We take a closer look at three key battles which could go a long way in deciding the outcome of Ajax Cape Town’s Absa Premiership match at Maritzburg United on Saturday.
Virgil Vries v Prince Nxumalo
Maritzburg goalkeeper Virgil Vries has enjoyed a solid season so far and looks to be establishing himself as one of the more reliable gloves-men in the PSL. He will come up against a striker hungry for goals in the shape of Prince Nxumalo. The Urban Warriors attacker has yet to score in the league in 2017 and will be keen to break his dry spell.
Evans Rusike v Rivaldo Coetzee
Rivaldo Coetzee will be looking to play another leading role in a clean sheet this week, having played 90 minutes in South Africa’s stalemate with Angola on Tuesday night. His main opponent on Saturday will be Evans Rusike, a speedy and mobile striker who presents a clear and direct threat to Ajax’s goal.
Kwanda Mngonyama v Travis Graham
Maritzburg’s Kwanda Mngonyama can be deployed in defence or midfield – should it be the latter, he will come head-to-head with another highly talented youngster in the shape of Travis Graham. The tussle between the two will go a long way in deciding who controls the ‘engine room’ in the middle of the park.