Vonk joins Ajax Cape Town as player/co-ordinator

Vonk joins Ajax Cape Town as player/co-ordinator

Hans Vonk sigend a contract on Tuesday which ties him to Ajax Cape Town for at least two years. The goalkeeper had a choice of several clubs to continue his career, but: ,,I have chosen for the challenge in Cape Town", says the South Africa-born Vonk.

Vonk will serve as goalkeeper for Ajax Cape Town for two seasons. ,,The hope and expectation is that I can give the team a lift with my experience. Moeneeb Josephs, my biggest competitor, will very likely leave the club, so we think that I will be the first goalkeeper. mind you, I'm not afraid of competition. But I hope I can contribute something with my experience.''

One of the reasons that Vonk did not consider a move to PSV, is that he wanted to be the starting goalkeeper at his new club. ,,I also wanted to seek a new adventure. When I was with the national team in South Africa the last time, I said I would like to continue my career there. The media picked up the story, but funnily enough it was not really taken seriously. Eventually two clubs were interested: Ajax Cape Town and Supersport United from Pretoria. Then later, the managing board of Ajax went to Ajax Cape Town and they came back very enthousiastically. I have had a conversation with Martin van Geel about whether I could mean do something at Ajax Cape Town for Ajax Amsterdam. I will become a sort of 'technical co-ordinator'. We have to talk about how we are going to do that exactly. In principle, I am going to play football for two years first. have an option to stay for two more years at Ajax Cape Town in that new post. But during the first two years, I can already start to shape that post. It comes down to me keeping Ajax Amsterdam updated and reporting on the development of talents, among other things. But again,how exactly that's going to happen, has to be seen.I can only sya that I am lookibng forward to it and that I think it's great that I can still stay connected to Ajax this way'', says Vonk.

Vonk was born in South Africa, but moved to Holland when he was very young. He therefore doesn't consider himself a 'real' South African, but because of his South African passport he was eligible for Bafana Bafana. He played 43 matches for the national team. In the Dutch league, Vonk played 462 matches. He began his career at RKC, played one season each for respectively FC Wageningen and FC Den Bosch, before he moved to sc Heerenveen in 1996. He was under contract with Ajax from 2004 and played 36 matches for the club from Amsterdam, with whom he won the Dutch Cup ten days ago. From this summer, Vonk will be an Urban Warrior with Ajax's satellite club, Ajax Cape Town.