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November 2, 2016
Danger zone

FALLING APART: Ajax are not getting results

Ajax battling to survive the PS.

I have said this before and I will say it again: I am worried about Ajax Cape Town.

Things do not look good at the Cape club right now for a number of reasons.

Firstly, I’m never in favour of chopping and changing coaches. But I understand that the season is still young and a change had to be made to stop further damage.

Roger de Sa resigned last week but this must have been in the pipeline for some time because 24 hours later the Urban Warriors announced a new coach, promoting head of youth Stanley Menzo to the hot seat.

If you consider the philosophy of Ajax — no youth, no future – it makes sense to put the former Netherlands goalkeeper in charge of the first team because who knows about the club’s up-and-coming talent better than the head of youth?

But  this is partly where the problem lies.

When Ajax won the MTN8 just over a year ago, we had hoped it was the start of a bright future for the Ikamva club.

Things haven’t quite worked out that way and we have to look at the current team to try and figure out what’s missing.

Well defensively, the Urban Warriors have been caught time and time again this season, with silly
mistakes that have led to costly goals.

Perhaps they really miss Abbubaker Mobara, who was sold to Orlando Pirates, more than they expected to.

With a small squad, do they have anyone in the youth ranks who is ready to make the step up and maybe make a change in the back four?

We saw this with midfielder Luthando Mateza who was brought on against SuperSport.

He’s a highly-rated midfielder who has impressed in the MDC and in overseas tournaments with the U19s.

But who else is there? And for me that is a big part of the problem.

Even up front right now, who else do Ajax have that can change things up at a time when they really need something different?

The goal they scored against Wits in the 2-1 PSL defeat last week – a
freekick by defender Erick Chipeta – was their first since September 20 and in total they have scored four times in seven games.

It’s worrying times at Ikamva and I can only hope things turn around fast.

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