Absa Premiership

Tight table gives Menzo hope

2017-03-28 07:38
Stanley Menzo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - With Ajax Cape Town just three points above the drop zone, coach Stanley Menzo is hoping that 'one or two wins' can lift his team into mid-table comfort.

After taking over from Roger De Sa at the end of October, Menzo initially enjoyed a promising start to his tenure as the Urban Warriors picked up form before the Christmas break.

But 2017 has seen the Mother City outfit regressing - they have lost two and drawn four of their six matches since returning to action, while they also lost to third-tier minnows Kwadukuza United in the Nedbank Cup.

Ajax occupy 12th position in the standings, but they are also only five points adrift of the club in sixth position, Polokwane City, so the top eight still remains a realistic target.

"At this stage of the season, every point is important," Menzo told his club's official website. "It's very tight, so just one or two wins and you move up quickly.

"But we still have to do it. Every team in the same position as us is fighting, so we just have to deal with it."

The Dutchman says key to improved fortunes will be a more clinical approach in the final third of the field.

"The big problem at the moment is goals. Ball possession is important, but it has to end in creating chances or in goals," he explained.

"That is something we at Ajax Cape Town have to learn - when you are in control of the game, you must finish."

Their next three matches are against Maritzburg United, Highlands Park and Golden Arrows.

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