Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo is looking forward to what he anticipates to be a highly competitive clash against a confident Kaizer Chiefs side at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening.
Kick-off is at 20h15 CAT.
The Urban Warriors head into the clash on the back of a 1-1 stalemate against Polokwane City, with the Cape club having yet to win in the New Year. In contrast, Steve Komphela’s troops are on a rich run of form having won five games on the trot in the Absa Premiership.
As a result, Chiefs currently sit in second place on the log standings – a point behind log leaders Bidvest Wits.
“If I am honest and I don’t know why [I feel like this], but I’d rather play a team like Kaizer Chiefs than a Polokwane City for example, or teams that wait for the counter-attack,” Menzo said at Ikamva earlier this week.
“Chiefs are a team that like to play, like to have the ball, as a result, there will be space for us to play. We are also a team that likes to play, likes to have the ball so it will be more a football game than a tactical game in terms of waiting for a mistake and then counter-attack.
Menzo continued: “It will be a very interesting game playing against a good team with good players, who are on a good run. Let’s see if we are able to disrupt their way of playing and if we are able to play our own game, and I think if we play our own game we will have more possibilities.
The former Dutch international was honest when asked on his knowledge of the Glamour Boys; stating that he is not too familiar with all their personal, but was clear in the fact that the Naturena-based club boast a very experienced squad. A squad that has achieved success in South Africa.
“I don’t know the team so well, but I know it is a quality team, a team that likes to play football,” Menzo added. “I think the individual skills of players – they are very experienced and mature so they know when and where they can hurt us. We have to be aware of that.
“We can’t give too much space away, we have to keep the field very ‘tight’ so to speak and when we get our chances, we have to be more efficient. If we get five chances [for example] we have to score two at least. That is something we have to do.
“They are a good team, a team with lot of confidence at the moment, it will be a fight and in this fight we have to play good football,” Menzo concluded.