Ajax likely to rest key players

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The ABSA Premiership log leaders, who take on the Cameroon team away on Sunday afternoon, carry a healthy four-goal advantage to West Africa having hammered their hapless opponents 5-1 in the first leg at Athlone Stadium a fortnight ago.

Although the Urban Warriors intend to leave an indelible mark on the continent, a maiden League title is a priority for the young Cape Town side.

_quoteThree days later, they take on fellow title challengers and city rivals Santos in a make-or-brake encounter and thus cannot afford any injuries or fatigue.

Stand-in captain and former Mount Cameroon star, Eyong Enoh believes the Craig Rosslee-led technical staff will give fringe players a run on Sunday and save the regulars from injury and fatigue ahead of the Santos clash.

The sturdy ever-present midfielder is one of the regulars that are likely to sit it out.

“I missed the first leg against Mt Cameroon and I might not play again this time. I would be content with that as we have a challenging game against Santos days after the Confederations Cup match,” the Cameroon-born midfielder says.

He warns that despite the four-goal cushion, Ajax should not rest on their laurels lest his countrymen, who boast a vital away goal, turn the tables on them at the 8 000-seater Stade de Moliko.

“Our chances of progressing are bright following our commendable performance at home a fortnight ago.

“However, we should not underestimate Mt Cameroon. Anything is possible in the second leg. Playing in West or North Africa is always a challenge,” warns Enoh.

A date against Santos is similarly a challenge considering a late mount for the title by The People’s Team.

Santos, fourth on the 16-team log, could move within three points of their city rivals if they win away to relegation-threatened Thanda Royal Zulu FC.

Major David Bright’s troops have a mathematical chance of wrestling the title from under the noses of their Cape Town rivals and Supersport United.