Ajax Cape Town wary of Cape Town City’s Lebogang Manyama
Posted: 10 February 2017 Time: 09:01
Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo says his side are full aware of the danger caused by rivals Cape Town City, and especially captain Lebogang Manyama, ahead of Saturday’s Cape derby.
The two Cape clubs square off for city bragging rights this weekend, with the two clubs heading into the clash in contrasting form. Ajax are still licking their wounds following a 5-0 drubbing by Bidvest Wits midweek which left them 11th in the Absa Premiership standings, while joint-top City are in confident mood following their 3-0 win over Highlands Park.
And Menzo knows his side will be up against a strong unit with an inspirational leader, who currently has ten goals to his name this season, come Saturday.
“The log doesn’t lie and they are third on the log standings, that means that they are the favourites, but it is a special game…a Derby,” he told reporters. “At the moment of the match we don’t look at the log.
“They have a good squad, some important players. The captain [Lebogang Manyama] is carrying the team as a leader. They have a good squad, and it’ not easy to win against them. I’ve noticed they can win games even in extra time, so they’re a squad that can score from the first minute up until the last whistle.”
City emerged 1-0 victors in the reverse fixture in September, yet as the under-dog, Menzo insist his side are embracing the pressure in his first-ever derby.
“There’s always pressure,” he said. “But it’s better to play with pressure, as you know you have to perform. The pressure is there because we have to win, because it’s a derby, but it’s good, and we know what we have to do. We need the points, and we want to do it for the fans. Pressure is good – we are sportsmen, so we have to handle and perform under pressure.”
Kick-off at Cape Town Stadium is set for 20:15.