Fireworks in Cape derby

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

A great display of soccer is in the offing in the Mother City tomorrow night where Santos welcome Ajax Cape Town.

The eagerly-awaited Cape Town derby takes place at Athlone Stadium, one of the facilities in the area which will be used as a training venue for the 2010 World Cup. Kickoff is at 8pm.

The derby comes at a time when the youthful Urban Warriors are leading the league with 25 points from 13 games.

This is despite dropping four points in the last two games when they went down 1-2 to Orlando Pirates and played to a 1-1 draw with struggling Mamelodi Sundowns.

"It's a big game on Saturday night and you don't need to motivate the players in such a game. Everybody is looking forward to the game," said Ajax spokesman Thabiso Mekuto.

"What makes us happy is that the derby comes at a time when Santos seem to have turned the corner after collecting seven points in the last three games.

"Our plan is to end 2007 right where we are at the moment, topping the log. We won't allow anybody to take it away from us."

Santos have warned their neighbours not to expect any favours as they want to extend their unbeaten run to four games.

This was after they beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0, drew 1-all with Kaizer Chiefs and shocked the in-form SuperSport United 1-0.

"The spirits are high in the camp after some pretty great results, we are going all out for a win," said Edries Burton, Santos' chief opera- tions officer, yesterday.

In Johannesburg on the same night, Bidvest Wits take on Thanda Royal Zulu in another Premiership match at Milpark Stadium.

The game starts at 8pm.