Ajax Cape Town boss Roger de Sa says their home games need to be their priority this season.
And against tricky opposition like Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium tonight, he has urged his players to lift their game.
Ahead of tonight’s 7.30pm kickoff, he says: “We look forward to playing at home. Playing away does hurt us a bit.
“We have to take advantage of being at home.”
Ajax gave a good account of themselves in their last home game against Orlando Pirates.
But the coach adds that it’s easier to get his players up for the big boys, while playing against the less-fancied teams is a struggle.
De Sa adds: “Polokwane will be a tough one. From what I’ve seen, they are a lot more organised than in the past. The coach has done a nice job.
“The home games are ones that really matter. These [games against smaller clubs] are the tough ones and are difficult to motivate [the players] for.
“You have to play the players up. You wish you could dress the [opposition] up in Pirates gear.
“But it’s a test of character and hopefully we give a similar performance to the one we gave against Pirates.”
The boss put his side’s 2-1 loss to Bucs down to “five minutes of madness” in defence.
But goalkeeper Brandon Petersen believes their defence will improve.
He says: We’ve improved a lot defensively. As they games go on, we will just get better.”
Skipper Travis Graham says they can’t keep on putting in good performances and not getting the results.
The midfielder adds: “The performance against Pirates was a good one. But as a team, we looked at that and said it’s pointless playing well and not getting the results.
“Most importantly we want at home.”