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Ajax Cape Town coach Jan Versleijen not happy with dropped points

Posted: 14 February 2013 Time: 11:11

New Ajax Cape Town interim coach Jan Versleijen was happy with the point gained against Moroka Swallows, but feels they missed the chance to get all three.

The Urban Warriors led with 20 minutes to go, only to allow Swallows back into the game and level through Siyabonga Nomvete.

MATCH REPORT: Ajax Cape Town 1 Moroka Swallows 1

Versleijen bemoaned the chances missed, but says it’s understandable given the long lay-off due to the Africa Cup of Nations break.

“We started a bit nervous as it was our first game after six weeks,” he says. “A new coach and new players in the team, but after 20 minutes we started to play some decent football.

“However, you have to finish your chances and in the second half we made same changes instead of playing football like in the first half. We started to lose too many balls in midfield, and the moment you start losing the ball you come under pressure.

“Swallows took advantage and got a lot of possession. They started to play in our box and the result was 1-1. Generally I'm happy with our football, but playing at home we would've like to get three points."

Swallows coach Zeca Marques was delighted with the results, saying: “I told my players that if we come to Cape Town and get a point it’s like a victory, so I'm more than happy.”

Article by: Christopher Maqashu

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:13 am
How was Makhalanjalo Nale???
posted: 11:34 am
Same as Ndulula for Amazulu, except that he played more minutes than Ndulula.
posted: 11:35 am
And better than him as well, Maminzela, dispute that.
posted: 05:24 pm
Bemoaned the chances! Rubbish. There were weeks to train and practice scoring goals. I wonder if teams in the PSL are actually training long periods of time in the final third of the field. Also do they train with a small goalpost or with the normal goalpost? Every player must be a potential goal scorer. That is why Pirates will win the league. They have players that score. Sangweni showed it. Manyisa showed it. Can the midfielders and forwards of Ajax put the ball in the net from the left, middle and right of box, what about the angles inside the box. Do all players get a chance with a defender or two to try to score a goal. What are each one's percentages of goals vs misses per position ( assuming at least 6 positions in or at the box. Then 3 more just a metre away from the box. What are their percentages? Let them practice all practice that every day. They should get their data. Rank them and let them try to move up the ranking each week. Hopefully they will practice on their own with their family and friends and improve their performance. After one month, see who the best 10 are and give an incentive. See if they are translating this performance percentage to the field and if not, then send them to a mind specialist to work on visualization techniques - which can enhance performance by 50%, ask Pete Sampras in terms of his accuracy at serving which is the same as deadly shooting. Each strike for Ajax must be on target. See why players are ballooning their shots. A writer for Sunday Times once wrote that African players did not grow up playing to score goals, they played games where the goals were tiny and the game was about skills and touches. When we grew up, goal posts in every park game, street game, even our club practice games were regular. We fought in every game to score goals to win the game. It was a war! Winning was everything! Goals were plentiful! Do kids do that anymore? I hope they do. We were lucky for the beautiful lawns that our parks had so we played many times a week. You never even knew who the boys were that were playing. All races during apartheid but the soccer was great, variety of skills and goals! ALL THAT MATTERS ARE GOALS. IF AJAX SCORES LOTS OF GOALS EVERY GAME, THEY WILL WIN MORE GAMES THAN THEY LOSE. TOO MANY PLAYERS ARE TRYING TO BE SHOW PONIES IN SOUTH AFRICA WHEN THEY ARE MEDIOCRE BY SOUTH AFRICAN AND AFRICAN STANDARDS. NO-ONE IS WORLD CLASS SO LETS LEAVE THAT ONE OUT. BUT IN THIS COUNTRY, WE CAN RISE UP ABOUT WHAT WE ARE. SET THE STANDARDS HIGH, RAISE IT DON'T LOWER IT. LET YOUR PLAYERS REACH UP, AND REACH INWARD SO THAT THEY ARE NOT MEDIOCRE BY THE END OF THE SEASON. GIVE THEM HOMEWORK NOW AND AT END OF SEASON SO THAT EVERYONE COMES FIT ON DAY ONE. HAVE TESTS DONE AT SPORTS SCIENCE CENTRE , CUT SQUAD IF PEOPLE DON'T MAKE HIGH STANDARDS AND ESPECIALLY IF THEY CAN'T GET TO BASIC HIGH STANDARD FOR SCORING GOALS. BY NEXT SEASON, HAVE (60% scoring) BASIC HIGH LEVEL(70), MERIT HIGH LEVEL AND EXCELLENT HIGH LEVEL(80) so that AJAX RULES FROM DAY 1 and loses very, very few games. They win the league by an avalanche and set a standard far above the rest, dominating for the next five years. Of course, all the other teams will also try to use the exponential jump techniques but Ajax have the most will (PIRATES are biggest danger as they have the most ambitious owner though he is not consistent. Ajax must stick with this. Coach for the five year period.) LETS HOPE.
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