Turning the corner



November 30, 2016
Turning the corner

HUNGRY: Paulse and his Ajax teammates

After a first win, Ajax hunt big Downs scalp.

Ajax Cape Town believe that they have finally turned the corner.

The Urban Warriors finally ended a nine-match winless run with a 3-2 victory at Platinum Stars last Wednesday.

And after another week working under new coach Stanley Menzo, the noises out of Ikamva are much more positive.

A positive attitude will have to be on show again tonight when they face African champions Mamelodi Sundowns at Cape Town Stadium (7.30pm).

Veteran striker Nathan Paulse is available again after suffering a fractured cheekbone and could be seen sporting a protective mask in the win over Dikwena.

And the three-goal ace reckons the entire squad is up for the big one tonight.

He says: “Look, it was a good win over Stars and the boys deserve all the credit for the hard work and their attitude.

“It was a much-needed win as it brought some relief in the camp. The guys are now starting to believe in themselves, which is good for the club.

“The win has given the entire squad that needed boost. We still have a long way to go though, but this is a good start.

“As we prepare for the big clash against Mamelodi Sundowns, I believe the boys will be in high spirits and ensure they get another win.”

Ajax will face some familiar faces when Pitso Mosimane’s PSL champions run out on the pitch as graduates Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat are set to return from injury.

The CBD duo missed the 5-0 pakslae of Highlands Park with shin splints and a groin problem respectively.

And coach Menzo reckons it won’t check Downs’ momentum.

The Dutchman says: “From what I’ve seen of Sundowns, they are very good, a top team.

“It won’t be easy for us to get a result. But they are human and they have moments of weakness. It’s up to us to bring our best. We have to stay in the game and try to hurt them.”

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