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It's a huge game for us - Igesund 14/05/04
With Kaizer Chiefs' shock loss to SuperSport United on Wednesday night, Ajax Cape Town's clash with Sundowns at the Newlands Stadium tonight has taken on even more importance.

A win tonight will see the Urban Warriors trailing the Amakhosi by only two points with both teams having four games to go before the end of the season.

And Ajax coach Gordon Igesund has realised that Chiefs are feeling the pressure and aims to increase that even more with a win tonight.

"Wednesday night's result was great for us. We now have to keep the pressure on Chiefs. They are in a slump and it's important that we continue to breathe down their necks," he told the Argus.

SuperSport's win has given the three-time PSL winning coach renewed hope of challenging for the league title, which has lifted the spirits in the club following their Absa Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Manning Rangers.

"Now we have a real chance. They have given us another sniff at the title. We have to go into the game positively and play to our potential," he said.

Igesund has a full squad to choose from, with the exception of the injured Wilfred Mugeyi, and is considering drafting Bradley August, who has been playing at left back, into a forward position.

While the Cape side challenge for the league title the Brazilians will play for pride.

Sundowns have acquired a 'sole owner' in mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, and with the man in-charge taking the club back to it's roots, Mamelodi, the dented players' pride have received a major confidence boost with the changes.

"What about us? We also have a reputation to uphold and my players know that the high name of the club is at stake and it is up to them to ensure the Sundowns name is upheld and respected across the continent," Dolezar confirmed the sentiment on the Downs website.

Contrary to the Cape glamour boys' ambitions, the three-time Castle Premiership champions, in 10th place, have a slight chance of making it to the top eight half of the table.

Having only won six of their 27 encounters, the season has been dismal to say the least and Ajax's climb to the top from near-relegation last season is evidence of the unpredictability of the PSL.

However, Downs coach Paul Dolezar is optimistic that his team can overcome the Ikamva-based team.

"I have seen Ajax on three occasions including their 1-0 loss to Lamontville Golden Arrows," said Dolezar, "and frankly, I don't think they have anything special nor do I fear that they may bring something exceptional."

Igesund's men will certainly feel otherwise and will be out to prove Dolezar wrong. 

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