THE meteoric rise of Cape Town City FC has been a complete contrast to the gradual decline of neighbours Ajax Cape Town.
As the ever-growing Citizens continue to be the talk of the Mother City, the Urban Warriors lurk in their shadows.
With a single win in six matches, Ajax are a bit vulnerable as they travel to Goble Park to face Free State Stars tonight (7.30pm).
They started the 2017-18 season the same way as they finished the previous one, battling to maintain consistency in the league.
Not many would bet money on a win for them against Stars, who appear to have turned the corner under Luc Eymael.
“It’s another tough one against Stars. But we desperately need points,” said Ajax captain Mosa Lebusa. “We will fight, we will give our everything. We started the season poorly, no doubt. But one win will boost our morale.
“We will be okay once we all get on the same wavelength.”
Lebusa, who replaced Travis Graham as skipper, has found the leadership role tough. And losing retired veteran Nathan Paulse has also been a blow.
But he believes coach Stanley Menzo can help Ajax re-establish their competitive edge.
Said Menzo: “We have to create more chances and be more clinical in the final third, pass better, run better and score from the chances we get.
“Defensively it’s not so bad but defence is teamwork. As a team we have to defend better. We need to create confidence at either side of the pitch.”
The return of Toriq Losper, the attacking midfielder who had been out for 12 months with injury, is great news for Menzo.
Ea Lla Koto’s Eymael has used the international break to work on the fitness of his players.
A lot will be expected from a now-sharper Edward Manqele and Mohammed Anas.