Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo is wary of the fact that KwaDukuza United present a potential “banana skin” for the Absa Premiership side, with the Urban Warriors eager to avoid a premature exit from the Nedbank Cup against lower tier opposition.
The Nedbank Cup has over the years provided its fair share of shock results, and Ajax Cape Town are desperate to avoid any such shock against a team plying their trade in the ABC Motsepe League.
At the pre-match presser at Athlone Stadium on Thursday afternoon, Menzo admitted that he knows very little about this weekend’s opposition, but that he had been doing some research:
“Look, first it is good to play Nedbank Cup games against teams you have never played before, teams you don’t know a lot about – it is a good challenge,” Menzo said.
“I think for the opponent it is nice to play against a Premiership team, on the other-hand, the challenge is that we don’t know a lot about them so that is actually the biggest challenge.
Menzo continued: “As a Premiership team playing a lower league team it is always: you have a lot to lose and nothing to win.
Under their former guise – Natal United – KwaDukuza caused a Nedbank Cup shock; beating Chippa United at the same Round of 32 stage two years ago.
“I haven’t been in this position [head coach of Ajax] for very long, but yes I have done some research on our opponents. I know what colour they play in, I know their coach. I received a Whatsapp with a graphic on twitter of me and their coach [Thami Ngubane] – I saw the coach which is nice,” Menzo added.
“I know it is an experienced coach and I know that in 2015 the team beat Chippa United and lost to Golden Arrows. That is why I want to say again, that as a team playing in a higher league, we can’t take it easy.
Moreover, Menzo quashed any suggestions that his team will be taking the clash lightly, with the former Dutch international eyeing much needed momentum ahead of the important Absa Premiership fixture against Free State Stars.
The Urban Warriors welcome Ea Lla Koto to Athlone Stadium next Friday evening.
“What I hate is losing, especially against a team that you really shouldn’t be losing against. It will be a great opportunity for us,” Menzo concluded.
The match on Saturday afternoon will take place at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium. Kick-off is at 15h00 CAT.