Cape Town - Roger De Sa admits he wants his Ajax Cape Town youngsters to start maturing into men after being frustrated at his side constantly losing out in the physical battles.
Ajax have suffered from inconsistency this campaign, after an incredible early season run that saw them in the top half of the table and win the MTN8 final, the Urban Warriors season has faltered.
The Cape side are languishing in tenth in the Absa Premiership standings, knocked out in the first round in the CAF Confederation Cup before bowing out of the Nedbank Cup last 32 following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Free State Stars at the weekend.
De Sa feels his side need to press opponents more and not allow them to get into the game as his technical players cannot handle the physical aspect of the game yet.
"We've got to be a bit more offensive and defend forward," the 51-year-old told the club's official website.
"Defensively, we have a natural tendency to always back off and that hurts us. As soon as teams become a little bit physical and the officials allow it, we battle. We start to get on the back foot.
"That's one of the things we've got to look at, we need to become men and take that confrontation head-on."