Warriors keen to dim Stars

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Ajax Cape Town are confident of sending Free State Stars packing from the Telkom Knockout last 16 stage at Athlone Stadium tomorrow night.

The fact that the game will be played in Cape Town, the Urban Warriors' home ground, makes them favourites to move to the next round of the lucrative competition.

Ajax spokesman Thabiso "Shooz" Mekuto said there was no way that they would be booted out of the tournament by the QwaQwa side.

"Although it is a tricky encounter we have the advantage and will make it to the next round. Stars may be a good team, but they do not have a credible record to beat us at home.

"We have been playing well at home and we need to keep the momentum going. Our major aim is to go all the way to the final," he said.

In the first edition of the Telkom Knockout last season, the Urban Warriors lost 3-1 to Platinum Stars in the final played at Super Stadium. They have vowed to go one better this time round.

"There is a lot at stake - the trophy and the R4,25 million first prize on offer. So this mouth-watering amount has motivated the youngsters," said Mekuto.

"The guys are ready and looking forward to the game, they want us to lift the prestigious trophy."

Mekuto added that coach Craig Rosslee, who took over from Muhsin Ertugral, has brought a lot of improvement to the team.

A number of key Ajax players are back in training after recent injuries but will not be in the team that will play Ea lla Koto.

Players such as Nazier Allie, Clifford Ngobeni, Nhanhla Tshabalala and Mkhanyiseli Siwahla will not be available for selection.