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Ajax Cape Town’s Muhsin Ertugral wary of Sundowns threat

3:22 PM IST 27/04/18
Muhsin Ertugral, Ajax Cape Town
The Turkish manager wants to derail Sundowns' title charge and ensure that his team survives relegation

Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral has hailed his next opponents, Mamelodi Sundowns as one of the biggest teams in South Africa, but says they will have to beat them.

The Turkish manager will lead his men as they desperately need a win on Saturday in the Premier Soccer League as they hope to move away from the relegation play-off spot.

Ajax are placed 15th on the log table with 31 points and will hope to see 14th-placed SuperSport United lose to Chippa United on the same day.

Although they have bagged two successive wins over Bidvest Wits and Baroka FC at home, travelling to Tshwane will pose a challenge for the Urban Warriors.

The Mother City side succumbed to a 2-1 loss to the Brazilians in the reverse fixture at home and will now want to stun Pitso Mosimane’s men and halt their championship celebrations.

For Sundowns, a win will secure their eighth title as they are fresh from a 2-2 draw against maritzburg United on Wednesday night.

“We will see if we can do it (getting four points in the last two games). We have to give it a go because it is important that Ajax stay in the PSL,” said Ertugral.

“We will now regroup and prepare for Sundowns. After such a tense game (against Baroka), in which everybody played with heart, we will have to see who’s available,” he said.

“Sundowns are a great side though. How they play is unbelievable. I have great respect for them. They are not easy to play against and we will have to find a way to stop them,” said he former Orlando Pirates boss.

“The next game for us is important – Sundowns. We know how difficult it’s going to be, and we’re playing against a really great side,” he reacted.

“This team is too good in my opinion, by far in South African football, not only that, but in the individual parts as well. They will be fresh against us,” he concluded.  

The encounter will be staged at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 15:00.