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No Ill-Tempered Affair - Igesund 08/12/03
Ajax Cape Town coach Gordon Igesund has scoffed at reports that Sundays clash with Orlando Pirates at Johannesburg Stadium was an ill-tempered affair.

Both teams were reduced to 10 men in the second-half - Wilfred Mugeyi for the visitors and Bucs capatain Papi Khomane both sent for early showers in a game that ended 1-1.

But Igesund disagreed with media reports that labeled the clash as fiery.

"I won't say it was ill-tempered, he said. It was played with a lot of passion as both teams were going for the win.

"The players went in with strong tackles but there was no animosity between them as they know each other

It was not played with bad intentions as a win for any team would see them topping the log."

"The match was evenly contested and I'd say the result was a fair reflection of the game, he added.

With four regulars missing through injury and suspension, Igesund had to throw a few youngsters in at the deep end against the mighty Buccaneers.

"The guys that came in for Shane(Poggenpoel) and for Kanku(Mulekeyali) did really well and it just shows the depth we have here," said Igesund.

"In a squad of 22 players we don't want guys thinking they are automatic choices and this was proven yesterday away from home and in front of the Pirates supporters who demand nothing less than a win from their team.

The Urban Warriors host Moroka Swallows on Wednesday night at Newlands Stadium and Igesund will again rely on his reserves.

"Moroka Swallows are one point ahead of us and once again whoever wins will lead the Premiership, said Igesund.

"There is not much time to prepare and I'd have to shuffle some players around but we'll be ready."

Swallows are third on the latest standings with 23 points, with Ajax two places back in fifth place on 22 points.

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