Mark Mayambela loving his good form at Ajax Cape Town
Posted: 17 April 2017 Time: 09:06
Mark Mayambela says his impressive form of late is down to Ajax Cape Town giving him the opportunity and feels he is in a good space in his life.
Mayambela has played the last three consecutive matches against Maritzburg United, Highlands Park and Saturday's draw against Golden Arrows without being substituted – a rare feat for the 29-year-old.
Against the Team of Choice, although his side lost at the Harry Gwala Stadium, he was a shining light in Stanley Menzo's side as played a supporting role to striker Prince Nxumalo.
And against the Lions of North, he capped off the game with a deft finish by flicking the ball over Park goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini to grab what was Ajax's first victory in all competitions in 2017.
Against Clinton Larsen's side at Princess Magogo stadium, he was denied a legitimate goal in the sixth minute when he was incorrectly flagged offside after tapping in a rebound off Nxumalo's initially saved effort.
The former Orlando Pirates attacker is adamant that he has not changed his approach or style of play, but is merely grabbing the opportunity the Urban Warriors have thrown at him.
"Nothing has changed. Football is a game of opportunities and when you get that opportunity you've got to use it to the best of your abilities," Mayambela tells KickOff.com.
"I love playing football, it helps me put bread on the table, and of course I'm happy that I'm getting some game-time and I'm trying to help the team win.
"Also as a senior player, it is expected from you to do that [be more responsible] on and off the field, but everything is going on so well and I'm grateful that everything around me is working for me.
"Against Arrows, I don't know about deserving [victory] but I think we got a lot of chances and congratulations to the keeper [Gumede] – he made a lot of blind saves and he helped the team to at least get a draw.
"I think we were unlucky not to score in the end, even though my goal was a legitimate goal, but it's nice that we are getting those [scoring] chances."
'Proff' was surprisingly released by SuperSport United during last year's January transfer window, shortly after Stuart Baxter took over, having spent just six month at the Tshwane side.
Joining Ajax at the start of this season, he signed a one-deal with an option to renew and has so far scored three league goals in 15 starts.
Mayambela desribes his goal against Highlands as "one of a kind", which has come as a huge confidence booster to both himself and the team.
"Scoring the way I did in an official game was a one of a kind [moment], but I always score them at training – people who play with me know that," he defends.
"But as I've said, football is a game of opportunities and when I get the opportunity I have to use it to the best of my abilities.
"We needed that win [against Highlands]. Before that game we hadn't won this year but we managed to win, and I scored the winner. It was a great plus for me and also for my confidence as well as that of the team."