Margeman eyes self-improvement
Posted: 20 June 2017 Time: 12:19
Ajax Cape Town midfielder Grant Margeman says he is relishing the challenges of top flight football and feels his best is yet to come.
Margeman broke into the Ajax first team set-up under former coach Roger de Sa and his performances under new mentor Stanley Menzo has not gone unnoticed.
The national under-20 attacker bagged the Young Player of the Year award at his club's year-end function to add to his Player of the Year accolades he scooped up in the under-15 and under-17 divisions.
'Pacman', as he is affectionately known, also bagged the Urban Warrior of the Year award for the under-19 team to add to his collection.
The 19-year-old has since reflected on his meteoric rise, and feels there is still plenty room for improvement as he seeks to make an even bigger impact next season.
"Looking back at my first season, playing professional football has been amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it," Magerman tells KickOff.com.
"However, I'm looking to get fitter and stronger for the new season. I'm aware that I have created expectations, especially with our fans, and it's up to me to maintain that level and to do even better.
"I'm actually very blessed to play under a Dutch coach like Coach Menzo, who has played at the highest level possible.
"My teammates are also very supportive, you know. With such a great bunch of seniors around to guide me, I feel my best is yet to come."
The 19-year-old also refuses to shy away from Ajax's disappointing 2016/17 Absa Premiership campaign, after the Cape-based side failed to qualify for the top-eight when they lost to Baroka FC on the final day of the season on home soil.
"Look, we are hurting but we must move on. We can't erase what happened in the past but we can only control where we are heading in the future," he adds.
The Amajita star, who recently featured at the U-20 FIFA World Cup in South Korea, is also very critical of his own performances, adding that there are certain aspects of his game that need plenty of improvement.
"I think I need to open up more to the players. I need to better my communication on the field. This is something my coach has also highlighted. Coach Stanley encourages me a lot to be a leader on the field, despite my young age. That is what I'll try to rectify when the new season starts," he concludes.