Rodger De Sa believe they can do it again

Rodger De Sa believe they can do it again


Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa is expecting an open Nedbank Cup final when they lock horns with Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth is the cauldron for the clash, which will also draw the curtain on the 2014/15 South African football season.

While the Brazilians may be the favourites, the Urban Warriors are not far behind having built a solid foundation through their wealth of youth at Ikamva this season.

“The budget difference is massive between the two sides and the cars in the car park are a massive difference as well,” De Sa said this week.

“But because we’ve beaten them once already and they beat us, we have a quiet belief that we can do it again. That’s nice to have. We know that we can beat anybody on the day.

“The nice thing about them is that they’re a footballing team. They play good, attractive football and they come at you. They don’t sit back and it is very rarely that they play ugly.

“They have too many quality players to play ugly. For sure it’s going to be a footballing match and the ball will probably be on the grass most of the time, so that helps us knowing that they’re that type of team.

“So if they bring the game to us, and I’m sure they will, then we have to take it back to them.”

The abundance of youth at the club was highlighted earlier this week when all three of the nominees for the Nedbank Cup’s Young Player of the Tournament came from the Cape side.

Tashreeq Morris, Bantu Mzwakali and Riyaad Norodien are all on the list – the former also in the senior category – and Sundowns’ big-name players will be looking to shut them up.

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