Cape Town - Ajax
Cape Town coach Roger de Sa is not at all satisfied with the manner in which
his players conducted themselves during the 1-0 defeat against Kaizer Chiefs in
a crucial Premiership fixture at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.
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Ajax conceded early in the fixture, courtesy of a goal by
Mandla Masango. However, they weren’t able to use the remaining 75 minutes of
the match effectively, despite Chiefs erring on the side of caution for most of
Quite simply, De Sa said the Urban Warriors were not the
better the side on the evening and did not deserve to walk away with the three
points, even though it would have been the desired result under the
"The game was not one of the best and for us we were
disappointing," said De Sa after the fixture.
"Our passing was poor, our decision-making in the final
third was terrible. The finalisation was poor."
The general consensus is that Ajax enjoyed a considerable
amount of the possession during the fixture and created several opportunities
to seize control of the match. However, the visitors were not able to exploit
those opportunities when it mattered most.
"We had 11 or 12 shots at goal but we never hit the
target once. The keeper never made a save but only two headers from Nathan
[Paulse] where the keeper had to work a little bit.
"I thought we could have done better against a team
like Chiefs that played with a little bit of fear, especially in the second
half where they sat back," added De Sa.
While it is not all doom and gloom just yet, the defeat does
mean that Ajax’s prospects of qualifying for continental competition have been
significantly hampered and De Sa is particularly disappointed about that.
"We missed a hell of an opportunity to get something
out of Johannesburg but we have to blame ourselves. We were poor and hopefully
we learn from it and move on and get better."