Petim: 'Its all about team-work'.
Friday May 05 2006
Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Andre Petim says his team will not be dependent on a single key player when they play against Black Leopards in their last Castle Premiership match of the 2005/06 season at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday at 3.15pm.
The official Premier Soccer League website caught up with the former Vasco da Gama player as he got off a plane at Johannesburg International Stadium, en-route to the Limpopo-based venue.
"At Ajax we pride ourselves on being a young team that does everything to work as a team. In this way we try to avoid becoming predictable to our opponents," Petim commented.
The talented goal-minder cut his goalkeeping teeth at local side Vasco da Gama before joining Ajax as a talented, but inexperienced 16-year-old.
On their much-anticipated clash against Leopards, Petim said that the team was well-prepared for the encounter and determined return to the Cape with all three points in the bag.
"We know that it will not be easy to beat Leopards in their own back garden, but I am confident that we will fire on all cylinders to come away with the three points."
When asked about Saturday's match from a personal point of view, he added: "I do not know if I will make the starting line-up as yet because my goalkeeping colleague Moeneeb Josephs is also travelling with the team.
"As I already mentioned, whether myself or Moeneeb starts should not make much of a difference as the most important factor is that we need to finish the season on a high note."
Petim counts veteran Mamelodi Sundowns 'keeper Andre Arendse amongst his favourite players in the local scene. And, like his idol, he has already carved himself a niche as an important member of a national team.
Petim has been selected to form part of the 'Amaglug-glug' team that will carry the nation's hopes of qualifying for the forthcoming All Africa Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"This will be the third time that I go into camp with the national Under-23 team and I am really privileged to have made it so far.
"The national squad, like Ajax, comprises of talented players and for me to spend time with them is absolutely great," Petim concluded.