Ajax's key players to miss derby

Ajax will be without several trusted players when they face Chippa United in the Cape Town derby.

Ajax is going into the Cape Town derby against Chippa United without some of its trusted players.

CAPE TOWN - Ajax Cape Town will have to do without some key players for their derby against Chippa United on Friday.

Striker Bradley Grobler, midfielders Koen van der Laak and Nhlanhla Shabalala are struggling with injuries, while defender Matthew Booth is suspended.

Ajax interim Jan Pruijn says Grobler could regain fitness.

"It will depend on his fitness. Koen van der Laak is 100 percent not available."

Pruijn says losing those players is not good for the team.

"We'll be lacking experience and that may affect our goal scoring chances."

Both sides have been struggling in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) this season.

Ajax is at number 14, while Chippa is at 12.

Kickoff is at 8pm at the Cape Town Stadium.