Stanton Lewis joined Kaizer Chiefs over bust up with Foppe De Haan
Posted: 18 January 2011 Time: 10:15
Stanton Lewis reveals that his decision to leave Ajax Cape Town to join Kaizer Chiefs on loan was motivated by his poor relationship with Ajax coach Foppe De Haan.
'Stiga' put pen to paper on a six-month loan deal and says he doesn't intend to return to the Urban Warriors when the loan deal expires. According to Lewis, he endured a torrid time, especially this season, after De Haan hauled him over the coals for his goal celebrations last season. In fact, Lewis believes his fallout with De Haan led to his lack of game time this season. He started one League game and another in the Telkom Knockout and came off the bench six times this season for Ajax. He failed to score. "I had some hiccups with the current coach Foppe De Haan. I made a few bad choices in the way I celebrated my goals last season, which he didn't like and that led to a clash of personalities. And from there I was never brought back in the starting line-up," reveals the 23-year-old. Lewis, however, refuses to dwell on the celebrations that got him in hot water, saying "you can go back and watch the tapes and see if you find something". _quote His four goals for Ajax last season came via a brace against Wings United in a last 32 Nedbank Cup match on 18 April 2010 and the other two were against Golden Arrows in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout on 28 March 2010 and in the semifinal of the same cup against another Durban side AmaZulu on 3 April 2010. "It was about emotion and what he said to me in the dressing room. Well, I went out and did the job and celebrated the way I did. Obviously I was wrong to do that but it was just that at that time it was just my emotions taking over. I did something silly and I asked for forgiveness," he says. Asked whether he would be comfortable rejoining Ajax if things don't work out at Chiefs, Lewis says he is confident he will do enough to earn a permanent deal in Naturena. "No, I haven't thought about that. I have positive thinking and if Chiefs don't sign me that will be my own fault. I will make sure I work hard and do everything in my power to stay here. I don't have negative thoughts in my mind at all," he says. Meanwhile, Ajax are irked by Lewis' comments on De Haan, warning him in a Business Day article today not to burn his bridges. Ajax, through their PRO Thabiso 'Shooz' Mekuto, also question Lewis' commitment at training, which flies in the face of the latter's promise to work hard and earn a permanent deal at Chiefs. "Lewis had an attitude with the coaches and their biggest problem was that he never put in the required effort at training. He always trained at half the pace of all the other players and that is why he never played. So this whole thing about his goal celebrations remains a mystery," Mekuto is quoted saying.