Ajax bemused by Chiefs venue choice

Defender Thulani Hlatshwayo believes Amakhosi is trying to mentally tire out the Cape Town side.

Ajax Cape Town travel to Polokwane to face Kaizer Chiefs tomorrow night. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Ajax Cape Town defender Thulani Hlatshwayo on Tuesday said he believes Kaizer Chiefs is trying to tire them out mentally.

The Urban Warriors travel to Peter Mokaba Stadium for Wednesday's clash against the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log leaders.

Ajax Cape Town has never won a game at the venue.

Hlatshwayo says there appears to be some strategy behind the decision to play in Limpopo.

"Why do Chiefs always take Ajax to Peter Mokaba when they play their other games at the FNB Stadium? It is clear to see that they are trying to tire us mentally."

However, he says the team is confident they can finally get a result at the venue.

"We have never won at the Peter Mokaba in all the matches we have played there. It will be good for us to get the first result in Polokwane, as difficult as it would be. Getting a result would be a boost for us because our target is to remain in the top eight."

The defender says he wants players to fight for the team.

"It's important that we go out there and fight as we normally do. You can see the guys realise how important it is to win away games. If we can't win, we need to at least get a draw."

Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs aren't sweating over the absence of suspended striker Bernard Parker.

Chiefs communications manager VIna Maphosa says Parker will get a rest ahead of the trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Amakhosi are due to face AS Vita Club on Sunday.

"A one-game suspension is almost like a natural rotation. It will give another player a chance to play and by default, it will rest Bernard ahead of our trip."

Skipper Itumeleng Khune is the only injury concern for Chiefs, who are fresh from a derby win over their great Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates.

"Khune is still out with an ankle injury. He's still got about one and a half weeks to go in his recovery programme. Eric Mathoho is healthy and ready to play."