Stanley Menzo happy with striking options

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Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo is happy with the strike force at his disposal, with the trio of Tashreeq Morris, Prince Nxumalo and Nathan Paulse all offering him something different in attack.

The acquisition of Zambian duo Aubrey Funga and Rodrick Kabwe have furthered strengthened the Urban Warriors options going forward, as Ajax Cape Town set their sights on a top eight finish.

Paulse has started the past two games for the Cape side [against Cape Town City and Polokwane City] with Morris having started against Bidvest Wits, in what was the club’s first game of the New Year. Nxumalo, who is gradually getting back to his best – is hoping to regain his spot as the first-choice forward.

Menzo is happy with what Paulse offers in attack, with the 34-year-old showing no signs of slowing down.

“With Nathan you play another kind of football, you can play more direct and compete for the second ball – we have a lot of options,” said Menzo.

“Where we can play, we have to play football. Our way, though, is not to play the long ball – we don’t have the players for that. But, it is an escape when you are under pressure and when you can’t build up.

Menzo continued: “Nathan is part of a strategy and he can be very important for us, we have to use him well. Nathan isn’t the same as Tashreeq nor Prince, but he has his qualities and the moment we use it well we can take advantage of it. For each game we will use what we need.

Moreover, Menzo stated that the club’s main focus, for the time being, is to accumulate enough points to remain clear of any relegation threat. Finishing in the top eight will come as an added luxury following the slow start to the season for the Urban Warriors.

“The first goal is to have enough points to make sure we are clear of relegation, the moment that is secured we will start to look up [the log standings],” Menzo added. “Yes, I want to finish in the top eight, I want to finish in the top four, but we must make the first step first and that is what we have to do.

“We came from a situation where we were second to last in the league and at that moment we weren’t thinking about position eight, we had some good results, but don’t get confused about results as things can change quickly,” he concluded.

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