Margeman relishing Ajax opportunity
Posted: 21 January 2017 Time: 15:18
Ajax Cape Town youngster Grant Margeman has opened up about his first few months in the PSL, and cannot believe his quick rise under coach Stanley Menzo.
Margeman was promoted from the Ajax youth academy at the start of the season, and worked his way up the ranks to establish himself as a first team regular thus far.
The 18-year-old made his debut in mid-November against Maritzburg United and has since managed one goal and two assists in his six appearances, which include two starts in their last two games in December.
“Things have been going really good, the coach [Stanley Menzo] has given me a lot of game time, given me a chance and been helping me on and off the field – talking to me a lot and given me some good advice,” Margeman told his club's website.
“The coach likes exposing youngsters to the first team, he gave me a chance and I took it. For the past six games I have been in the team so yes it has been a very good period for me."
The teenager bagged his first professional goal in a 2-1 defeat to Highlands Park, before starring in back-to-back wins over Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United, and credits Menzo for his faith and guidance over the past two-and-a-half months.
“I never thought of making an impact so early and score my first goal so early [in my career],” Margeman continued.
“But, the coach told me, before he introduced me in the game against Highlands Park, to just go onto the field, play, motivate the guys and to just bring some energy to the team – that is what I did, and when I got the chance I scored.
“The coach then told me that he would start me in the game against Bloemfontein Celtic because when I came on I did what he required of me, he has continued to encourage me to keep up my form."
Margeman's former academy teammates Darren Johnson, Sirgio Kammies, Aghmat Ceres and Shane Saralina have all recently been called up to the national under-20 team, and has now also set his sites on earning a call-up to the final 23-man squad for the 2017 CAF U-20 Africa Cup of Nations next month.
“I want to continue being in the team, especially in the starting eleven; show the coach what I am capable of and maybe make the under-20 national team for the Africa Cup of Nations coming up [at the end of February] – I am looking forward to that, otherwise just to enjoy a successful second half of the season.
“For me it will be a big achievement [to play for the national team] because there is a lot of good talent in South Africa. I just want to continue showing what I am capable of,” Margeman concluded.