Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo deflected the blame upon himself following the club’s surprise defeat to KwaDukuza United in the Nedbank Cup this past Saturday.
Neo Makua opened the scoring for the Urban Warriors after just 30 seconds at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, and the visitors would regain the lead in the second-half through Prince Nxumalo, but the ‘Black Jaguars’ were not to be outdone.
The ABC Motsepe side showed great resilience in coming back to level matters on two occasions, surviving extra-time and eventually coming up trumps from 12 yards.
KwaDukuza United winning 4-3 on penalties to book their place in the Round of 16 in what was a weekend to forget for Cape Town sides, as Cape Town City also duly bowed out of the competition to lower league opposition.
“All of us – the staff – we have to feel sorry for the whole club because it was embarrassing,” Menzo told reporters following the defeat.
“I don’t want to blame one person, I don’t want to blame players … I blame myself, and everyone who was here, because we all disappointed how Ajax played to our fans and the club.”
Menzo continued: “You know that when a lower league team play a higher league team they always give something more and that we knew.
“And that is what they showed and big compliments to them and nothing wrong with their performance, it was great.
“But this was a chance [for us] to win the game but it is [now] a moment to get confident and win the next game and get out of this, and that is shame.”
The Urban Warriors will next set their sights on reviving their Absa Premiership form, with victory over Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium on Friday evening.