Cape Town’s two PSL teams kick off their campaign tonight hoping to make big statements.
New boys Cape Town City want to show that they will be a force in the top flight on their debut as they host Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium (kickoff 7.30pm).
Meanwhile, Ajax Cape Town have a great chance to start a new habit of winning away as they face PSL rookies Baroka FC in Polokwane and rid themselves of their reputation of struggling outside of the Cape.
Back in the Mother City, City have gone to great lengths to lift their profile since their launch last month.
Owner John Comitis went on a recruitment drive to bolster his 14-man squad of old Aces and added a number of foreigners, while also adding some local talent and Bafana Bafana players – defender Tshepo Gumede and striker Lehlohonolo Majoro.
Majoro will shoulder most of the responsibility of getting goals for the City Boys with the club unable to retain the services of last term’s PSL top goalscorer Collins Mbesuma.
Vice-captain Vincent Kobola says: “The area the coach is most concerned about is scoring goals.
“Majoro has experience. He’s been there before and he can score goals for us.
“We just have to support him and give him the encouragement so that he can push and get the goals for us.”
City’s cross-town rivals Ajax need a good start away from home but will have to do it without their top scorer Prince Nxumalo, who is out of the Baroka clash with a hamstring problem.
Olympic striker Tashreeq Morris and veteran Nathan Paulse are Roger de Sa’s options to lead the line as the Urban Warriors look to get a fast start.
New boy Thabo Mosadi believes that Ajax have what it takes to win the title, with De Sa hoping to add some experience and creativity as negotiations with Mark Mayambela and Lebohang “Cheeseboy” Mokoena continue.
Mosadi says: “Ajax are able to finish on top, as you can see here we have players who have a lot of energy, they are skillful and they are football-minded.
“We can compete and go into the December break leading the table.”