Stanley Menzo not banking on last season's results against Bloemfontein Celtic
Posted: 21 October 2017 Time: 12:00
Despite their favourable record against Saturday’s opponents Bloemfontein Celtic, Ajax Cape Town know history counts for nothing ahead of their Absa Premiership encounter at Athlone Stadium.
The Urban Warriors have won five of the last seven match-ups against their Free State rivals, and last season recorded a 5-0 scoreline over the two legs played in the league.
Yet Ajax coach Stanley Menzo feels last season’s results count for nothing, as his team have recorded just one win from seven league games so far this season. Celtic are contrastingly riding high in sixth place on the Absa Premiership log, having claimed the scalps of Bidvest Wits and Cape rivals Cape Town City already this campaign.
“That’s last season hey,” Menzo said when queried about last season’s resounding victories over Saturday’s opponents. “If you compare Celtic now to last season, what I heard is that they had a better team last year than this year, but what I’ve seen is that they are playing better now than last year!
“So you can’t compare it – it’s a new year, with new players, a new coach, and they are in a good mood, having beaten Wits and Cape Town City away – that’s not something that will happen every year.”
Menzo knows it won’t be easy against a Celtic side that have lost just once so far this season, but acknowledges his team cannot simply keep running away from their own crisis.
“It won’t be easy,” he said. “Celtic is playing with a lot of confidence at this moment. It’s a team with good discipline and good organisation and they are playing well. And they are facing an opponent whose confidence is a bit down at this moment. So it will be tough, especially because of the situation we are in. But we can’t run away from it – we have to face it and do our job.”
Ajax have a fully-fit squad, bar long-term casualties Morne Nel and Tercious Malepe, for Saturday’s game, scheduled to kick off at Athlone Stadium at 20h15.