Ajax Cape Town v Cape Town City

Cape Town City playmaker Teko Modise has recovered from injury in time to feature against Ajax Cape Town on Saturday.

Modise knows a thing or two about big local derbies from his time at Orlando Pirates and later Mamelodi Sundowns and will be aiming to help the Citizens maintain their perfect record against their neighbours, after they won both of last season’s all-Cape encounters.

Benni McCarthy’s side, who remain without the injured Aubrey Ngoma, head into the match in fifth spot on the table with nine points from six games this term.

Ajax are, meanwhile, in 12th spot, with five points from five games, having shown improvement of late with four points from their last two matches.

It will remain to be seen if their top striker, Prince Nxumalo, will have recovered from a groin sprain – which caused him to miss last week’s 2-2 draw away to Baroka FC – in time to take part in this encounter. 

Urban Warriors coach Stanley Menzo is looking forward to what he expects to be a full-blooded affair between the two Cape rivals.

“The game will be full of passion,” he said. “They have a new coach, so some things have changed in their way of playing since last year, they also have new players.

“There’ll be a lot of passion, but as long as we have respect for each other and fight for the three points. Also the coaches, let’s go for it,” he added.

McCarthy also can’t wait for his first taste of the derby as a coach.

“A lot of the players in our team are from Cape Town, so they have family and friends here, and you want to be able to walk in your city and make those people proud,” he said.