Last seasons losing Absa Cup finalists Ajax Cape Town start their quest to go one further when they host fellow Castle Premiership team Dynamos at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.
Ironically Dynamos were eliminated in the first round of the same competition by the Urban Warriors 3-1 at Newlands Stadium last season.
However, the fortunes of both teams have changed considerably since last season with Ajax challenging for league honours this time around and Dynamos fighting to stave off relegation.
This season Wilfred Mugeyi, Kanku Mulekelayi, Grant Igesund and company have transformed the Urban Warriors into a team that is feared by all opponents.
Dynamos will have to call on all their firing power if they are to entertain the idea of turning last seasons defeat around.
Gerald Raphahlela, the captain of Dynamos, will have to marshal his defence like he used to do to such great effect while still Orlando Pirates if he wants to clear the first hurdle in this season's competition.