CAPE TOWN - After a difficult and troubling campaign, it has all come down to the very last game of the PSL season for Ajax Cape Town. But, and this is the rub, as in all situations such as this, there is good news and bad news.
The good news is that Ajax hold their destiny in their own hands; they don’t have to rely on results elsewhere to ensure they avoid the play-off spot (15th) on the PSL standings.
The bad news, though, is that the final game of the season is against Kaizer Chiefs – and it’s no secret the popular Soweto club, after a torrid, rollercoaster season, both on and off the field, want to finish the campaign off on a high.
Ajax host Chiefs in the last game of the season at the Cape Town Stadium on May 12.
As it stands on the PSL log, with one fixture remaining, Platinum Stars, on 21 points, are already relegated to the National First Division (NFD). The team finishing 15th joins the NFD clubs ending second and third in a play-off competition to determine who gets a spot in the PSL next season.
Currently, Ajax are in the play-off position with 31 points (goal difference -5), and just above them are SuperSport United 33 points (-6), Polokwane City 33 points (-3) and Baroka 34 points (-5).
What that means is that Ajax have to beat Chiefs on May 12 – the win will take them on to 34 points. On the same day, though, SuperSport have to play Baroka, and Polokwane host Chippa United.
There are obviously quite a few permutations as to the eventual outcome – but, suffice to say, whatever happens in these games, if Ajax beat Chiefs, they will be safe.