AJAX Cape Town and Foppe de Haan are finally on the same page, and the result is their current third position on the Absa Premiership table.
The Cape side host AmaZulu this afternoon at Boland Stadium (3.30pm). This is a match Ajax absolutely have to win in order to keep up with the leaders.
"I don't know if it is accurate to say the chase is on since the others have a game or two in hand. But we are still in it, and are really motivated," said Ajax striker George Maluleke, who scored his first goal for the Urban Warriors against Wits last weekend since joining them from SuperSport United.
"I did not really struggle to get used to the team's system," he said.
Maluleke reckons that Sibusiso Hadebe and Dumisani Ngwenya are always problematic, more so as Usuthu come from a 2-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic at the weekend.
Most of Ajax players are available although Lance Davids was the latest in the long list of injuries that includes captain Brett Evans.
For a team that has struggled for the better part of the season, AmaZulu's recent three wins out of four matches record must be significant.
Spokesperson Philani Mabaso said his team would not return from the Cape empty-handed.
"Ajax at home are lethal, but like we did last season, we could return with a point, and maybe three, provided we stick to our planning," said Mabaso.
With Ntokozo Sikhakhane and Belux Bukasa back in the team, the only casualties are suspended Ayanda Dlamini and Myron Shongwe, who is injured.
l Meanwhile, Lamontville Golden Arrows host Free State Stars at Chatsworth Stadium, also at 3.30pm, in a match that can go either way.