Ajax Cape Town head coach Muhsin Ertugral has talked up Stellenbosch FC ahead of this weekend’s Ikapa Derby at Cape Town Stadium. Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.
The clash will be the club’s second National First Division (NFD) match of the week, having played to a goalless draw against Cape Umoya United at the same venue on Tuesday afternoon.
The result moved the Urban Warriors onto four points from two matches, having beaten Jomo Cosmos 2-1 in Vosloorus earlier this month.
“Two away games, from the outside it doesn’t look bad but for me it is not enough,”said Ertugral. “We have to do better.
“They [Stellenbosch] have a very good coach that I respect and like. His contribution to South African football and what he has achieved over the past few years is there for everyone to see, and he has done very well in bringing talent through the ranks.
“Stellenbosch are a good team, a team with good structure and they will definitely challenge for the title this season. We played a friendly against them not to long ago and it was really tough, so we expect another good game.
Furthermore, Ertugral stated that the amount of Cape derbies in the NFD this season will make it more challenging for a club from the province to win the league.
“It definitely makes it more difficult, these are derbies. It is up to us, though, to overcome these challenges and that is the most important thing,” Ertugral concluded.
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