Absa Premiership

Ajax boss expects open game

2015-05-13 09:35
Roger de Sa (Supplied)
Roger de Sa (Supplied)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa has vowed to take the game to Mamelodi Sundowns in Saturday’s Nedbank Cup final in Port Elizabeth.

Despite having finished fifth on the PSL log – their best return since the 2010/11 season – the Urban Warriors are massive underdogs against a Sundowns side that has no shortage of star quality.

“The budget is a massive difference and the cars in the car park are a massive difference as well,” De Sa joked when comparing the two sides.

“But because we’ve beaten them once already and they beat us (in the league) we have a quiet belief that we can do it. That’s nice to have. We know that we can beat anybody on the day.”

The former Orlando Pirates mentor added that the final should be good to watch for the neutral, with neither side adopting a negative approach.

“The nice thing about them is that they’re a footballing team. They play good, attractive football and they come at you. They don’t sit back and it is very rarely that they play ugly,” said De Sa.

“They have too many quality players to play ugly. For sure it’s going to be a footballing match and the ball will probably be on the grass most of the time, so that helps us knowing that they’re that type of team.

“So if they bring the game to us, and I’m sure they will, then we have to take it back to them.”

De Sa has enjoyed this season at Ajax, and looks a far calmer manager than he was when crowds were turning on him at Pirates.

“Every cup final has got its own story and its own chapters. I’ve only been here a year and if we win this one it will be a fantastic achievement, not only for me but for the club,” he added.

“We’ve got so many development players and we’ve played every game with about 90% development players on the field. I think that’s pretty unique. So if we can achieve this then it would be fantastic.” 

Kick-off for Saturday's match is scheduled for 15:00. 

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