Ertugral replaces Stanley Menzo, who has parted ways with Ajax after struggling to improve the team’s precarious log position. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN - An old face at the Cape Town club, Muhsin Ertugral was on Thursday named as new coach of the Ikamva-based club.

Ertugral has rescued Ajax Cape Town from parlous situations in the past - and, after being appointed as the club’s new head coach on Thursday, the fiery Turk has another difficult job on his hands.

Ertugral replaces Stanley Menzo, who has parted ways with Ajax after struggling to improve the team’s precarious log position.

This is Ertugral’s fourth stint at the helm of Ajax.

The Cape club’s CEO, Ari Efstathiou, said: “We are delighted to have secured Muhsin’s signature once again. Muhsin is no stranger to the club and clearly understands our philosophy of playing attacking and attractive winning football.

“He is also very knowledgeable in promoting our youth players from our academy which is critical to the club’s future. We would like to welcome him back”.

Ertugral, of course, loves the Mother City, and has property in the region.

“Ari and I had a long chat regarding the possibility of my engagement as the Head Coach where he outlined the plans for the future and also the restructuring that has taken place since my last stint here,” Ertugral said. 

“I have watched the team recently and believe that with one or two additions in critical positions, we will be able to find ourselves in a more respectable position on the log standings. 

“There are many talented players in the team and I believe with the right guidance, I will be able to get the best out of them.

“I would like to thank the Board of Ajax Cape Town for the opportunity to once again allow me to lead this great club and hope that I will be able to bring back a smile to our incredible and loyal supporters”.


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