Luc Eymael expects an open game against Ajax CT

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Polokwane City head coach Luc Eymael is geared for what he believes will be a tightly contested Absa Premiership encounter against Ajax Cape Town this Saturday.

Rise and Shine welcome the Urban Warriors to the Peter Mokaba Stadium following a 1-1 draw away to Highlands Park last time out. Sipho Jembula with a 95th minute equaliser for the Limpopo side.

As a result, Polokwane City remain sixth on the log standings, having been held to a 1-1 stalemate by Maritzburg United in their opening game of the New Year.

“It was finally a good point against Highlands Park, we played the better football – we played good football, unfortunately we took so long to score,” Eymael said.

“It was difficult to come back, we hit the crossbar ,we showed great fighting spirit and eventually scored. We need to build on that, to try and get three points against Ajax.

Eymael believes Stanley Menzo’s troops will head up north eager to prove a point following successive defeats to Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City.

“We have be careful as they will try to bounce back after losing two games. Ajax are a good technical team with skillful players,” Eymael added. “I think it will be an open game, let’s wait and see, but we are at home and we have to try our best get three points.

“They will try and bounce back, do their maximum to bounce back. Stanley is a big competitor, but yes we have to try and collect all three points against tough opposition.

The Belgium-born mentor continued: “We have to improve, after one-and-a-half months not playing competitive games, we we didn’t play our best football against Maritzburg or Highlands.

“Two out of six points this year, we have to build on that and try and win more games, at home especially,” he concluded.

Ajax will depart for Polokwane via Johannesburg this Friday, returning to the Mother City on Sunday.

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