Pirates and Ajax meet again

Pirates and Ajax meet again
Luvuyo Memela of Orlando Pirates tackled by Siyanda Zwane of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 31 January 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Feb 09, 2018. 14:00

Just a week and a half after meeting in the league, Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town will renew hostilities in a Nedbank Cup match at Orlando Stadium on 10 February 2018, kick-off at 20h15.

Pirates come into the match having claimed a 2-1 league win at home to Maritzburg United this past weekend, a result which pushed them up to second on the log. The Soweto side has won four of their six matches since the turn of the year and will aim to keep up that form in knockout football.

The Buccaneers are eight-time winners of the Nedbank Cup (1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2011, 2014) and last year they got as far as the final before suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of SuperSport United.

Ajax come into the match having played to a 1-1 draw away to Polokwane City in a league clash this past weekend. The Cape side have put together a run of three unbeaten games and will be hoping to extend that when they take on Pirates in this knockout clash.

The Urban Warriors have won the Nedbank Cup just once, claiming the trophy back in 2007. Last year they suffered an embarrassing exit in the last 32 round at the hands of lower-league KwaDukuza United - the teams drew 2-2 after extra time before United won 4-3 on penalties.

In head-to-head stats, Pirates and Ajax have met in nine previous cup matches. The Urban Warriors have claimed five wins compared to three for the Buccaneers, while one match was drawn. This will be their first meeting in the Nedbank Cup, with all their previous knockout matches in either the Top Eight (MTN8 and predecessors) or League Cup (Telkom Knockout and predecessors).

The teams’ last cup meeting was at the beginning of the 2015/16 season, when they clashed in the quarterfinals of the MTN8: Ajax claimed a 1-0 away win thanks to goal from Ndiviwe Mdabuka.

Across all competitions, Pirates and Ajax have met in 47 matches since 1999/2000. The Soweto side has claimed 24 wins compared to 12 for their Cape Town counterparts. The teams have met twice in the league this season: Bucs claimed a 1-0 home win back in September, while the teams crossed swords again on January 31 and the Urban Warriors claimed an emphatic 3-0 win in Cape Town.




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