Menzo: Ajax can buckle Chiefs' run

Amakhosi make the trip to the Mother City on the back of five successive Premiership wins, which have propelled Steve Komphela’s men to within one point of the league summit at the half-way stage of the campaign.

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Ajax, meanwhile, have lost two and drawn one of their last three league outings, including the 5-0 thrashing at the hands of title-chasers Bidvest Wits, to leave the Ikamva-based outfit five points above the bottom two and realistically facing a relegation scrap this term.

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Menzo, though, says he would rather face a team of Chiefs’ playing caliber, instead of an opponent who lies in wait on the counter-attack.

“If I am honest, and I don’t know why [I feel like this], but I’d rather play a team like Kaizer Chiefs than a Polokwane City for example, or teams that wait for the counter-attack,” Menzo told Ajax’s official website.

“Chiefs are a team that like to play, like to have the ball, as a result, there will be space for us to play. We are also a team that likes to play, likes to have the ball, so it will be more a football game than a tactical game in terms of waiting for a mistake and then counter-attacking.

Menzo continued: “It will be a very interesting game playing against a good team with good players, who are on a good run. Let’s see if we are able to disrupt their way of playing and if we are able to play our own game, and I think if we play our own game we will have more possibilities.”

The coach was, however, honest when asked about his knowledge of Chiefs’ current squad and playing style, adding: “I don’t know the team so well, but I know it is a quality team, a team that likes to play football.

“I think the individual skills of players – they are very experienced and mature so they know when and where they can hurt us – we have to be aware of that.

“We can’t give too much space away, we have to keep the field very ‘tight’ so to speak and, when we get our chances, we have to be more efficient. If we get five chances [for example] we have to score two at least. That is something we have to do.

“They are a good team, a team with a lot of confidence at the moment. It will be a fight and in this fight we have to play good football."

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