De Sa: I was not yet in charge
Roger de Sa (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Newly appointed Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa said he was not yet fully in charge of the Mother City club when they lost to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup last Friday.
The Urban Warriors lost 1-0 to the Brazilians at the Athlone Stadium courtesy of a Rodney Ramagalela strike.
“I was not really in charge that night, I was just an observer,” De Sa told Sport24.
“I arrived in Cape Town the previous day and only managed to meet the players for the first time in the change room.
“Ian (Taylor) was still in charge and he chose the team and I didn’t interfere at all.
“I just sat on the bench to get as much information as I could which I believe I could (get) over the 90 minutes.”
The 2013 CAF Champions League losing finalist tactician also revealed his satisfaction at the team’s performance on the night despite their first round elimination.
“Nonetheless I was very happy with the performance.
“I saw an improved Ajax Cape Town side, which played better than their previous league game against Sundowns.
“In that league game I think they just played with the thought of not losing the match but in the cup game they were all out to upset Sundowns but it was just unfortunate we couldn’t win.”
The former Orlando Pirates mentor said Ajax will try to win as many games possible in their quest secure a top eight spot at the end of the season.
“I want to win every game I play, that’s my personal mandate.
“As a coach, I play to win regardless who I am playing against, I always (have the) desire to win.
“We all need to win as we are trying to get the team into the top eight when the season finishes,” he added.
Ajax are currently occupying 11th spot on the overall Premier Soccer League (PSL)log.
Their next instalment will be a premiership clash at home against PSL newcomers, Polokwane City, at Athlone Stadium on Friday night.
Kick-off is scheduled for 18:00.