Ajax Cape Town forward Nathan Paulse is looking forward to coming up against Kaizer Chiefs in his hometown this weekend, as the Urban Warriors aim to bring an abrupt halt to the Glamour Boys rich run of form.
The 34-year-old is expected to lead the Ajax Cape Town attack on Saturday evening having started successive games against Cape Town City and Polokwane City respectively.
The Athlone-born forward expects nothing but an unbelievable atmosphere inside the Athlone Stadium, with the Urban Warriors and Amakhosi faithful to paint the stadia red, white, black and gold.
“A Kaizer Chiefs game is always a big game, regardless what your form is like in the league in build-up to playing against them – playing against them is always a great occasion and something I really enjoy,” said Paulse.
“When Kaizer Chiefs are doing well, everyone in the PSL, in fact, the whole South Africa is more interested, more fans come to watch. It is easy for Chiefs to attract a big audience, they can be off form the whole season, but just win a few games and all the fans are back.
Paulse continued: “That whole atmosphere, for me as a player that is very exciting. At the end of the day – as I said – you as a player can be off form for the whole of the season, but if you do well against Kaizer Chiefs, for the next year – guaranteed – the public will know who you are.
“It will be a nice occasion and I will certainly enjoy myself if I play.
A Kaizer Chiefs game for Paulse can’t come without the burly striker thinking back to the 2015 MTN8 Final; when his goal spearheaded the Urban Warriors to a 1-0 win over the Soweto giants in Port Elizabeth.
Contrary to popular belief, Paulse did not shed a tear moments after the guiding the ball past Itumeleng Khune…
“I have fond memories of scoring against Kaizer Chiefs. I actually this week got asked if I was crying after the goal I scored [in the MTN8 final]…I said no, it was just the emotion in that split second that I got caught,” Paulse added.
“It was a final, being back at Ajax for a year just gave me a greater sense of…I came back home and I’ve helped the club win a cup again after a long wait and that emotion just spilt out.
“I never cried, I was just overjoyed and thankful to God for that opportunity,” he concluded.