The three battles which will decide Ajax v CT City

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Following their heavy defeat to Bidvest Wits in midweek, Ajax Cape Town will be looking to bounce back in style when they face derby rivals Cape Town City on Saturday night. We pick three head-to-head battles which could go a long way in deciding the outcome of the match.

Lebogang Manyama v Jody February

Lebogang Manyama has been Cape Town City’s inspiration in attack this season, with the former Ajax man enjoying perhaps the best campaign of his career to date. The man tasked with keeping out his efforts at goal will be ‘keeper Jody February. The young shot-stopper conceded five against Wits in midweek and will be determined to bounce back with a clean sheet in this derby clash.

Mosa Lebusa v Aubrey Ngoma

A classic fullback v winger battle, with Ajax’s Mosa Lebusa looking to shackle Aubrey Ngoma. The latter has enjoyed a fine season to date and looks to be fulfilling his great potential, but he will find Lebusa a tough man to beat in one-on-one situations. If the Ajax defender can get the better of his opponent, it will go a long way in blunting CTC’s potent attack.

Mark Mayambela v Roland Putsche

Mark Mayambela has been one of Ajax’s main creative outlets this season and he will be looking to pull the strings behind the striker(s) against City on Saturday. To influence the game as he would like, Mayambela will have to escape the attention of Roland Putsche, the Austrian who has caught the eye as a forceful defensive midfielder in his first season in South Africa.

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