Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo has highlighted the biggest problem facing his troops, with an important Absa Premiership clash against Maritzburg United on the horizon.
The Urban Warriors resumed training on Monday morning, with the international break still in full swing – Rivaldo Coetzee is currently in East London with Bafana Bafana.
Menzo, who was in Amsterdam for a few days, was in attendance last Wednesday as the Urban Warriors defeated Stellenbosch FC in a friendly encounter.
The former Dutch goalkeeper jetted off to the Netherlands soon after with Menzo happy to have had the clash against the National First Division outfit – having suffered a heavy defeat to the same side earlier this year.
“It was an opportunity to give some fringe players, as well as those recently back from injury and in need of match practice, an opportunity for some competitive football,” said Menzo.
Ajax won the match 3-0, with two goals from Nathan Paulse (x2) and Aubrey Funga.
“What was more important was that the players get some game time,” Menzo continued.
“Playing is always far better than training. The players were up against a good opponent (Stellenbosch) and in such training games, they are tested in game situations, with a referee and offsides and everything that goes with a proper, competitive match.
“In this way, they learn more because they have to react to the game situations they find themselves in.”
Eager to move away from the relegation zone, Menzo is under no ilussion of the task at hand.
Menzo highlighted some key points that the Urban Warriors need to improve on if they are to topple the Team of Choice in Pietermaritzburg.
“At this stage of the season, every point is important,” Menzo added. “It’s very tight, so just one or two wins and you move up quickly. But we still have to do it. Every team in the same position as us is fighting, so we just have to deal with it.
“The big problem at the moment is goals. Ball possession is important, but it has to end in creating chances or in goals. That is something we at Ajax Cape Town have to learn – when you are in control of the game, you must finish,” he concluded.