Ajax confirms De Sa as new head coach

2014-02-21 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Ajax Cape Town have officially announced that Roger de Sa has been appointed as the head coach of the club.

Executive director at Ajax Cape Town, Ari Efstathiou, told the club’s official website: “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.

“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 as 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 the reins of Bidvest Wits. He also coached at national level having assisted Carlos Quieroz as a goalkeeper coach. Last season Roger 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.”

Da Sa was born into a football family in Maputo, Mozambique; his father (a goalkeeper) played for Sporting Lisbon between 1956 and 1960.

He holds the distinction of having represented South Africa at three sporting codes, basketball, indoor soccer and football.

He captained both Sundowns and Swallows during his time as a player at both clubs. In 2010, Da Sa won the Nedbank Cup with Bidvest Wits.

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