Mosadi thinks Ajax can take him places

De Sa des­per­ate to ad­dress a wor­ry­ingly soft un­der­belly

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - RODNEY REINERS

ROGER DE SA has loudly trum­peted the fact that, in his opin­ion, Ajax Cape Town have done very well in the trans­fer mar­ket this sea­son. With ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers like Mark Mayam­bela, Roscoe Pi­etersen and Le­bo­gang Mokoena on board, to­gether with Zim­bab­wean Eric Chipeta and burly Por­tu­gal for­ward Ju­cie Lu­peta, the Ajax coach’s op­ti­mism is un­der­stand­able.

But it is the im­pact of a lesser-known new sign­ing, Thabo Mosadi, that has been most im­pres­sive at this stage of the sea­son. So far, the Ur­ban War­riors have played just four games – two draws and two de­feats – so it’s been a rather er­ratic open­ing to the new PSL cam­paign. There have been good mo­ments, though, and it’s just the con­sis­tency and stay-in-the-mo­ment, 90-minute fo­cus that has been lack­ing.

Mosadi, how­ever, has prob­a­bly been the one player to catch the eye. The winger was brought in after Ajax sold Riyaad Noro­dien to Or­lando Pi­rates. De Sa was keen on bring­ing in some pace and cre­ativ­ity down the flanks and, in Mosadi, he has cer­tainly got that.

The 25- year- old, signed from the Univer­sity of Pretoria, has been an in­flu­en­tial pres­ence for the Cape side. He has been an ir­re­press­ible men­ace to op­po­si­tion de­fences and Ajax will be hop­ing for more of the same as the sea­son pro­gresses.

Be­cause of the threat he presents, Mosadi has al­ready come in for spe­cial, ro­bust at­ten­tion from de­fend­ers. As such, in­jury is never far away and he had to be sub­sti­tuted in the draw with Polokwane City two weeks ago after ag­gra­vat­ing an ail­ment.

The Ur­ban War­riors then lost to neigh­bours Cape Town City last week, a re­sult that hasn’t gone down well with their sup­port­ers. There’s noth­ing worse than los­ing a derby and Ajax are de­ter­mined that, next time it comes around, things will be dif­fer­ent.

For now, though, the most im­por­tant thing is to get the first vic­tory un­der the belt. The PSL is cur­rently on a two-week break and re­sumes on Oc­to­ber 15, when Ajax take on log lead­ers Kaizer Chiefs in Dur­ban. No doubt, it’s a fix­ture that Mosadi is re­ally look­ing for­ward to.

“We’ve only played four games, so there’s no need to panic,” Mosadi said. “Yes, we are cur­rently low down on the PSL log but once the games get un­der way again, I’m con­fi­dent we are go­ing to get bet­ter, and things will start to turn.

“You have to re­mem­ber that the play­ers are still get­ting to know each other. We, as new play­ers, have been brought in and it’s a case of tak­ing time to blend every­thing to­gether. The break will cer­tainly help and I’m sure that the im­prove­ment will soon start to show.”

Mosadi is from Katle­hong, an area east of Johannesburg. Hav­ing cut his teeth at am­a­teur clubs in his town­ship, he went on to play for Jomo Cos­mos and Alexandra United be­fore com­ing sen­sa­tion­ally to promi­nence at AmaTuks in the PSL.

But, last sea­son, the Univer­sity side were rel­e­gated so Mosadi jumped at the op­por­tu­nity when Ajax came call­ing. “Ajax were after me for quite a while and when Tuks got rel­e­gated, I thought that a change would be best,” he said.

“I thought that the new en­vi­ron­ment, the new at­mos­phere, would be great for my ca­reer. I must say, I haven’t been dis­ap­pointed with my de­ci­sion.

“I’ve fit­ted in nicely with the squad, I’ve been wel­comed and things are go­ing well. It couldn’t be bet­ter and I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it in the Cape… to be hon­est, I don’t even miss home back in Joburg.

“As a team, Ajax have al­ways im­pressed me, they play an at­trac­tive style of football and I’m grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity. I think this is a club that can take me places.”

But, as much as Mosadi is pos­i­tive about his move to Ajax, his am­bi­tions can only be re­alised if the en­tire squad comes to the party.

De Sa has voiced his con­cerns that some play­ers are just not strong enough men­tally dur­ing tense, dif­fi­cult game sit­u­a­tions. He needs ev­ery­body to be on the same page when it comes to courage, com­bat and in per­form­ing with de­ter­mi­na­tion and steel.

It’s not hap­pen­ing at the mo­ment, but it’s very high on his agenda. It’s no se­cret that op­po­si­tion clubs in the PSL are all fully aware of the soft un­der­belly that is the great vul­ner­a­bil­ity in the Ur­ban War­riors make-up.

Mosadi, too, has no doubt that things will change. The re­sults will turn and the real, qual­ity Ajax who scare so many teams will soon emerge.

“We’ll con­tinue to play.” he said. “The hard work is there, it’ll come. Our aim is to push for a top-four spot. It’s still too early in the sea­son to judge this team.”

THABO MOSADI: An ir­re­press­ible men­ace to op­po­si­tion de­fences.

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