Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo overjoyed with win over Bloemfontein Celtic
Posted: 14 May 2017 Time: 11:39
Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo could not hide the smile on his face following his side’s 2-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday evening.
First half goals from Prince Nxumalo and Bantu Mzwakali put the Urban Warriors in front, a lead they would not relinquish despite the visitor’s valiant second half efforts.
“It was a fantastic first half, with two brilliant goals,” Menzo told reporters after the game. “I was very happy with the first half, where we gave a lot of energy. We expected them to wait for us, and play on the counter, but we did well in controlling the game and playing how we wanted to play.
“We knew it would be difficult in the second half, as we hadn’t yet killed the game – they stayed alive, as 2-0 is still a dangerous score. If I’m honest, they were the better team in the second half, but we won the first half, we can call the second half a draw, and we walked away with the three points.”
Menzo reserved praise for young attacker Neo Makua, who after a lively performance was named man-of-the-match.
“It was just his second start, and especially in the first half, he did very well,” his coach said. “He worked hard for the team, defensively, and made some good runs in the first half and second half as well, but you could see he was getting a bit tired. But he still did his defensive job very well. He was man-of-the-match, and it’s good for him, as young as he is. But I think the whole team deserved it.”
The win leaves Ajax eighth in the Absa Premiership standings, level on points with Golden Arrows, as their top eight ambitions rest on their last two matches against Orlando Pirates and Baroka FC respectively.