Evans says life must go on


The Bafana Bafana left-back says life must go, adding he will look forward to his 10th season at the Urban Warriors and is hoping that they will go one better than last season when they finished runners-up to Supersport United in the League championship.

“It was obviously my dream to ply my trade in Europe, but things do not always work out the way we wish them to. Life should go on. I am still happy at Ajax.

“There are no sour grapes,” says the 26-year-old. “What I love is playing football and I cannot complain as Ajax will give me that platform.”

Evans recently went for trials at Valerenga, a Norwegian club where Mamelodi Sundowns’ defender Mbulelo Mabizela turned out before returning home.

Although nothing came out of the trial, the Johannesburg-born defender believes he gave it his best shot.

“I am happy with my performance that side. I believe I gave a good account of myself and was hopeful that I would secure the move. But that is football. It didn’t pan out that way,” he says.

Evans says having put the Norwegian disappointment behind him, he is now focusing on the 2008/09 season where he aims to assist the Urban Warriors make up for last season’s disappointment, as well as rekindling his Bafana career.

A product of the School of Excellence, Ajax’s longest-serving player debuted for the Cape Town outfit in the 1999/2000 season – the year the club was born following a merger between Cape Town Spurs and Seven Stars.

“I am looking forward to the resumption of the season. If our pre-season performance and the hunger shown by the players is anything to go by, I am confident that we will make a strong challenge for the championship once more.”

The nine-time capped Bafana international also adds that he is determined to regain the national team’s left-back berth, a position which Tsepo Masilela appears to have made his own.

“It will obviously need a lot of hard work and determination. I am confident of my chances of winning back my position in Bafana.”