Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo is
confident his players will rekindle the ‘fire and heart’ they showcased towards
the end of last year, as the Urban Warriors aim to bounce back to winning ways
at the weekend.
Following a disappointing showing against Bidvest Wits on
Tuesday evening, Ajax Cape Town are fired up ahead of their clash against
crosstown rivals Cape Town City on Saturday.
Kick off at Cape Town Stadium is
scheduled for 20:15.
Menzo stated that he and his troops will quickly comb
through the mistakes made during the 5-0 defeat suffered to the Clever Boys,
before switching focus to the Cape Town Derby.
“We played against a good team, a very good team - the
possibility to lose was there, the only thing that was disappointing is the way
we lost,” Menzo said at the pre-match press conference as quoted by the club's website.
“Those moments happen
in a season, but I hope it was the last ‘moment’.
The 53-year-old believes the Citizens, who sit in third
place on the Absa Premiership log standings, are favourites to come up trumps
this weekend - but believes that once the teams step out on the field they will
“As a coach, for me it is firstly and most importantly that
we get the points we need, we are still in a position that is not good,” Menzo
“Of course the Derby is a very nice moment; it is something
special for the people. It is a three dimensional match.
“The log doesn’t lie and they are third on the log
standings, that means that they are the favourites, but it is a special game… a
Derby. At the moment of the match we don’t look at the log.
“They have a good squad, some important players. The captain
(Lebogang Manyama), who is carrying the team as a leader - a good squad, not
easy to beat them. They can win games even in stoppage time.
Ajax Cape Town endured a huge upturn in results following
the Dutchman’s appointment as head coach last year, and he has called on his
troops to re-ignite that same kind of fire as the Urban Warriors aim to topple
“We need to get results and results breed confidence, when
you lose 5-0 it doesn’t give you a big boost. What I saw at the end of last
year was a team that played with fire and heart, and that is what I missed on
“I hope and I am sure that the players will give us fire and
heart on Saturday,” Menzo concluded.
Moreover, Roscoe Pietersen and Prince Nxumalo - who only
arrived back in Cape Town on Thursday - are the only injury concerns for the