The Urban Warriors’ best showing in the TKO era arrived in 2008 when they won the competition, defeating Orlando Pirates in the final. They have won three of the four penalty shootouts they have been involved in.
AmaZayoni’s best showing in this Cup arrived in the 2010/11 season when they reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Moroka Swallows.
In League Cup history, Ajax have won the tournament twice (2000 & 2008) and appeared in the final a further two times (2006 & 2009/10).
But Clive Barker’s brigade are on a roll as they come into this match on the back of a four-game unbeaten run, with their win over Ajax representing a third successive match in which the boys in the famed Blue and White have kept a clean sheet.
Mabhuti Khenyeza, who started his fourth match of the season and his third in a row during the 1-0 win last weekend, will relish the opportunity of once again coming up against a team he played for before making the switch to Mpumalanga – so will Abia Nale who also joined AmaZayoni from the Cape outfit. Nale is in a menacing form and is the creative source in attacking midfield areas.
The solidity of Edwin Gyimah, Tinashe Nengomasha, Miguell Timm and Onyekachi Okonkwo allows the speedy Nale to run havoc up and down the flanks.
Aubrey Ngoma, who Ajax will remember very well having scored FOUR goals in a single match against the Urban Warriors while still playing for University of Pretoria, has resumed full contact training but may be a week away from competitive football although could be a surprise in Barkers team.