Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon as the Urban Warriors step up their preparations for the upcoming Absa Premiership encounter against Polokwane City, set to take place at the Peter Mokaba Stadium this Saturday.
Following defeats to Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City, Ajax are eager to bounce back to winning ways in the league. Having shipped seven goals in two matches, Menzo and his troops have worked tirelessly to improve their defensive shape ahead of the clash against an attacking-minded Rise and Shine outfit.
“Of course, if you look back the last two games – we have to show character now and what is important is that the team sticks together. After two defeats other dynamics start to happen so it is important for us to stick together, to show character,” said Menzo at Ikamva.
“Yes Polokwane City are in the same area on the log standings as us, it won’t be an easy game, they play very direct with a lot of pace. It won’t be easy and I hope the weather gives us a little help.
Menzo continued: “It won’t be an easy game, we spoke about the last two games – they are gone and the most important game now is the Polokwane City match.
“Yes we had chances to score [in the last two matches], we failed to, but our defensive coordination was lacking – you can’t concede seven goals in two games. We spoke about that this week, we worked on our defensive organisation and hopefully we won’t make mistakes. Let’s hope that we don’t give away any easy goals.
Moreover, Menzo revealed that both Ndiviwe Mdabuka and Prince Nxumalo are injury doubts for the game, while midfielder Grant Margeman is currently on duty with the South Africa Under-20 national team.
“‘Diva [Mdabuka] has a slight groin pain while Prince is not 100 per cent,” Menzo added.
“Grant is with the national team, the Under-20 team and we are in contact with the coach to see if we can use him [on Saturday],” the former Dutch international concluded.
Ajax Cape Town set course for Limpopo on Friday afternoon; flying to Lanseria before departing by bus to Polokwane. The team will be back in Cape Town on Sunday.