Ajax Cape Town eyeing short-term success in Telkom Knockout
Posted: 27 October 2017 Time: 15:15
Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo admits he’s eyeing the shortest road to success ahead of the start of this year’s Telkom Knockout tournament.
The Urban Warriors face off against Polokwane City on Saturday in the Last 16 of the yearly competition, having last tasted TKO glory in 2008.
And following an inconsistent start to their league campaign, Menzo is hoping for a good cup run for his side as they look to win their first piece of silverware since the 2015 MTN8.
“They say cup games are the quickest way to a prize, in European football, but also here,” Menzo said. “In four matches you can win a prize, so this is the most important game at this moment.”
Whereas cup games are often used to field fringe players in the squad, Menzo says this is not the case at Ajax as he looks to build momentum with positive results.
“In Europe, you often see teams in cup games using players who don’t often play a lot, to give them some minutes,” he said. “But I don’t think we are in that situation, although we have to think about the next match in the league. So it’s a game we want to go and win to keep the momentum to get our confidence back.”
Ajax have already beaten Rise and Shine at home in the league this season, yet Menzo is expecting a much tougher task in Limpopo.
“We played them in the third game of the season, and won,” he said. “I think they’ve improved in recent weeks, and also we’re playing away now, which is a change. But again, we have to look at ourselves and not look too much at Polokwane. We want to get our confidence back and we want to win. It won’t be easy, but we have to go for it.”
Kick-off at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday is set for 15h30.