Ajax Cape Town head coach, Roger De Sa, has praised his young charges after they beat Absa Premiership defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, at a wet Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.
De Sa said he was happy for the team, and had special praise for his new young captain, Travis Graham, who scored the winning goal.
“I think we’re playing with nine development players, from the youth academy, and they’re all good well-groomed players, so you got to use that. They’re never going to play a physical game, they’re going to play football, and they were outstanding, “ De Sa said on Wednesday night.
“Sundowns give you a chance, they try play football as well, so it suits us, and today you could see it, we could match them, pass-for-pass, and obviously at the end they threw everything forward, but I still think we had some chances, especially in the first half that we could have wrapped the game up.
“But I’m happy for the guys, especially Travis (Graham), I made him captain last night, and wow, what a debut as a captain.
De Sa also praised his very young defence, and hoped they remain as consistent throughout the season.
“Sometimes I have a go at them (his defence) and I forget Rivaldo is only 17, and Mobara is 19, and yet I expect so much more from them, but you’re dealing with a backline where only one player is over 25, so you’ve got to be a little more patient, and today was a great performance from them, I think they came up against possibly the best in the league and they coped. It’s just a question of consistency, and coping week in and week out, and we’ll see how it goes.”