Cape Town City - Ajax Cape Town Preview: Fireworks expected in iKapa Derby
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Bragging rights will once again be up for grabs as the Citizens look to do the double over their cross-town rivals on Saturday afternoon

Ajax Cape Town will look to end their poor derby form as they take on cross-town rivals Cape Town City on Saturday afternoon.

The clash promises to be an exciting battle, considering the contrasting fortunes which both clubs have experienced in recent times.

The Citizens are currently in third place on the log, and know that victory will see them narrow the gap between themselves and leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Ajax though, will be highly motivated going into the clash as they previously beat Platinum Stars 3-1 in their last outing with new signing Tendai Ndoro finding the back of the net on debut.

The Zimbabwean forward in particular, could be vitally important in coach Muhsin Ertugral’s game plan and could potentially form a lethal attacking partnership with Ajax’s top scorer Tashreeq Morris.

Yannick Zakri completed his loan move to the Urban Warriors earlier in the week, but he won't feature because he hasn't received his paperwork.  

City too have bolstered their attacking department adequately, and it remains to be seen whether or not coach Benni McCarthy opts to give Kenyan striker Masoud Juma a run.

The forward is seen as one of Kenya’s brightest attacking talents and should he be unleashed against Ajax, fireworks should be expected. Juma along with another Bradley ‘Surprise’ Ralani could pose many questions for an Ajax defence that will be without without Isaac Nhlapo

Nonetheless, while City may go into the match off the back of a defeat to Free State Stars, they will certainly favour their chances.

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Historically speaking, Ajax have never beaten City since their neighbours inception, and they will look to keep that impressive record going at the Cape Town Stadium, especially after they defeated Ajax 2-0 in the last meeting between the two sides.

It is also important to note that Ajax cannot afford to take their eye of the ball until the very end. City have scored 44% of their goals between the 75th and 90th minute mark, which means that Ertugral will need to ensure that his side remains compact and organised throughout.

Nevertheless, with so much to play for going into the clash as both clubs stand the chance of moving up the table, the iKapa Derby again promises to thrill what should be a healthy crowd in attendance.

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