Ajax Cape Town’s Stanley Menzo unsure about Sedwyn George, encourages Toriq Losper
Posted: 25 October 2017 Time: 13:45
Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo admits he can’t say when striker Sedwyn George will be ready to lead the line for the club, but has urged the talented forward to keep pushing.
George top scored for Royal Eagles in the National First Division last season, ending the campaign as the Golden Boot winner with 20 goals to his name and earning a move to the Urban Warriors in the process.
However, the Pietermaritzburg-born frontman has found the Absa Premiership a harder nut to crack, having started just one match, with a further three substitute appearances to his name, but no goals.
And head coach Menzo admits he’s still making up his mind about the tall striker.
“I don’t know, I really don’t know,” he said when asked how close George is to becoming a first team regular. “Sometimes the time is there. I always say don’t push it, work hard, keep working hard. There will be a moment where he will start, or play, but he has to wait and create his own moment and time.
“He came in on Saturday [against Celtic], and it wasn’t at the best moment – we had to work hard. So as a striker it wasn’t the nicest moment to come in, but he did what we expected of him, and I’m sure he will find his time at the right moment where he can show us what he can do, because at training and in the MDC [MultiChoice Diski Challenge] we can see he has potential.”
Meanwhile, attacking midfielder Toriq Losper is close to a return after recovering from a hip injury, having featured prominently in Ajax’s Diski Challenge matches this past month.
Although disappointed at being left out of the squad for the weekend’s win over Celtic, Menzo has encouraged ‘Tokkie’ to maintain his high work rate in order to be considered in future.
“For him it’s good that you are not only training, but also playing,” Menzo said of Losper. “He played in the MDC to gain match fitness and get a feel for the rhythm of the game again, which will give him a lot of confidence. So he is close to a selection.
“He wasn’t selected for the Celtic game, but he’s close, and it’s up to him. I know it’s difficult after not being selected to keep your mood up, but that’s the challenge for him now, not to drop but to keep going on. That moment will come for him, and I hope for him, as soon as possible, but it depends on a lot of aspects.”
Ajax face Polokwane City in their next assignment, a Telkom Knockout clash, in Limpopo on Saturday afternoon.