Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo was in high spirits in build-up to the Urban Warriors Absa Premiership clash against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday evening.
Menzo’s troops have been hard at work this week following the FIFA International break, as they set their sights on a first win of the year.
It won’t be easy against a Team of Choice team also lingering at the wrong end of the log standings.
Fadlu Davids has re-taken the reins at the KwaZulu-Natal side, with former Ajax Cape Town head coach Roger De Sa having left the post last month.
Menzo expects Maritzburg to adopt a similar to approach to that employed by Davids last year, with Maritzburg having defeated the Urban Warriors in the reverse fixture. Davids manned the sidelines in that match with Ernest Middendorp having resigned.
“I think, from my side the mood is okay as far as I can see,” said Menzo. I think we trained well, it was a good week. It is always difficult when you don’t have a match on the weekend and you train for “nothing” – so last week was not so easy, but yes you can get some rest and highlight some other things.
“We trained well since Monday, the spirit is there, and also the belief that we can get a good result in Maritzburg.
“I don’t think there will be a big change, either they will take off from where they left off with Roger or fall back on where they were with Fadlu; those are the two scenarios we keep in our head and what we can expect.
Menzo continued: “We played them five months back, so yes we will just refresh on that specific fixture on how they can play.
“We are going with a team that is fresh and ready to fight.
Moreover, Menzo is taking nothing for granted having watched a rejuvenated Baroka FC of late. Bottom of the log standings, the Limpopo side ran Kaizer Chiefs close before ending SuperSport United’s long unbeaten run…
“We have to get out of this situation. If I see Baroka fighting against Kaizer Chiefs, I think ‘they could have won it’ – a the start of the season you think Chiefs will win it, but we are in that situation where we don’t know how Baroka and Highlands Park will do,” Menzo added.
“All the teams are fighting for points as well so we have to focus on ourselves and make sure we get the points we need,” the former Dutch international concluded.