Stanley Menzo reflects on Derby Defeat

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Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo was honest in his assessment of the club’s 2-0 defeat to crosstown rivals Cape Town City on Saturday.

The Urban Warriors suffered a second successive defeat in the Absa Premiership; with a stunning Aubrey Ngoma strike followed by an Erwin Isaacs own goal as the hosts found themselves two goals down at the break.

Menzo’s troops looked a better side following the interval, with Nathan Paulse particularly unlucky to see his header attempt canon off the woodwork. But despite an improved showing in the second 45, the Urban Warriors were unable to hit the back of the net as City claimed all three points.

In the aftermath, the former Dutch international – Menzo – was realistic in his evaluation of what transpired on the pitch in the Mother City as Ajax now turn their attention to Polokwane City.

“Our performance wasn’t too bad,” Menzo said. “But in football, it’s about the details and small things which make a big difference. We were at home and had to make the play, because we wanted to win, but City play good transition football; they have a good team, are very mature and wait for the right moments.”

Menzo continued: “Each team has its own qualities – one team has the quality of keeping the ball, and that’s probably us. But keeping the ball for a long time won’t make you win games. Out of possession you have to create chances and score goals.

“City decided to have less of the ball, but were very efficient as they have the players for that – players who can run and see things, and make good decisions: [Lebogang] Manyama sees the moment his side wins the ball, and is already on his way. And that’s quality … and not what we have, we have other qualities. And it’s not easy to play against a team like that.

Defeat leaves Ajax in 11th place on the log standings, with a trip to Limpopo to face Rise and Shine next on the club’s agenda. Polokwane City scored a 95th minute equaliser to record a 1-1 draw away to Highlands Park on Sunday.

“The game against CT City was special, but our next game [against Polokwane] is even more special,” Menzo added. “We need to pick up points.”

“We have to go on, I need to bring the team together. I can’t stop, we have to go on,” the 53-year-old concluded.

The mach this coming Saturday at the Peter Mokaba Stadium is set to get underway at 15h30.

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