Roger De Sa named as Ajax coach

2014-02-20 14:09

Ajax Cape Town have officially announced that Roger De Sa has been appointed the head coach of the club.

Ari Efstathiou, executive director at Ajax Cape Town, told the club’s official website: “After a long deliberation and thorough analysis of all the applications that we have received, we believe we have found the right man to steer us forward.

“We have agreed terms with Roger and he has accepted the position of head coach at Ajax Cape Town until 2016.

“Roger has proved himself an astute coach with a good understanding of South African football having coached at Bidvest Wits (twice), Santos and Orlando Pirates. He supports youth development, which is fundamental to Ajax Cape Town’s future plans and has, during his time at Wits, introduced many youth players who have succeeded internationally and in the PSL.

“In the 2002/3 season, Roger won the PSL Coach of the Year award while at Bidvest Wits. He also coached at national level having assisted Carlos Queiroz as a goalkeeper coach. Last season, De Sa took his team to three Cup finals including the African Champions League Cup final.

“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.

“We welcome Roger to Ikamva and will give him all the support he needs,” said Efstathiou.

De Sa was born into a football family in Maputo, Mozambique. His father was a goalkeeper who played for Sporting Lisbon between 1956 and 1960.

De Sa holds the distinction of representing South Africa in three sporting codes – basketball, indoor soccer and football.

He captained Sundowns and Swallows during his time as a player at these clubs.

De Sa won the Nedbank Cup with Bidvest Wits in 2010.

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