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Igesund Bemoans Long Break 06/10/03
Ajax Cape Town coach Gordon Igesund was very happy with his team's recent 2-0 win over Manning Rangers, but is now concerned that his side will lose the momentum and confidence they gained in this match.

"I was very pleased with the attitude shown by my players. Although we are capable of playing much better soccer, the result was the all important factor on the night. In our two previous games (Chiefs and Wits) we played very well and came away with nothing, and then against Rangers the opposite was true - but that's how football goes," Igesund told the www.ajaxct.com website.

"To win against Rangers was vital for us - a loss would not only have meant that we would have suffered three defeats in a row, but it would also have meant that the players would have two weeks to reflect on this negative situation.

"On the other hand the win has sent us back into second position on the log and the players will now be raring to play the next game," said Igesund.

"Their spirits are up and the confidence levels are high. This break could be quite frustrating for them, and it is up to me to keep the guys on their toes by keeping both the interest and competition levels up."

Igesund plans to do this by varying his training as well as planning "team bonding" sessions such as taking the players to the movies or arranging for them to walk up Table Mountain.

"It is important that the guys remain fresh and keen to play. There is no point for them to be at their peaks right now - I have to make sure that they reach their peaks in time for our next fixture against Dynamos in the Coca Cola Cup on October 15."

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