Inconsistency is a serious concern for Maarten Stekelenburg ahead of the clash between Ajax Cape Town and Jomo Cosmos at the Sinaba Stadium on Wednesday 04 April 2012.
Ajax won five games in a row from December 04 to February 19 however the Urban Warriors have been without a win since February 25 and Stekelenburg is challenged to find the answers.
At a pre-match press conference Stekelenburg said, “We need to tackle the issue of inconsistency of form with the team. These are the same players that produced a five match winning streak yet the same team have not won a game since February.
It’s not that we are playing badly; it’s just that we are not taking our chances and the opposition is taking theirs. Against Sundowns at Newlands we matched them on the field throughout the first half, we created four scoring opportunities in the first 30 minutes then they scored in the 39th minute, we also created scoring chances in the second half but could not find the back of the net.
We also played well against Amazulu on all three occasions and against Free State Stars even when we were reduced to 10 men.
We have proved that we can score goals and defend solidly. I have said that we need to show more urgency in our game, be more clinical in front of goal and make the right choices at crucial moments of the game.
We cannot afford to drop any points if we want to stay in touch with the chasing pack. There are still nine games to go and anything can happen, if we collect points and the other teams drop points then we are back amongst the chasing pack.
We will give Cosmos the respect that they deserve however we are going to the Sinaba Stadium to collect three points.”