Ajax Cape Town striker, Nathan Paulse, reveals how Ajax set-up to stop Kaizer Chiefs playing their natural game in the MTN8 final last weekend.
The veteran striker netted the only goal of the game, stepping up to convert the penalty he was awarded in the 55th minute of the game.
Ajax ran out 1-0 winners and the 33-year-old revealed how the Urban Warriors set-up to stop Chiefs from being able to play their brand of football.
“The game plan was to get up in Chiefs’ faces and not give them space to play. I mean, everybody knows that Chiefs is a team that thrives on having the ball, so if you starve them of that, they can’t set their own play up,” Paulse told Soccer Laduma.
“It was a plan which the entire team had to buy into. It took a lot of work from all of us to close Chiefs down and to starve them of the ball when we won it back. We also had to try to create opportunities and it worked for us!”
“Credit has to go to the coach. He got it spot on! I think from the very start of the game – how we attacked, how we gained advantage – showed us that were up for the game! We took the game by the scruff of the neck and we made Chiefs do what they don’t like to do,” he added.
Do you think Chiefs could have done more to overcome Ajax’s efforts to disrupt their game, or where Ajax well deserved winners on the day?