Cape sides gear up for derby

Ajax Cape Town's Abel Mabaso and Cape Town City's Ibrahim Seedat battle for the ball earlier this season.

It’s been a while since Ajax Cape Town have been considered underdogs in any Cape derby but that’s exactly the case as the Urban Warriors gear up to face Cape Town City.

The two sides are set to face off at Cape Town Stadium, on Saturday February 11.

Looking at the log standings, it is only fair to consider City favourites going in to the game, especially after their 3-0 victory against Highlands, at Cape Town Stadium, on Tuesday.

The win propelled them to second spot on the log behind Bidvest Wits, who beat Ajax 5-0 in Johannesburg on the same night.

The Citizens have now collected 28 points after winning eight, drawing four and losing four of their 16 league matches.

Ajax, on the other hand, are sitting at number eleven with 18 points having won five, drawn three and lost eight of their 16 matches.

And after what happened in their first round fixture earlier this season when City won 1-0, Ajax coach Stanley Menzo will look to get one over Eric Tinkler’s Citizens.

Veteran Ajax striker Nathan Paulse says his young teammates should not stress too much, but should enjoy themselves and play to the best of their abilities.

The match is being seen as a throwback to the great derbies of yesteryear between teams such as Cape Town Spurs and Hellenic and the original Cape Town City.

For Paulse, it’s business as usual. “It is a nice occasion but we will approach it as any other game and not put ourselves under an unnecessary pressure,” he said.

Despite City being a new team in the Cape it has stamped its authority and the clash between the two teams have drawn some respected crowd.

The same is expected on Saturday and besides the bragging rights there is three points at stake.

Kick-off is at 8.15pm