Ajax Cape Town Under-13 head coach ,Patrick Weels, was rightfully pleased following his sides progression into the knockout stages of the 2017 Strandfontein tournament, hosted at Ikamva in Parow.
The Urban Warriors 14-0 victory over Rock A Fellas was followed up by a hard-fought 2-0 win over Westridge on Field B, with Weels troops sealing their place in the next round as Group winners.
Weels had the following to say about what transpired on the opening day:
“The first game was like…like I like to call it, an ice breaker because we first had to accept that we are in the tournament and I think the boys really rose to the occasion. The score shouldn’t be the ultimate thing that we talk about,” said Weels.
“Sometimes you can come to the conclusion that scoring a lot of goals against a certain opponent; they were weak or that the team played very well – that said the team played really well.
Weels continued: “In the second game, we were a bit more nervous – we started with a few guys that were on the bench in this [Saturday] mornings game. The team was a little off balanced as a result, but that being said all the players should be up to speed.
“We struggled to get the first goal, there was a bit of panic – but we have players in our team that have the ability to change things so I brought on Abdul and he just brought some fire, and we won 2-0.
Ajax Cape Town will take on Fish Hoek at 11h15 on Sunday morning, in what is sure to be a tough quarterfinal assignment.
“I think the most important part is behind our backs now, I think in the knockout stages we just have to find the right balance, the boys are up for the challenge and we are anxious to see how we progress.
“We will prepare now for our next game and we are up for the challenge,” he concluded.