Vodacom Soccer Playmaker of the Week: Yannick Zakri
Deemed surplus to current requirements at Mamelodi Sundowns, Ivorian marksman Yannick Zakri's goals could just be the difference between Ajax Cape Town staying up rather than being relegated.
Zakri signed for Ajax in January on a loan deal from Sundowns, having joined Masandawana in 2016 from Ivory Coast super club ASEC Mimosas, with whom he scored four goals in the CAF Champions league that same year.
The Ivory Coast-capped striker went on the bag four league goals for Sundowns in the 2016/ 17 league campaign, but having failed to find the net in seven league games the 2017/ 18 season, the Brazilians allowed the 27-year-old to move down to the Cape to get more regular game-time.
He went on to score a brace in a 3-0 win over Orlando Pirates in his second game for Ajax, and then followed that up with two crucial goals last week for the Urban Warriors, effectively earning them four points after scoring the only goal in the match against Bidvest Wits on Wednesday and then netting a late equaliser against Chippa United in a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
And although Muhsin Ertugral's team remains in 15th spot and still in the relegation zone, they are just one point behind SuperSport United, two behind Polokwane City, and three behind Golden Arrows, their survival hopes very much alive, in no small part due to Zakri's exploits.
Mention also should go to another loan player at Ajax, Fagrie Lakay, who has also contributed three goals since arriving from SuperSport in January, the former Santos man also responsible for the assist for Zakri's winner against the Clever Boys last week.
The Cape team has 28 points, seven above bottom-of-the-table Platinum Stars.
Their last three matches of the season are at home to Baroka FC, away to Mamelodi Sundowns, before the final game against Kaizer Chiefs in the Mother City on May 12.