Ajax Cape Town Multi-Choice Diski Challenge head coach, Vladislav Heric, this week reflected on the 2016-17 season, with the reserve team bringing a roller-coaster campaign to an end with a 3-0 win over Polokwane City.
Having started the season with a 4-0 win over Baroka FC, the team looked set for a positive campaign, but unfavourable results would follow with the team eventually ending in 11th spot on the log standings.
“It was an awkward kind of situation I must say, we played 10 games away from home and five games at home. Ironically we won only one at home so we can’t complain,” said Heric.
“The good thing about all this, though, is that Cape Town teams usually have this reputation that we are bad travelers, but now we are trying to change this kind of things. Obviously, this won’t change overnight, but I am glad we got positives results from away games.
Heric continued: “We played very well, there are a lot more positives. The players enjoyed the competition, the MDC is there to also supply the PSL team, make the players coming back from injury ready for PSL action…to gain experience – that kind of stuff – so a lot of positives from this past season.
“We have to take into consideration that we also compete in the ABC Motsepe League, we have a limited amount of players. The ABC is very competitive and now we will put more focus on that, we did what we did and there are a lot of positives to take from the MDC this past season.
Heric believes that the team improved in the New Year with a 3-2 come from behind victory over Bloemfontein Celtic followed by a comfortable 3-0 win over Rise and Shine in Parow last Sunday.
“From Christmas, there are a lot of positives, a lot of players finished matric in December so from the 1st of December we had a lot of players training – so we could work harder [in training], we started to get better results. It is not something new.
“In the last season (2015-16), we had better results in the same period of time, it was a little bit different so we can’t really compare, but the similarity is that up until December they go to school, write exams and so on.
Heric signaled out a few players that caught his eye during the course of the campaign, with the below-mentioned players now looking to break into the First Team.
“That is what this MDC idea is all about,” Heric added. “I am very proud of certain players, like Neo [Makua], Like Yagan Sasman, Luke Verster, Luthando Mateza – they showed some great performances.
“Thomas [Chideu] improved a little bit, coach Stanley Menzo will say a bit more on that, but he did improve. We have upcoming players. We have new upcoming players like [Tashreeq] Matthews, 16 or 17 years old – changed the game against Bloemfontein Celtic. He has shown great commitment and the team will be able to count him in the future.
“Sasman was two-time man-of-the-match and has proven himself to be a quality player.
“We were a little bit clumsy at the back because I can’t remember two games in a row where we started with the same back four,but yes there were a lot of positives” Heric concluded.
The ABC Motsepe team will depart for Beaufort West on Friday, ahead of their clash against Barcelona FC on Saturday afternoon. The Urban Warriors currently occupy eighth spot on the log standings.