DURBAN - Cavin Johnson, head coach of AmaZulu, is of the opinion that maximum points against Ajax Cape Town on Tuesday night (kick-off at 7.30) at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi will propel his side to safety.
Only three points separates Usuthu and the Urban Warriors in the Absa Premiership log standings. AmaZulu are 11th with 27 points, while Ajax are second from bottom with 24. Johnson wants his side to treat the remaining six league outings as Cup finals.
“Three points against Ajax won’t be enough for survival. We’ve got six cup finals. We need to push as much as we can for whatever we can get in those six matches. Safety is not one more win. Safely is more than one win for anybody,” Johnson insisted.
Usuthu are winless in their past five matches in all competitions.
“We are playing against a team that is fighting for its life just like us. There’s no secret about that. From number 6 to number 16 we are all fighting for our lives,” Johnson elaborated.
"If anybody said they are not, maybe they’ve got the telephone number to God. So it is a cup final for us. We have made a plan that our next six matches are cup finals. We will treat them differently."
Ajax could be without the services of Tendai Ndoro, who is the subject of a dispute that has seen the PSL's dispute resolution chamber, the South Gauteng High Court and Fifa all get involved.
“Ajax is coming to King Zwelithini Stadium and they are not going to have an easy game. This is not even a-6-pointer, but I treat it as a-15-pointer. The more effort we put into this game, the better for us. The fact that it is here at King Zwelithini, it won’t be easy for Ajax,” Johnson explained.
The two sides played out to 2-2 stalemate when they met during the first round.
“Ajax always have quality and proper young players. I’m sure they have done their homework on us, but it won’t be a walk in the park for them.”