Out but not down



October 24, 2016
Out but not down

ON THE ATTACK: Bantu Mzwakali

Ajax boss Roger de Sa hopeful after TKO exit.

Ajax Cape Town are out but not down after their first-round Telkom Knockout exit.

The Urban Warriors have still not won a game this campaign and didn’t look like getting that victory either as SuperSport beat them in extra time on Saturday night.

It took a deflected Thuso Phala effort to beat Roger de Sa’s manne 1-0 in Tshwane.

In a tight match, Ajax saw Tashreeq Morris and Prince Nxumalo denied in the first half. But wind and rain affected the game after the break.

De Sa believes his team could have done more on attack against a well-organised Matsatsantsa side.

And he hopes his team can finally turn the corner when they face Wits, who were stunned 3-1 by Free State Stars on Saturday, when the sides meet on
Wednesday in a PSL clash at Cape Town Stadium.

De Sa says: “The guys tried and work hard. It was difficult conditions, no doubt for both teams. One silly error, I thought, and we gave the goal away.

“There wasn’t much in it. Both teams were pretty evenly matched, but that’s the way it goes.”

“I don’t think we created too many chances tonight, they were pretty sound at the back. Our creativity wasn’t the best, I thought we lacked a little bit.

“Once or twice we got in the box and so on. I thought Prince [Nxumalo] had a very good chance in the first half. It was probably the best chance of the game, obviously not counting the last few minutes when we chasing the game.

“But apart from that I thought it was pretty even throughout, but that’s the way it goes. We just gotta try and recover from this and hopefully get it back on Wednesday.”

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