Enter Brent Carelse on a six-month loan deal from SuperSport United with an option for Ajax to make it permanent. Fresh from winning three League titles in the past four seasons (two at SuperSport and one with Mamelodi Sundowns), Carelse’s experience is just what Ajax need. But in what position will he contribute best to the Urban Warriors’ cause? “Recently Carelse had to play on the left and it was not easy because you have to play halfway - as a left wing and a midfielder. But he’s doing well,” says Ajax coach Foppe De Haan. “I told him that he has to improve … he’s too comfortable on the ball. He likes to take too many touches and I like to play quick passing football - boom, boom, boom. “We have players already who like to take touches … we have Serero, Doutie and Granwald Scott. This week at training I told Carelse and he surprised me a lot because he understood this quickly. So I think he’ll play a big role in tomorrow’s match.” The question is what type of role? With Fanteni suspended for tomorrow night, what are the chances of seeing Carelse play further up field and asked to find a goal or two? De Haan had this to say: “Last week (against AmaZulu) he missed two or three chances. He needs to be there (up front) but not stay there. “When it comes to the finishing. A lot of boys here (in South Africa) play at a high speed and lot of chances are missed. It’s too rushed. But Carelse’s reading of the game is okay. I’m happy.” Reflecting on their recent win away in Ulundi against AmaZulu, De Haan was pleased overall. “We went behind a goal and I was happy that the boys never panicked,” he says. “We missed a lot of chances though, but that’s normal with us. I think we should have scored more.”
De Haan will hope that his team find the goals against a very dangerous Amakhosi side.