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Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town


Mathoho: Set for Chiefs return

Mathoho: Set for Chiefs return

Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to get back to winning ways in the PSL when they host Ajax Cape Town at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday evening.


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Amakhosi saw their unbeaten start to the Premiership campaign come to an end last week, with the Glamour Boys slumping to a 2-0 defeat to Platinum Stars.

That result allowed the league leaders' bitter rivals Orlando Pirates to climb to within a point at the summit, and with the Soweto derby scheduled for this coming Saturday, anything but three points in midweek could see Stuart Baxter's men slip five behind the Buccaneers come the end of the weekend.

The Urban Warriors, meanwhile, will be hoping to maintain their recent improvement, with Jan Pruijn's side having taken four points from their last two league matches, results which followed on from two successive defeats to Black Leopards and Free State Stars respectively.

The Ikamva outfit do, however, sit just two points above the relegation zone with 12 games already played.

In team news, Chiefs are boosted by the return of Eric Mathoho and Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who missed out the defeat to Dikwena with a muscle strain and suspension respectively.

Baxter, otherwise, has no new suspension or injury concerns to deal with, although whether he picks his strongest possible squad is yet to be seen, given the upcoming clash against Bucs.

Ajax, meanwhile, are set to welcome Bradley Grobler and Koen van de Laak back from their respective knee injuries, a boost Pruijn feels they will need if they are to get something out of the game.

Speaking to Football411 on Monday, the coach said: "(Chiefs) are a high scoring team, comprising of two top goal scorers in the league and we must come up with a strategy to try and stop them."

Pruijn also has some decisions to make in his back-line, but believes whoever plays will need to give their all against the Soweto juggernauts.

He continued: "Whether it will be (Matthew) Booth, Nazeer (Allie), Thulani (Hlatshwayo) or Aiden (Jennicker) playing, they will have a certain job to do.

"But we will prepare the same way we always do when coming up against two strikers of good quality.

"Whatever strategy it will be, we will have to do with sharpness, cleverness and awareness. But we must have enough bodies defensively so to deal with the chances they create."

Posted: 03/12/12 12:16

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