Ajax Cape Town and Chippa United seek quick fixes to aid their PSL survival battles

Jan Versleijen warns the under-performing Urban Warriors following their latest defeat while Chippa United bring back Roger Sikhakhane in a last ditch attempt to save their season
Cape Town-based clubs Ajax Cape Town and Chippa United occupy the last two spots in the PSL standings, with both sides facing the drop at the end of the season, unless there is a dramatic change in the performances of players and coaching staff.

Both sides are currently desperate for points and are utilising different techniques to help save their seasons.

On Wednesday Chippa United brought back Roger Sikhakhane as a technical director of the side for the rest of the campaign. Sikhakhane was responsible for bringing the club into the PSL last season and has been brought back on two occasions to help enliven Chippa's fight for survival. 

Sikhakhane will aid Wilfred Mugeyi is trying to stave off relegation, but the constant shifting of coaching staff at the club has led to a lack of stability for the PSL newcomers, despite the marquee signing of Benjani Mwaruwari.

Ajax Cape Town was outplayed  3-1 by Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday night, with Mabhudi Khenyeza earning a red card in the dying embers of the game. Jan Versleijen, still without a win since taking over from former coach Jan Pruijin, took his players to task following the game.

“I told them that you are standing with two feet on the edge of a cliff, and one more push from the back and you are gone," Versleijen said after the loss in Pretoria.

“It’s easy to criticise; it’s easy to point fingers and it’s easy to say to people this is not good. But that does not help us now. I want this group with all the qualities to stand up for each other.

“I said to them their lives in football depends on the next six or seven weeks. And not only their football lives, but their personal life too. You go down, you lose your job as a player, you have to play in the second league, your money is going down and suddenly your whole life changes.”

The never-ending chopping and changing at Ikamva has meant that the players have been in constant doubt about their future at the club, which is not aided by the inexperience in their ranks.

Versleijen also questioned Khenyeza's professionalism after the game, as the striker was sent off for an unnecessary tackle late on.

“That’s unprofessional. You are 3-1 down and the team needs you and then you make a foul like that. He will miss one or two more games.”

With seven match-days left in the season, both teams do have opportunities to survive the drop. However, whether Jan Versleijen's hardline approach or the return of Roger Sikhakhane will help to stave off relegation remains to be seen.