Roger de Sa looks to keep new Ajax Cape Town signing Mark Mayambela grounded
Posted: 17 September 2016 Time: 09:42
Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa says the club will do their best in keeping new signing Mark Mayambela focused and grounded as he looks to get his career back on track.
After failing to live up to his potential at his seven previous clubs, Mayambela has returned to his hometown, signing a two-year contract with the Urban Warriors late in the transfer window.
Much has been said of the player’s reputation for past misdemeanours, yet Ajax coach De Sa feels Mayambela knows what it is at stake, with the club giving their new recruit their full backing.
“We have to keep his grounded as much as we can, and keep talking to him and motivating him,” De Sa told KickOff.com. “He knows this is a fantastic opportunity: he’s at home, and can stake his claim and get his career back on track – he knows that, and that’s the most important thing. Our contract is also structured in a way that’s about playing, and for a long-term basis, not just for a few months.”
Mayambela made his Ajax debut as a substitute in his side’s midweek 2-1 loss to former club Orlando Pirates, yet De Sa insists the 29-year-old is not only an impact player, but could get an opportunity to start soon.
“I’ve always seen him as a fantastic impact player who can come onto the field and turn the game around with a few moments of magic, but I think it’s unfair to label a guy as only an impact player,” De Sa said. “He trains as hard as the others, and even harder right now, so if he keeps that up, he’ll definitely be able to last the 90 minutes.”
Mayambela may get a chance to start when Ajax face Polokwane City in their next league fixture on Tuesday.