Comitis hails technical director

Ajax Cape Town boss John Comitis would like to salute and congratulate the club's outgoing technical director, Mr. Ad Zonderland, who is returning to Holland after a highly successful period with the Cape side.

Zonderland, who spent four years in Ghana before joining the Urban Warriors, has decided to return home with his family after many years away.

Comitis had nothing but words of praise for Zonderland, who was originally brought into the club as head of youth development, but actually became the club's technical director, assisting in all areas at the club, from the first team right down to the junior sides.

The Ajax CEO says that he holds Zonderland's footballing knowledge in high esteem and says that he has been highly impressed with the Dutchman's ability to bring everything together under one roof.

"Zonderland has been the most succesful Dutchman involved at Ajax Cape Town since the inception of the club and he has done a fantastic job for us. He has turned around the club's fortunes from struggling in the league to become title challengers," said Comitis.

"Not only has he helped in reviving the first team, but he has also been responsible for the junior teams making a clean sweep of trophies.

"He has also played a major role in helping to give coach Gordon Igesund the confidence to go for results.

"He has assisted Igesund in implementing the Ajax system, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of playing winning soccer.

"Zonderland must also take credit for the successful signing of the players from the DRC as it was he who recognised that these players would fit into the Ajax system."

"He is a soccer master-mind and has now completed his function at the club and will now be returning home - he will be a great loss to Ajax."

Comitis said that now because Zonderland has now put the correct structures in place at Ajax, the club will now revert back to having a 'head of youth development' coach, as opposed to the technical director role which Zonderland occupied to such great effect.

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