Players motivated by the rivalry - Stekelenburg
“This is going to be a fantastic game,” these are the first words from Maarten Stekelenburg when asked about the Cape Derby.
Ajax Cape Town plays Santos at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, kick off at 20h15 and the Ajax coach can feel the change of atmosphere in his dressing room.
He said, “Even though I am from Holland, I can feel a sense of enthusiasm amongst the players and that is good.
This game has all the ingredients for a good game with both teams coming off a win in their last game, the players want to win and that will draw the fans to the Stadium.
The players must stay focussed and wait for that moment in the game when they can take advantage of the opposition, there is also that moment in the game when the game explodes and we must control our emotions to ensure a victory.
Yes this is a derby, but for me the three points is our aim. It’s very important for our campaign to win this game to push for a place in the top three.
It will not be easy and we know that, but our training sessions went well and our players are motivated by the rivalry of the tradition of the Cape Derby.”