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Menzo blames red card for defeat

Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo said the early sending off of Roscoe Pietersen had proven the turning point as the club lost 1-0-to Baroka FC at home on Saturday and missed out on a top eight finish in the Absa Premiership standings.

Pietersen was red carded five minutes before halftime of the match at the Cape Town Stadium for a professional foul on Letladi Madubanya, who went on to score the 51st minute winner but also get sent off himself.

“The red card was the moment we got into trouble, even though before that we had really not created any chances,” said the disappointed Menzo.

“The red card gave them more spirit and we couldn’t solve that. But they also scored their goal from a corner. It was a set piece where our players know who they should be marking.

“Being 10 men down and then having to score twice was for us too difficult at that moment.”

Ajax would have finished eighth had they won their last game of the league season but their losses, combined with wins for Lamontville Golden Arrows over Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars at SuperSport United, condemned Menzo’s side to a 10th place finish.


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