Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo's clean sheet concern


The Urban Warriors are hovering just above the drop zone in 13th position, knowing a loss against Wednesday’s opponents Highlands Park could drag them even deeper into the relegation dog fight.

One clean sheet in their last eight games, with 31 goals conceded in 22 league matches doesn’t make for good reading, with coach Menzo calling on all his charges to help the team block out their opposition.

“It’s the whole team’s issue that we haven’t had a clean sheet in a long time,” he told reporters. “The moment you don’t score, it puts a lot more pressure on your defence and goalkeeper. So it is a concern, as a clean sheet means at least one point.

“But I also look at my team offensively, where we create chances – and the moment you score, the game changes. But if the opponents score their one chance, the game changes and you have to run at them again.

“So defensively it hasn’t been good, but it’s been said ‘As long as you score one goal more than your opponent, you will win’. So it’s both sides – we’ve let in too many easy goals, and don’t score enough.”

Ajax are hoping to stop a seven-game losing streak in the league against the Lions of the North, having last gathered three points on December 21.

Kick-off at Cape Town Stadium tomorrow is set for 19h30.