The Citizens are lying pretty in the third place on the ABSA Premiership log with the Urban Warriors in a relegation battle in 13th spot. However, a derby is a derby with no quarter asked or given.
The two Cape Town clubs are still on opposite sides of the league standings and City have won all three derbies, but coach, Benni McCarthy and club owner, John Comitis want to maintain their dominance to prove that they are the best team in Cape Town and that the fans will come out in their droves.
John Comitis, Cape Town City owner says, “The entire first tier is open 20 000 ticket sales are much higher than I’ve ever seen in the derbies and I’m over confident of a capacity crowd.”
City have lost the services of Lehohlonolo Majoro to Wits, Aubrey Ngoma to Sundowns and will also lose captain, Robyn Johannes to Wits at the end of the season.
But they have also strengthened the squad with defender, Kwanda Mngonyama from Sundowns, Suprise Raleni from Swedish club Helsborgs IF and Kenyan sensation Masoud Juma.
Cape Town City captain Robyn Johannes, says, “We are expecting a tough game. Ajax have a new coach so a new way of playing we have to bring our A game as we always do and games like this don’t need any motivation.
Added to the mix has been the fall out of the Comitis and Efstathiou families who now run Ajax and the derby has all the ingredients of a match boiling over.
Cape Town City owner John Comitis, says, “To me what has created more flavour to the mix is that Muhsin has joined them he has been very vocal in supporting me in person, our club in the sense now he is on the other side just puts more salt in the mix.”
The Cape derby should be a cracker.