Jan Pruijn In Charge Of Ajax Cape Town For Now

Coach Jan Pruijn will lead Ajax Cape Town when they take on Bloemfontein Celtic in their Premier Soccer League match at Newlands Stadium on Sunday.
Pruijn has been acting as caretaker coach since the departure of Muhsin Ertugral as new Dutch mentor Foppe de Haan cannot sit on the bench because he has not yet received a work permit.

Ajax CEO George Comitis has, however, expressed hope that the former Heerenveen coach will be available to take his place on the bench when the Urban Warriors play Golden Arrows in the MTN8 final at Orlando Stadium next weekend.

“Jan Pruijn will remain in charge of the team on Sunday," he said. "We are still sorting out papers for our new coach and hopefully he will be available for the MTN8 final.

“The players have been enjoying training under Pruijn and I am confident that they will carry their performance from training to the game against Celtic on Sunday,” he continued, according to Kickoff.com.

Ajax Cape Town, who are in position six on the league table, are still looking for their first victory at home after losing to Orlando Pirates, Santos and Kaizer Chiefs at Newlands Stadium this season.

However, striker Diyo Sibisi believes the Capetonians will experience a change of fortune against the visiting Siwelele.

“Pruijn has been here for some time and it was not difficult to adapt to him," he smiled. "We have been enjoying his training sessions and I am sure the guys will want to make him happy by winning the game on Sunday.

“We are aware that we haven’t won a match at Newlands Stadium this season but we are not under pressure and the fact we have been winning games away from home has given us confidence that we will do better this season,” Sibisi added.

The Urban Warriors are set to welcome back George Maluleke, Thulani Hlatshwayo and Thulani Seroro following their stint in Egypt with Amajita at the Under-20 World Cup.