Ajax Cape Town Football Club is one of the top teams in South African football. The team has won several trophies over the years and they are focusing on winning the PSL championship. Ajax has also participated in the CAF competitions although they never managed to go far. The team has seen a few top stars leaving for greener pastures over the years and recently their top stars Abubakar Mobara and Riyaad Norodien signed for Orlando Pirates Football Club. The Ajax development structure is one of the best in the world and they have managed to promote top quality talented youngsters over the years. Let us discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Ajax team.
Ajax’ strengths are their goalkeeper, defense, midfielders, and their strikers. In fact the whole team’s tactical approach is their main strength, although they have their weaknesses. The goalkeeper Ansie Jakoola was one of the best goalkeepers in the PSL during his stay at Ajax. He has now moved to England for a new challenge. Jody February will definitely replace him as he has proved to all football fans around the country that he is ready for the elite league. February has been the pillar of the national under 23 side during their qualification campaign to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The defense of Ajax is full of energy and I hope other PSL are watching how young defenders are capable of maintaining the defending standards the way the Ajax youngsters are doing. They are speedy, strong, and they can also support their midfielders at any given moment. They have never shown any signs of getting tired during their games and they can even play for more than 120 minutes without reducing their speed and energy. Rivaldo Coetzee and company are doing their job very well.
In midfield Ajax has Travis Graham, Ndiviwe Mdabuka, Bantu Mzwakali, and other players who can do anything with the ball in the middle of play. They are strong in character and their tactics are very professional when moving with the ball and in transition. They can also score goals for the team.
In the striking force Ajax has Nathan Paulse, Prince Nxumalo, and Tashriq Morris. These strikers can mesmerize any defenders in the PSL. They have scored vital goals for the team and are willing to add more during the new season.
Ajax’ weaknesses are in their physical approach to some games and also their supply to the main striker mostly Paulse. Sometimes you will notice their physical abilities especially in cup games. When Ajax is in the Semifinal of a certain competition, you will notice the change in how they approach their opponents. During this change of approach, they don’t allow their opponents any space to play comfortably, they are all over the place and you will wonder where they get the energy to do such a difficult job for 120 minutes if the game should go to extra time.
I remember one of the coaches even started counting the Ajax players in their final game of the MTN 8 competition.
The supply to their no 9 is sometimes very tiring. The defenders would just kick the ball to Paulse without any message or notice. Within the next 2 minutes the ball would be back in the air looking for Paulse’s aerial powers.
Solution to their weaknesses
Ajax has brought in the likes of Abel Mabaso, Roscoe Pietersen and Thabo Mosadi to strengthen their team and to increase the flow of the ball in the middle of the park. Definitely Ajax will be fighting for the PSL championship next season.