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Ajax coach bemoans lack of shooting

Struggling Ajax Cape Town fell deeper into the relegation quagmire after extending their winless streak to seven Absa Premiership matches on Friday night with coach Jan Versleijen bemoaning the lack of shooting prowess shown by his players.

The 0-0 draw with AmaZulu at the Cape Town Stadium left Ajax still second from bottom in the standings.

“I think in the first half we were lucky we did not get a goal against us because AmaZulu had chances. We cleared two balls from the goal line and played a little bit too much with fear,” said the Dutch-born coach, who has yet to win in six matches since taking over at the club. “If you play with fear, then you don’t show your quality.

“In the second half, it was an improvement. We forgot the fear and we started playing. In the first 15 minutes of the second half AmaZulu did not even get past the halfway line, so we had constant pressure. After 25 minutes we lost a grip on the midfield because Khama Billiat was playing a bit too forward. In the end of the game, and this is what probably cost us the three points, somebody had to shoot. You get chances, you have to try to execute and we did not do this.”

Versleijen said the last nine matches of the season for Ajax would each be “like a cup final”. The struggling Cape side next travel to Pretoria to meet Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld.


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