Former Ajax Cape Town and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Hans Vonk has been handed the role of team manager for Dutch Eredivisie outfit AZ Alkmaar.
Vonk, who represented South Africa on 43 occasions, including at the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, retired from football at the age of 41 at the end of the 2010/11 Absa Premiership season after Ajax Cape Town’s final day heartbreak when a 2-2 home draw with Maritzburg United allowed Orlando Pirates to pip them to the League title.
He stated after his retirement that he felt his future lay in the ‘business’ of football rather than coaching, and after returning with his family to Holland, has now been given the chance to get involved on the administrative side with Alkmaar.
He has been brought on board at Alkmaar by Gertjan Verbeek, who Vonk worked with previously while still a player at Heerenveen.
Alkmaar were Dutch Eredivisie champions in the 2008/09 campaign and finished last season in fourth, enough to qualify them for the UEFA Europa League. They were, however, knocked out of the competition in the qualifying rounds by Samuel Eto’s Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
Vonk made almost 600 appearances in his 23-year career, turning out for Dutch sides RKC Waalwijk, FC Wageningen, FC Den Bosch, Ajax Amsterdam and SC Heerenveen, as well as Ajax Cape Town.