Ajax still ‘a work in progress’

18 Oct

Ajax Cape Town want to keep up their reputation for playing flowing football and entertaining fans but it is not always possible, says their coach Maarten Stekelenburg.

“We cannot always play fantastic football and win,” he told as he reflected on dropped points at the weekend in the Absa Premiership.

The coastal club are battling to maintain the momentum of last season, when they came within a whisker of a winning their first ever league title. Recent league results have seen them fall off the pace.

But the new coach, who took over from legendary Foppe de Haan, says Ajax are still “a work in progress” as he seeks to create a team without the talismanic influence of Thulani Serero, now playing in the Netherlands.

“I’m happy when I see the effort from my players and the team spirit. Sometimes there will be games when we don’t come away with much but we have a lot of young players and for them to play well regularly at a high level is also a function of experience,” said Stekelenburg.

Ajax dropped points at home last Friday against Jomo Cosmos – being held to a 1-1 draw at the Cape Town Stadium – and before that suffered a 4-0 thumping at the hands of another struggling team, AmaZulu.

But the Ajax coach said he was confident matters would turn around as players like Nazeer Alle and Brent Carelse returned from injury.

“I still say that when we are playing well, we can beat any team in the league. But it is also true to say that in this league that when you are not playing well, you can also lose to any team.”

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Soccer


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