David Nyathi explains Ajax Cape Town goals
Posted: 13 November 2017 Time: 14:12
David Nyathi is excited to reunite with fellow Bafana Bafana legend Hans Vonk at Ajax Cape Town and has shared his ambitions in the Mother City.
Ajax on Friday announced Nyathi has returned to Ikamva to serve as an assistant coach in the development ranks. He will aid Duncan Crowie in the ABC Motsepe League, MultiChoice Diski Challenge and in other tournaments.
The 48-year-old held a similar position at the Urban Warriors from 2008 to 2014, while he also had a brief stint as an assistant to then-first team coach Muhsin Ertugral a few years back.
Nyathi kept himself busy in his time away from the club, and is the current CEO of the South African Masters and Legends Football Association (SAMLFA).
Nyathi is sure he will swiftly grasp what is expected of him from Vonk, who is the head of youth at the coastal outfit.
Nyathi told the club's website: "I have been with Hans in the national team so we know each other very well from a teammate perspective. We were together at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France so I have good knowledge of him as a person, he is an exceptional goalkeeper and leader as well.
"I now have to understand the concept he introduces, the philosophy he wants and the kind of approach he will instil in us to direct the players to the kind of level that we expect from this great academy."
The former Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Cape Town Spurs defender enjoyed a distinguished playing career and hopes to achieve similar success as a coach.
"When you reach levels that are sometimes very difficult to reach it becomes your standard of life, and as a result you want to be successful in everything you do. I have the same mentality and I want to achieve things,” Nyathi continued.
"The balance between development and success with the youth has to be reached. You have to look in terms of longevity, do you want to achieve instant success or longevity in terms of raising quality players that will enjoy a sustainable career for a long time in their future?
"We have to balance that kind of achievement. Winning trophies is good, but developing real quality players that will overcome and combat all the stages of a professional football is very key.
"I want players that will play in the PSL team, players that will play for the national team and attract international interest. We look at that and also winning trophies obviously instils the confidence and belief that you will succeed and once you win you don’t want to stop.
"We need to find a balance, but yes I want to win. All the coaches want to win, so we will join hands and make sure we create that kind of environment."