Cape Town - Ajax
Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo believes his side may have turned the
corner towards better fortunes, after Saturday's Premiership win over
The Urban Warriors produced an excellent first-half showing against
Siwelele as Bantu Mzwakali handed the hosts the lead. Tashreeq Morris
made it 2-0 before Isaac Nhlapo's own-goal ensured a nervy finish to the
contest which ended 2-1 at the Athlone Stadium.
Nonetheless, Menzo says he is delighted with the three points which moves Ajax up to 13th in the standings.
"We played the best first half of the season. The second half we
couldn't play anymore because Celtic pressed us higher," the Dutchman
"Because of that we lost a little bit of confidence and then in the
second half you have to say it is all about the win. But I think we won
the game in the first half with the way we played.
"For the players it is confidence‚ it is so important and belief can
make a player not afraid to make mistakes. If you don't have confidence
you will be afraid to make mistakes and then you will make them.
"In the first half we had a lot of confidence because we played good
football‚ and then we didn't make so many mistakes. It's not for me‚
it's about the team. I am responsible‚ but the team has to do the job.
"I can only do so much. Of course‚ when you lose you (the coach) get
blamed‚ but that is part of the job. I want the players to believe they
can win‚ I put a lot of effort into that at training‚ but when it comes
to the 90 minutes‚ it is up to the guys."
The Urban Warriors next travel to the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday to face Polokwane City in a Telkom Knockout round of 16 clash.
Kick off is at 15:30.