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August Enjoying New Challenge 30/10/03
Bradley August will not feature for Ajax Cape Town this Saturday due to three yellow cards received already this season.

Ajax are travelling to Johannesburg to play arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs in a Coca Cola cup semi-final at Ellis park.

The 25 year-old utility player is confident that his team will overcome the odds.

"It's always exciting and difficult to play against Chiefs and on paper I think we're evenly matched," said August.

"Unfortunately I'm not playing through suspension, but Brett (Evans) is back and he has proven himself as one of the best left-backs in the country."

August was not sure of how or where the rivalry between the Cape team and the Joburg team started, but he's excited about it.

"I'm not sure how it all started between us, but over the past year you'll see that they beat us in the Coke Cup and we beat them in the Absa Cup, and then again this year they managed to win in a premier league game. Most of the guys also know each other from the national team so it makes it very interesting when we play them."

August then spoke of the speedy wingers he comes up against week in and week out in the Castle Premiership.

"Joel Seroba, Abram Isaks and Jabu Pule are very difficult guys to mark. They each one have their own style and strengths, but I can't say I have sleepless nights about them."

August shot into prominence as a striker for Bafana Bafana, making his debut in August 2001 and he has 15 caps to his credit so far.

But it has been at the left-back position where Bradley has been making waves on the local soccer scene with some impressive performances this season.

"I don't mind playing at left-back, it's quite a challenge although it's nothing new for me because when I was with Gavin Hunt at Hellenic, he used me both in the left-back and left-wing position.

"Obviously I like scoring goals and if I get a chance to play up front I'll make the best of it."

"I'm enjoying the game right now as we are winning and the guys are confident of winning this season. I consider myself a utility player and whatever the coach wants, he'll get," August added.

August has won the Castle Premiership with Santos when Gordon Igesund was the coach and so this successful duo certainly know what it takes to make it to the top and will be hoping to repeat their achievement with the Urban Warriors.

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