DE SA TAKES THE REIGNS AT AJAX
By: Nhlanhla Ndlovu
Former Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa was appointed as the new Ajax Cape Town head coach until 2016 on Thursday afternoon.
De Sa unexpectedly resigned as the Buccaneers’ coach at the end of January after joining the club in 2012.
Last year, De Sa led the Sea Sobbers to three cup finals including the African Champions League Cup. The Mozambique international has proved himself to the South Africans having coached at Bidvest Wits and Santos.
The Urban Warriors broke the news coming from the goalless draw against Pirates at home under the leadership of the caretaker coach, Ian Taylor, who held the position after Muhsin Ertugral’s resignation last month.
Ari Efstathiou, Executive Director at Ajax Cape Town, believes that De Sa is the right man to mentor the Mother City side.
“After a long deliberation and thorough analysis of all the applications that we have received, we believe that we have found the right man to steer us forward,” Efstathiou said on the club’s website.
“We have agreed terms with Roger and he has accepted the position of head coach at Ajax Cape Town until 2016.”
The 2002/03 PSL coach of the season with Wits is no stranger at Western Cape after coaching the National First Devision side in 2005/06 to 2006/07 season while they were in PSL.
The 49-year-old has also coached at national level having assisted Carlos Quieroz as a goalkeeper coach. The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows captain have represented South Africa at three sporting codes: Basketball, Indoor Soccer and Football.
“He supports youth development, which is fundamental to Ajax Cape Town future plans and has during his time at Wits introduced many youth players who have succeeded internationally and in the PSL.”
“We have a young squad and Roger is a players’ coach having played the game at professional level with Moroka Swallows, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits. His experience as a player gives him a distinct advantage as a coach,” Efstathiou added.
The Urban Warriors are heading to the Nedbank encounter on Friday against Sundowns which defeated them on Saturday by 3-2.