Ajax Cape Town wing-wizard, Mark Mayambela, not only stood tall on the field of play, but also spoke firmly following the Urban Warriors disappointing result at Athlone Stadium on Friday evening.
Gunning for a first win of the year, Stanley Menzo’s men looked on course at the halfway mark, with goals from the 29-year-old and Rodrick Kabwe putting the hosts 2-1 up at the interval.
Free State Stars, though, looked a different team after the break and just as Ajax Cape Town looked to have regained authority, Grant Margeman received his marching orders.
Ea Lla Koto duly leveled matters with the home side eventually walking away with a point, to remain at the wrong end of the Absa Premiership log standings.
Mayambela in the aftermath urged his teammates to keep their head up, despite the outcome of the match – a match he felt the Urban Warriors should have won.
“I think it’s a game of football, we have to take it as men; we have to take it as professionals and try to move on from the result,” Mayambela told SuperSport TV following the game.
“Maybe some people will say we deserved the three points but at the end of the day we never got the three points.
Moreover, ‘Proff’ believes that the contentious sending-off of influential midfielder, Margeman, by referee Kulasande Qonqo, played a role in the outcome of the match.
“I didn’t even know a yellow card could be awarded to a player that’s walking off the field when being substituted. I think that also played a factor in us getting one point,” he added.
“But well done to Free State Stars, they gave us a great game; also well done to Ajax boys, they fought the whole game but it wasn’t to be.”
Furthermore, the former Orlando Pirates man remains optimistic that Ajax Cape Town will regain the form they showed towards the end of 2017…
“It is disheartening, but as footballers we have to soldier on. We have to keep on working hard. This was a game we should have won but it wasn’t to be.
“At the end of the day that’s football, we have to keep on working hard and striving, and eventually – one of these good days – we’ll get the three points,” Mayambela concluded.