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Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo  ~ BackpagePix

STANLEY Menzo will fly home for a Christmas break in the coming days.

The under-fire Ajax Cape Town coach would be forgiven if he decides to extend his stay in the Netherlands, however, and not rush back to work.

So poor has the team’s run been under his stewardship that the club could be looking to ring the changes in their technical team ahead of the second round of the PSL season to avoid possible relegation.

According to a source close to the club, the position of Menzo has become untenable, although the Dutchman still enjoys the support of his boss, Ari Efstathiou.

Ajax lost 1-0 to Kaizer Chiefs at the weekend, their seventh defeat this season leaving them second bottom with 14 points from the same number of matches.

They could soon become isolated in the basement, should current bottom club and defending champions Bidvest Wits pick up form in the new year.

The Urban Warriors have never really recovered from the slump which began under ex-coach Roger De Sa over a year ago.

And even pre-season recruits such as striker Sedwyn George haven’t made any impact in the team, which has not been able to muster two wins in succession.

Menzo has, however, backed his players, hinting he won’t be reinforcing his team apart from the addition of youngster Muzi Thabotha, who was signed from Highlands Park.

“There is enough quality in the team,” said Menzo.

“We need players who can help keep more possession of the ball for the team. You have to stay organised, remain disciplined on the ball. You have to wait for your moment.”

These are the shortcomings Menzo first bemoaned after taking over 14 months ago, and he seemingly hasn’t figured out how to address them yet.

Said Menzo: “We have our moments, winning the ball in midfield and then hitting from behind. But it’s not enough.” 

He lamented his team’s inconsistency but added that inconsistency was part of the league, stressing that his team had to find a way to “deal with it”.

Said the coach: “We have to stop being inconsistent. This is a young team with few experienced players.”

The Cape side will resume their league campaign with a home fixture against Maritzburg United on 5 January.

It remains to be seen, however, whether Menzo will still be in charge.

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