Ajax in crisis



November 23, 2016
Ajax in crisis

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Warriors show relegation form

Despirate times. That is the only way to describe what’s happening at Ajax Cape Town right now.

Nine games into the season and they still don’t have a win to show for it and they have just three points out of a possible 27.

Whichever way you want to look at it, that’s relegation form, I’m sorry to say.

I watched in horror on Saturday when Deolin Mekoa scored with what turned out to be the last kick of the game to give Maritzburg United all three points in a 2-1 win.

Man of the match Mark Mayambela was distraught after the game, having worked so hard to score the equaliser.

Mayambela was a joy to watch as he pulled the Urban Warriors strings like a puppet master.

The only thing missing was a finishing touch as the likes of Tashreeq Morris failed to find one in a first half that Ajax, frankly, should have ended ahead.

And that is exactly the problem.

They are creating chances, that’s not the problem. The worry is that they are not converting enough of those into goals.

They have scored just six times in nine games this season, conceded 14 in the same time and are three points from safety, actually four given their goal difference is so poor.

Even more worrying is the fact that only once prior to Saturday night have they found the back of the net in the second half of a match.

CEO Ari Efstathiou believes once they make the breakthrough, things will fall into place.

But that breakthrough needs to come immediately because as the games come thick and fast before the December break, teams will start to open up a gap on them and then it really will be a dogfight for survival.

They’ve already changed coach and now, I suppose, it’s about giving him time to impose his philosophy.

I already like that Stanley Menzo is trying to restore the discipline.

I noticed that the side arrived at the Cape Town Stadium 45 minutes ahead of schedule to foster a team spirit.

I hope it starts to click quickly for Menzo’s men, for Cape football’s sake.

And with a guy like Benni McCarthy around, I don’t see why Ajax can’t give him a call to give the guys some tips on finishing.

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