Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo counting on experience to secure Premiership survival


The Urban Warriors are four points above Baroka FC at the foot of the table with five matches remaining, starting with a home clash against Platinum Stars on Sunday.

That is one of three games at home, the others being against Bloemfontein Celtic and Baroka on the final day of the campaign, and Menzo knows if they win those, the club will be safe.

He does have past experience of escaping perilous situations, despite an illustrious playing career, and proved to have the Midas touch in helping former club Amsterdamsche FC out of a similar sticky situation.

When he took over the amateur club in January 2013 they were in the relegation zone in the Dutch third-tier, but the final 14 games of the end of the season produced six wins, seven draws and just a single defeat to see the side to safety.

“I do have some experience in this situation [of battling relegation], and it is about getting a good spirit in the squad, and to have a good structure and stick to the plans,” Menzo said on Friday.

“We need to all stick at it. It is obvious that we are not the best squad in the PSL, but we have a good mentality, good discipline and the desire to fight. That is the secret.

“If we keep our discipline, structure, spirit and fight for the whole 90 minutes [against Stars], we will get the points.”

Ajax have striker Nathan Paulse back from suspension, but will be without the injured duo of Tashreeq Morris and Rheece Evans.