from hero to foe

AJAX Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral will have a score to settle with former team Kaizer Chiefs when they square up in the semifinals of the lucrative MTN8 Cup at Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, tomorrow.

AJAX Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral will have a score to settle with former team Kaizer Chiefs when they square up in the semifinals of the lucrative MTN8 Cup at Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, tomorrow.

Kickoff is at 8.15pm.

Ertugral left the Naturena side unceremoniously last season and rejoined the Urban Warriors at the start of the season.

Last year he helped Amakhosi to lift the inaugural MTN8 Cup that carries an R8million first prize.

He will now hope to mastermind their fall with a crucial victory in tomorrow's home leg of this two-legged semifinal. The second leg will be played at Orlando Stadium on August 23.

Ajax have a arm-long injury list, with goalie Sean Roberts, defenders Nazier Allie and Mario Booysen, midfielder Granwald Scott, and striker Stanton Lewis all sidelined. But they are expected to come out spitting fire against Chiefs.

Ajax are still on cloud nine after conquering Soweto giants Orlando Pirates 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

"It is not going to be an easy path for Chiefs to win this clash in the Mother City because the spirit is high in the team," said Ajax spokesperson Shoes Mekuto. "We are going to give them a run for their money and would like to book a place in the final by all means."

He said his side has never won this event, which has taken on other guises.

On the other side Chiefs will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to retain the trophy without Ertugral.

The experience of Chiefs playmaker Tinashe Nengomasha in the midfield and Bafana Bafana goalie Itumeleng Khune is expected to play a major role in a Chiefs victory. Josta Dladla and Nkosinathi Nhleko are also players to watch from the Naturena ensemble.

Ajax's lively striker Thulani Serero, who was voted man of the match in the Bucs game, is expected to continue where he left off after scoring the first goal in that game. He is likely to give the Chiefs defence, marshalled by the resolute Valery Nahayo, a torrid time and should be ably assisted by the talented Dipsy Selolwane and Diyo Sibisi.

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