Franklin Cale believes Ajax Cape Town will defeat SuperSport United in the Telkom Knockout on Saturday, as the player faces his former mentor Cavin Johnson
Ajax faced Matsatsantsa in the Telkom Knockout last season, and were defeated in a penalty shoot-out after the match ended 1-1.
Cale was on the opposing side and is relishing the opportunity to meet his former employers, but thinks that Cavin Johnson will have the advantage due to his previous experience with Ajax Cape Town.
“We are playing SuperSport and they have one of the best coaches in the country in Cavin Johnson. He knows how Ajax plays and our movements because he comes from the youth [set-up],” Cale told reporters ahead of the match on Saturday.
Despite Ajax's poor start to the PSL season, Cale is confident that his side possesses enough firepower to overcome SuperSport on Saturday
“I am excited. It is against my former team and, of course, I want to win. I think the players also want to win,” Cale said.
After losing on penalties in last year's Telkom Knockout, Cale stated that the Urban Warriors have been preparing for a shoot-out, even though he believes that spot-kicks will not be required.
“I think our players are confident [in penalty taking], that is why we have been practicing the whole week with it. But I believe it won’t go to penalties – we will win it in fulltime," he said.
Cale targeted SuperSport United striker Mame Niang as Ajax's biggest threat on Saturday, saying that the towering forward may trouble the Urban Warrior's struggling defensive unit.
“I think the most difficult thing will be for our defenders. They have very quick and fast players up front. They also have the tall guy, Mame Niang, who is almost two metres," Cale said.
“He is a good header of the ball and he surprises the wingers. If our defenders do what they do best and work on the things the coach told them to do we will be fine.”