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Allie: Gunning three points

Allie: Gunning three points

Ajax Cape Town defender Nazeer Allie says three points is what they want from their Premier Soccer League (PSL) match against Platinum Stars on Saturday.


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Ajax travel to Rustenburg to face Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium and Allie admits the hosts are one of the better teams in the PSL.

"They did really well in the first half of the season, they were consistent and picked up points and it's no coincidence that they are third on the log," Allie said after a training session on Friday at Ikamva.

"They are a good team and it will be a good test for us, a challenge I believe we are up to. We can get the three points.

Ajax convincingly beat Stars 4-1 at the Cape Town Stadium in the first half of the season, but Allie does not think that will happen again.

"I think that time they had quite a few players and we were buzzing, and it was at home too. I don't think they will allow that to happen and it should be a tight game.

"Both teams want three points and both will fight for it, but I don't expect us to repeat that result," said Allie, who has played more than 100 games for the Urban Warriors.

Allie came on in the second half of the match against Moroka Swallows that ended 1-1 at the Cape Town Stadium and is not sure whether he will start the game against Dikwena. Senior players Granwald Scott and Matthew Booth were also on the bench.

"It's up to the coach. As you saw we have quality players in our squad and this is good for us as we all compete for a place in the starting 11. It does not matter who starts, I know we've got the players that will produce good performances."

Stars won their midweek fixture against Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 and have no injuries to report, only midfielder Solomon Mathe is out due to suspension.

Stars coach Cavin Johnson is wary of the threat Ajax pose even though they drew 1-1 with the Dube Birds.

"We know that we don't know what to expect, who will he (Ajax coach Jan Versleijin) play," Stars coach Cavin Johnson asked. "I watched them against Swallows and I am impressed.

"My team is fine, we all fit and ready but this is a new look Ajax, new coach and new players, we have to expect new things I suppose," said the former Ajax youth coach.

"We are motivated and want to continue winning, especially at home. The win against Celtic gave us confidence but Ajax presents a tough challenge."

Kickoff is at 3:30pm at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Posted: 15/02/13 11:23

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