Roger De Sa turns blind eye to unhappy Ajax Cape Town supporters
Posted: 10 May 2016 Time: 20:09
Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa says he is not perturbed or concerned by rumours that the club's supporters are calling for his head.
Ajax acquired success by winning the MTN8 title early in the season but have since been a mere shadow of themselves, as they sit in 10th place on the Absa Premiership table.
As things stand, the MTN8 Champions risk losing the opportunity to defend their title next season, but De Sa insists it has been a successful season for the Urban Warriors.
“They (the fans) can do whatever they want. I’ve got a contract, I mean, I don’t listen too much into that," said the former Orlando Pirates coach, who experienced similar treatment from the Bucs faithful during his time at the club.
"I’ve got an old saying that, 'If you listen to the stands, you end up sitting in the stands'.
"I think it has still been a successful season for us, you know. If we win a cup every year with ten academy players in your 11… no club in the world can achieve this, and we’ve done it."
The Mozambican-born tactician admits that it would be a disappointment should they miss out on defending their crown, but also points to challenges beyond his control as a catalyst to their season's final outcome.
“Obviously we face a bit of disappointment now, as we would have loved to be in the top eight, which I think we can still give it a go," he added.
“But there is a bigger picture than just that. You have to look at how it went for us – the ups and downs we’ve had – like Scottie moving and the passing of Cecil Lolo.
"It was devastating for us and there is no words to describe the effect it had on the team, and it still does.
"Hopefully when we come back next season, we will never forget about Lolo, but then we sort of face it in a better way.”
De Sa added that they cannot afford to concern themselves with happening at relegation-threatened Maritzburg United, and calls on his players to lay a foundation for next season in the final two games.
“It will be a hell of an effort to see how they [the players] cope against Maritzburg. We can’t also worry too much of what is happening at Maritzburg right now.
“We need to cement an attitude for next season that we can build on,” De Sá concluded.