Stan’s Ajax CT’s new man

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October 31, 2016
Stan’s Ajax CT’s new man

NEW COACH: Stanley Menzo (left)

Menzo commits to Ajax way to stop Ikamva rot.

New Ajax Cape Town boss Stanley Menzo has a moerse job on his hands to turn around the struggling Ikamva club.

The Urban Warriors are now without a win in seven PSL games, after losing to SuperSport United 2-0 at Cape Town Stadium.

Saturday night’s defeat came two days after Roger de Sa quit the hotseat on Thursday in the aftermath of Ajax’s loss to Wits.

De Sa’s decision stunned the club and Menzo says it’s only through hard work that the club will turn things around. And he insists they’ll to it the Ajax way.

The former Ajax Amsterdam and Holland goalkeeper says: “My philosophy is simple, I want to win football games.

“I’m from the Ajax Amsterdam family and, for us, winning comes from playing good football from a good structure.

“The Ajax way is always to make sure your team has the ball as much as possible to deny the opponents opportunities.”

“For me, as I say, it’s about confidence, it’s the one thing this team is lacking. You can have good development, but if you don’t have confidence, then it’s a problem.

“When you are not winning, as is happening at Ajax now, then things just don’t happen. You don’t have luck, you get injuries.

“Having seen this team play, and having watched them at training, I believe they shouldn’t be in the position they are in.

“I want to bring them to a
higher position on the log.

“I want to bring back the enjoyment, and I want them not to be scared of having possession of the ball.”

Menzo will take the reins today after watching assistant coach Mich d’Avray take charge of the SuperSport game.

His team kept possession like he wanted in the match, but again confidence in front of goal cost the Cape side as the Tshwane side took all the points thanks to Jeremy Brockie’s first-half penalty and Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s late goal.

D’Avray says: “Sometimes the football Gods don’t smile down on you.

“We’re going through what’s a very difficult situation.

“We didn’t hurt them as much as we would’ve liked but I still think we had chances, you know, and the goalkeeper’s save from the Erwin Isaacs’ shot in the first half was top drawer.”

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