Jody February vows to help Ajax Cape Town ensure PSL survival against Kaizer Chiefs

Sibusiso Vilakazi, Mamelodi Sundowns & Jody February, Ajax Cape Town, April 2018
The Urban Warriors net minder will be turning 22 on May 12 when they host Amakhosi in the Mother City

Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Jody February has vowed to help the Urban Warriors beat Kaizer Chiefs in their final Premier Soccer League (PSL) match.

The Mother City-based outfit currently find themselves faced with a spot in the PSL/National First Division relegation play-offs spot.

However, a win for them and a loss for teams such as SuperSport United, Baroka FC and Polokwane City will see them remain in the top flight.

For Muhsin Ertugral’s men, a win will bring relief within their camp, and their star keeper believes that because the clash falls on his birthday, there will be added motivation to beat the Soweto giants.

The Urban Warriors are fresh from a 3-1 loss in to league champions Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend and February said explained that they have analysed the match and will work hard to rectify those errors come the clash at the Cape Town Stadium.

“We simply have to beat Chiefs, we will be treating the game like a cup final,” he told IOL.

“It’s my birthday, and it would be fantastic to celebrate my birthday with a win, and safety for the club,"he insisted.

“Every member of the squad knows what’s at stake. On Monday, we sat down with the technical staff and analysed our mistakes in the 3-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns at the weekend. We looked at what we did right, what we did wrong, and where we need to improve,” he said.

“I’m sure that, as the days go by, we will be working hard on our game and our minds as the coaches prepare the game plan for Chiefs on my birthday,” he noted.

“The most important point, though, is that it is in our hands, we don’t have to depend on other results. Irrespective of what the other teams do, if we win, we are safe," he reacted.

“The one thing I can tell you is that we don’t want to be in the play-offs; we know how tough that can be, that is why we are determined to go all out and beat Chiefs on the final day of the season,” said the shot stopper.

Speaking about their loss to the Brazilians last Saturday, the South African U23 keeper said it was one of the busiest matches he has ever played in. 

“The game against Sundowns was probably the busiest I’ve been in the last few games,” added February.

“I made a few good saves and hopefully that was good for our goal difference. But it’s no use people saying I played well because we still lost the game,” he continued.

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“But what has been most frustrating for us is that it always seems, because we are down on the log where we are, things just don’t fall for us. Luck is never on our side and the ball doesn’t roll our way,” said the former development keeper.

“The last few times we played Chiefs, it was the little things that let us down. We have to make sure we enter the game with no nerves, show the heart and character required, and just get the win,” he concluded.