What a difference a week makes for Ajax Cape Town, who have managed to lift themselves off the foot of the table with three wins in a row, the latest a scrappy 1-0 success at home to Lamontville Golden Arrows.
New coach Stanley Menzo is understandably delighted, but wants a big finish to the year to move the club well away from the drop-zone going into the festive season break.
And they will feel they have a chance to do that with matches to come at bottom side Highlands Park (December 14, away), Bloemfontein Celtic (December 17, away) and inconsistent Chippa United (December 21, home).
“With the Christmas period looming we want to get as many points as soon as possible to get out of the zone we find ourselves in,” Menzo said. “We are taking things one match at a time, the next match is the most important and we need as many points as possible before we head into the summer break.
“Results have sparked belief and confidence within the squad, we still have a long way to go, but things are looking good going forward. We need to extend our boundaries every week, create our next challenge, build and see where we end up.
Ajax have managed back-to-back clean-sheets, including against African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, and Menzo says this stout defending is key to their future success.
“As long as you keep clean sheets you will have a point at least, so if you create one or two chances a match and score one of those you are likely to get a good result.
“It is very important that we keep things tight at the back like we have done in the past two games.”