Ertugral plots Chiefs downfall

Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral.
Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral.
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Muhsin Ertugral says he is certain his Ajax Cape Town charges will win Saturday's key Absa Premiership clash against Kaizer Chiefs and keep their status in the top flight.

The club, who sit second from bottom, must take all three points at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday in order to avoid being forced to play in the end-of-season promotion-relegation play-offs. "We are going to win, I really believe that in my heart," the Ajax coach said.

"My players are prepared, that's why they feel so relaxed going into this game."

Ertugral said Ajax had been hard at work in preparation for the match over the last fortnight since their last outing - a 3-1 loss away at champions Mamelodi Sundowns that left them stuck in 15th place.

"Most of the work has been on the mental aspect. We haven't done that much physical stuff and we've worked on our strengths and not our weaknesses.

"We cannot fix anything now in the matter of two weeks," said Ertugral.

The Ajax coach said his side had worked on how to get the ball quicker forward onto the attack, their timing of runs into the opposing area, what they should also do when they enter the opponent's defensive third and what to do when they lose the ball.

Ertugral said a lot of preparation had also centred on how they expected Chiefs to play.

"We've looked a lot at Chiefs' details, especially since Patrick [Mabedi] took over. Even if they have not been successful this season, we must say they are still a good team."

Ajax can still overtake Polokwane City, who are above them on the log, and Baroka and SuperSport United, who meet in Atteridgeville.

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