Ajax Cape Town head coach Calvin Marlin believes his side still has a firm grip on the GladAfrica Championship trophy despite losing their top spot to Swallows FC ahead of the season finale on Sunday.
‘The Urban Warriors’ were at the summit of the GladAfrica table for most parts of the season until Swallows leapfrogged them on matchday 29 to set up what promises to be a thrilling finish with both sides level on points – Swallows on top due to a superior goal difference.
The wheels have come off for Ajax at a crucial stage of the campaign but Marlin is rather feeling confident as he believes his side have control of the final outcome of the league heading into their last encounter against relegation-threatened Mbombela United at Rand Stadium.
“There’s a lot we have to play for. To throw away what we’ve done this season would be ridiculous. I’m trying to keep them motivated, keep them in the hunt,” said Marlin.
“Because it’s not over yet… not by a long shot. I mean, if we win our game by just one more goal than Swallows do in theirs then we are still good,” he added.
Brandon Truter’s men will tackle third-placed Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) at Makhulong Stadium.
Swallows have been an unstoppable force in their last 10 matches, winning 7 and drawing two with just one defeat.
Since the resumption of football, Ajax have suffered defeat in 3 of their 5 matches, scoring only three goals in the progress.
“Our inability to score has been detrimental. I have tried to show the boys the chances that we have created week in, and week out but just don’t take them. We then concede silly goals.
“We’ve only conceded eight in the last 10 games, which is good considering the way we were conceding at the beginning of the season. So, it’s like when we closed the back, we shut the front too somehow.
“We are obviously down but we can’t keep looking over our shoulder, we have to look forward and now we have to find a way to find goals,” he concluded.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi