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Menzo looks to get back on winning trail

Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo admits three points are a must as his side travel to Polokwane City for their latest Absa Premiership clash on Saturday afternoon.

Ajax have started the year with back-to-back defeats to have them looking over their shoulder at the relegation mix once again.

The latest was a 2-0 local derby against Cape Town City on Saturday, though Menzo says the performance of the team meant they deserved more.

“The game against Cape Town City was special, but our next game [against Polokwane] is even more special. We need to pick up points,” he told his club’s website.

“Our performance wasn’t too bad. But in football, it’s about the details and small things which make a big difference. We were at home and had to make the play, because we wanted to win, but City play good transition football; they have a good team, are very mature and wait for the right moments.

“Each team has its own qualities – one team has the quality of keeping the ball, and that’s probably us. But keeping the ball for a long time won’t make you win games. Out of possession you have to create chances and score goals.

“City decided to have less of the ball, but were very efficient as they have the players for that – players who can run and see things, and make good decisions: [Lebogang] Manyama sees the moment his side wins the ball, and is already on his way.

“And that’s quality … and not what we have, we have other qualities. And it’s not easy to play against a team like that.”

Ajax had won five of their last six games prior to the festive season break.


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