Jomo happy with a draw

There was little doubt as to who the happier of the two coaches was after Ajax Cape Town and Jomo Cosmos drew 1-1 at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.

For the struggling Johannesburg outfit, a point away from home in a rainy Mother City was like a previous asset.

The result, and the performance, which saw Ezenkosi defending superbly and also creating a few decent chances themselves, left coach Jomo Sono a satisfied man.

“To be honest to pick up a point here in Cape Town – for us it’s like a win. We had three great chances in the second half but unfortunately inexperience has cost us.

“My team worked very hard collectively. We played some good football, so I’m very happy – I think we are getting there - we are not worried about what people are saying. We created clear chances, we are going in the right direction,” said Sono.

For the veteran manager, it was crucial that Ajax’s talisman, Granwald Scott, was neutralised.

“It wasn’t easy – especially with the little player that have got in midfield – you know, Scott, he’s brilliant, different class.

“We had to make sure Siyabonga Nhlapo (goal scorer and man of the match) picked him up, because he (Nhlapo) has got a good engine. I told Siyabonga to make Scott chase him, and for the first goal he (Scott) didn’t chase him, and there was nearly a second – I think our tactics worked well.”

For Ajax coach Maarten Stekelenburg, the result was disappointing, considering that the home side had the bulk of possession on the night.

“I never had the feeling that we really controlled the game, where we were in position to take advantage. We talked at half time and we were a little bit better in the second half, but it was not a good game.”

Having had to reshuffle his side due to injuries, the Dutch coach admits his team lacked their usual fluency.

“The defence of Jomo is playing quite narrow, so we thought we would try and use the spaces on the side, but we did not create enough play from our defence to our midfield. It was difficult playing with two new centre backs – Thato Mokeke and Nazier Allie are used to playing from the back…we looked a bit scratchy tonight.”

Stekelenburg went on to add that he hopes to sign Matthew Booth soon, though explained that the final decision was not his and that it lay with management.