De Sa slates Ajax performance

2014-11-24 08:03
Roger de Sa (Supplied)
Roger de Sa (Supplied)
Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa did not hold back his criticism of the team after they played out a dour goalless draw against Maritzburg United on Saturday.

The Urban Warriors failed to make the most of both their home-ground and numerical advantage after the Team of Choice went down to 10 men with 20 minutes remaining at the Cape Town Stadium this weekend.

And, speaking after the game, an irate De Sa said: "We've got a guy like Nathan [Paulse] playing and we can't cross the ball; that is disappointing when you have senior players that can't cross the ball.

"And I suppose you're allowed to have bad matches, but I thought it was probably the worst game Scotty [Granwald Scott] played this season, and a few others too.

"But there are a few positives, and I thought [Aiden] Jenniker did a great job coming in as a sub and Ansi [Jaakkola] found his form again. So there are positives but, overall for us, it was a poor point - it was two points lost rather than a point won."

The coach was also blunt in his criticism of Bantu Mzwakali after the 21-year-old missed a glaring chance to put Ajax ahead, saying: "It's one of those things, when you get a player and say 'oh, the player is fantastic, he's got pace, he works hard, he gets into good positions,' and the only thing he can't do is score.

"I suppose if he could score he'll be at Real Madrid by now, because he has everything else, and so it's one of those things; he gets into good positions but his finishing is not the best.

"His decision-making in front of goal is poor but we've got to keep on working on that."


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