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By unknown | Dec 19, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Most Mamelodi Sundowns supporters left Super Stadium on Wednesday night convinced of their team's change of fortunes after the 3-0 drubbing handed to the inept Maritzburg United.

But their powers of recovery will be tested by Ajax Cape Town in an Absa Premiership match at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town tomorrow night at 8.15.

Sundowns striker Surprise Moriri feels the supporters' confidence is not misplaced.

Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, Moriri said they were determined to maintain their winning rhythm by collecting the three points in the Mother City.

"We are all geared up by the win and we could not have asked for better motivation going to Cape Town than winning so impressively. We have to start winning consistently to keep on challenging for the league title," Moriri said.

Wednesday's match may also have heralded a return to form for once-revered forward Collins Mbesuma, who scored twice.

But it remains to be seen if he will find the net tomorrow.

Mbesuma had a lethargic start to the season, scoring only once for Downs before Wednesday's match against Maritzburg United.

The Zambian will have to deal with talented defender Eduardo Ferreira, who could frustrate him.

The Urban Warriors will also have Nazeer Allie and Brett Evans to deal with the Brazilians' wingers.

Craig Rosslee, the astute Ajax coach, will be minus gifted defender Clayton Daniels who was given his marching orders when they drew 1-all against Platinum Stars in midweek.

He might not have found the net against The Tycoons, but Mabhuti Khenyeza remains The Urban Warriors' trusted player up front.

Sifiso Vilakazi also has a knack of scoring crucial goals for Ajax and it will be foolhardy of Siboniso Gaxa and company to underestimate the former Free State Stars marksman.

Ajax could be punished if Moriri is allowed to do as he pleases because of his influence in the team.

Moriri is buoyed after scoring on Wednesday and his performance earned him the man of the match award.

Ajax players and officials could not be reached for comment yesterday as they were parading their prized Telkom Knockout trophy in the Mother City at the time of going to print.

You will recall that I actually predicted that Orlando Pirates would win the cup.

It is history now that the Urban Warriors went on to prove me wrong.

I am still bloated after being forced to eat the proverbial humble pie.

Downs had better tread carefully because Ajax seem to be on a silent path to the league championship title.

Meanwhile, SuperSport United welcome Santos to Super Stadium in Atteridgeville tomorrow at 3.30pm in a match that could go either way.

United have an intelligent coach in Gavin Hunt, and his troops are motivated by being at the top of the table.


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