Stanley Menzo searching for Ajax Cape Town medicine
Posted: 20 October 2017 Time: 17:00
Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo admits his team are low in confidence, but says the belief is still there as he goes in search of the right “medicine” to solve the crisis.
The Urban Warriors have won just one league match all season, and lie dangerously close to the relegation zone in 14th place on the log with just five points accumulated after the first seven games.
A 2-0 loss to Free State Stars midweek compounded their woes, with the coach conceding the team’s style has been found out. However, he has faith they can find a solution soon.
“Of course I’m disappointed for everybody – for Ajax, for the supporters and the players as well,” the head coach said of Wednesday’s defeat. “We are lacking confidence at this moment, which is something we have to fight and face.
“Opponents know how to play us with our build-up play, playing from the back, and if we can’t do that, we have to find another way of playing – long balls, which is not our way of playing. And because of that, we come in an area where we aren’t confident, we become a little afraid and don’t want the ball. But I hope we can find the medicine or a solution for that as soon as possible, because it’s normal that opponents try not let you play.”
Menzo admitted the mood in the Ikamva camp is down following their fourth defeat of the campaign, yet was encouraged by captain Mosa Lebusa’s talk in the dressing room at training on Friday morning.
“I asked this morning if anyone wanted to say anything, and the captain said we have to step up now because only talent is not enough: we have to fight and show heart,” he said. “So this is good, as it shows that they still believe, which is important.
“A win can make a big difference to the mood of a team, of a club, which is also in the players’ minds, that we can win. So that’s the mood at this moment, it’s not laughing as usual, but it’s still good, but obviously not as good as before. But it’s normal.”
Saturday’s opponents Bloemfontein Celtic will be upbeat following their 1-0 victory over Ajax’s rivals Cape Town City on the very same Athlone Stadium turf on Tuesday.
Kick-off is set for 20h15.