Roger De Sa rules out Prince Nxumalo, Nathan Paulse combination for Ajax Cape Town
Posted: 20 September 2016 Time: 09:42
Ajax Cape Town coach Roger De Sa feels starting his two main strikers as a means to score more goals is not a viable option.
Bafana Bafana international Prince Nxumalo finished as the club’s top-scorer with 13 goals last season, while experienced frontman Nathan Paulse totalled six strikes.
Ajax were 2-1 losers to Orlando Pirates in their last league encounter, with De Sa fielding Nxumalo as a second-half substitute to join Paulse as his side searched for an equaliser. However, the coach admits this tactic was a mistake.
“We often get asked that question,” he said when asked about playing Nxumalo and Paulse together.
“They are both very similar strikers that are very used to playing on their own, and to be honest with you, every time we’ve played them both, it’s been a bit of a disaster.
"They run into each other, are very similar types of players and unfortunately we don’t have the type of strikers to play with them upfront.
“We need something different, and have tried that at training and in matches, but there’s never been a game that we’ve played them together that we’ve come away with anything.
“Even thinking back to the Pirates game, just as we analyse players’ performances, I think of mine as well, and I think maybe I made a mistake in trying to play them both.
"We could have been better off if I had put on a number 10 or another attacking winger – that could’ve been a better decision.”
In determining which of the pair should therefore start, De Sa says recent injuries has made his decision a little easier in the initial stages of the new season.
“It’s been a bit of a headache, of who I should start,” he added. “Prince is coming back from an injury so he hasn’t been at his best, unfortunately. But Nathan has two goals in two games, so it’s not that bad.”
Ajax will look to gain confidence with a win over Polokwane City on Tuesday ahead of the first Cape derby against Cape Town City on Friday evening.