Saïd Ouaali has been named as the head of Ajax’s youth academy. He signed a contract that goes into effect on July 1, 2016, and will be valid for three years, until June 30, 2019. With this appointment, he joins the club’s technical heart.
Ouaali (born on July 9, 1969 in Beni Said, Morocco) started as a coach in Ajax’s academy midway through the 2011-2012 season. As of 2014, he was also working as a coordinator for the oldest youth players. He has been combining this role with the job of interim head of the youth academy since December 2014.
Ouaali has previously coached at SV Marken, Jong Volendam and FC Lisse. In the spring of 2013, he received his Professional Football Coaching Diploma. As a player, he has been active for HFC Haarlem and Ajax’s Saturday seniors team.
Ouaali: “It’s great that I can continue with my current work at Ajax next season. This appointment is a show of appreciation and I’m naturally very proud of that. The past six months have certainly not been easy. My colleagues and I have worked hard to ensure that the high level of the academy’s training would remain so. Several new youth coaches have been appointed for next season to strengthen the staff. This will give me and Dennis Bergkamp the opportunity to focus on streaming youth players through to the Ajax Reserves and the first team. That means that, in addition to my role as head of the youth academy, I will regularly call on the reserves with Marcel Keizer and George Ogararu.”
Edwin van der Sar: “Saïd has been working in our academy for almost five years to everyone’s satisfaction. He’s completely supportive to the path that Ajax is taking and, in the past few months, he has done an outstanding job as the interim head of the youth academy. Dennis Bergkamp and I have worked with him intensively during this time, and we arrived at the conclusion that Saïd is the right person for this position. For us, it’s critical that, next to good scouting and good teaching, that the flow to the first team goes more smoothly. That process can still be improved and that will be