Ajax aim for a cup double

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Ajax Cape Town are looking to spread their options for cup glory in the current season by challenging for both the GladAfrica Championship title and Nedbank Cup.

The “Urban Warriors” who are on top of the GladAfrica League table with a 3-point lead, now switches their focus to Mzansi’s FA Cup when they welcome fellow GladAfrica Championship side TS Sporting in a last 32 clash at the Athlone Stadium tonight (19:30).

Speaking at the Nedbank Cup press conference in Cape Town yesterday, interim Ajax assistant coach Dylan Dean says the club is on the right track to fulfilling their ambitions set at the beginning of the season.

“I think it’s important for us that at the beginning of the season we set ourselves goals and ambitions. And one of those was for us to compete in all competitions, the League and the Nedbank Cup,” said Dean.

“We want to do well as possible as we can, and for us I think we have done well in the League. We managed to get through the (early) rounds of the Nedbank Cup, and obviously our objective against Sporting is to reverse the last result in the League and progress to the next round,” said the Ajax coach.

This clash will be the third time that these 2 sides meet this season, as they have already met twice in the League where Ajax won 3-2 away in the 1st leg and TS Sporting won the reverse fixture at Athlone by 1-0 in January this year.

Ajax were dealt what could be seen as a big blow when head coach, now former coach Andris Ulderink resigned unexpectedly last week.

But Dylan Dean says the senior players have been instrumental in keeping the momentum and the spirit high at the club.

“Everyone has contributed, and our experienced players they were important because obviously they guide the youngsters. They bring the calmness in the game, they bring the right attitude at training the likes of Isaac Nhlapho, Eleazar Rodgers and our goalkeeper Nick Hengelman, Grant Margerman, Junior Sibande.

Those are some of the guys we look to, to control the dressing room,” concluded Dean.

By Shane Matsoyane

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