Ertugral excited by Zwane arrival
Posted: 29 January 2018 Time: 08:06
Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral says he can’t stop smiling ahead of the imminent signing of Mamelodi Sundowns defender Siyanda Zwane.
Zwane reportedly underwent a medical at Ikamva on Friday ahead of a move to the Cape club, understood to be a six-month loan, joining teammate Yannick Zakri in Cape Town as the Urban Warriors look to stave off relegation by bolstering their squad.
Zwane worked under Ertugral during the Turk’s time at Golden Arrows, with the Ajax coach thrilled to have the experienced right-back at the club.
“This is a player I’ve always loved – I think I was the man that made him into that player,” Ertugral said of Zwane. “I always believed in him, and I always have a smile on my face when he plays, and I’m glad he’s here.
“He plays in the 60m zone in the channel, up and down, up and down – he has a great engine, and can hopefully immediately fill that position, so we can have him already for the next game.”
The 32-year-old has made just two starts and two substitute appearances for The Brazilians this season, having found himself down the pecking order at the club, and looks likely to replace promising youngster Sirgio Kammies in the right-back position at Ajax.
Zwane’s switch to Cape Town means trialist and former Kaizer Chiefs, Sundowns and Bidvest Wits defender Siboniso Gaxa, who has been training at the club for the past two weeks, looks unlikely to sign on with the struggling Cape side.
“I don’t think we need two right wing-backs, though I still first have to speak to ‘Pa’,” Ertugral said. “The negotiations as well weren’t that smooth – this is for my chairman to say, but I think it took a bit too long, but we’ll see. But I’m happy that Zwane is here.”
Meanwhile, Ajax will today find out the fate of another new signing Tendai Ndoro, who will attend a PSL hearing following the controversy surrounding his move to Ajax – his third club this season, contravening FIFA rules which state that a player can only be fielded at two clubs in one season.
This is less-than-ideal preparations for the 15th-placed Absa Premiership side, who tackle Ndoro’s former South African club Orlando Pirates on Wednesday evening.