Absa Premiership: Platinum Stars v Ajax Cape Town
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg
Platinum Stars will be looking to carry on their fine form when they host Ajax Cape Town at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium this weekend.
Dikwena have lost only five games so far in the ABSA Premiership this season and only two in their last 12 outings as they climbed up to third place on the PSL log.
Stars’ last game saw them beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0, with goals from Henrico Botes and Robert Ng’ambi sealing victory and securing the club’s first win of 2013.
Now they take on Ajax, who have struggled for form this season, and their star performer, Botes, is looking for them to keep up their impressive home form.
Botes, the team’s top scorer this season, told Soccer-Laduma, “We’re looking to consolidate our position on the log, we want to be amongst the title contenders. It’s tough, we’ve got three games in seven days, but we’re doing well. We need to make sure we’re recovered and at our best on Saturday. They hammered us the last time we played them in Cape Town and we’ve got a score to settle.”
Meanwhile, the Urban Warriors threw away a 1-0 lead over Moroka Swallows to draw 1-1 in their first game following the African Cup of Nations break, meaning that their new coach, Jan Versleijen, had to settle for just a point on his debut.
The Cape Town-based side are currently sitting third bottom in the Absa Premiership having won only four games since the season began, though one of those was a 4-1 hammering over today’s opposition.
Keagan Dolly, the talented Ajax winger, has told the crew that they’re in good spirits and are hoping to build on the draw with Swallows.
The youngster said, “We’re enjoying ourselves under the new coach, we’re working well together. We’re now looking forward to the Stars game, we’ve been told to take it one game at a time and that’s what we’re doing. Once we have our confidence the results will follow, we’re going out there for three points.”
Dikwena have lost just once at home this season, winning seven of their eight games, however, of the last nine times that they have hosted Ajax they have won only two matches.
The two sides have met 19 times since 2003/2004 with Ajax winning 10 of the match ups, losing just three times, a run that Stars will be keen to end.
Plat Stars: W-W-W-L-W
Players to watch
Plat Stars: Henrico Botes
Ajax: Khama Billiat