Igesund named Coach of the Month

Ajax Cape Town boss Gordon Igesund has achieved yet another accolade as he has been named Castle Lager Premiership Finest Coach of the Month for February 2004 at a press conference held at the Ajax headquarters Ikamva on Friday morning.

The 47 year-old Urban Warriors coach graciously accepted his trophy and a R5000.00 cheque, half of which went to a charity organisation of the club's choice, the Percy Bartley House for youths from disfunctional homes.

"I am sorry to use that old cliche', but without a team there in no coach. I just want to say thanks guys, you have been great, " said Igesund.

The Ajax CT team of 2004 barely resembles in player resources and attitude to the stumbling team of 2003 that closely escaped from the relegation zone on the last day of the season.

Boosted by the acquisition of the four Democratic Republic of Congo recruits in Dikilu Bageta, Tshinyama Tsholola, Kanku Mulekelayi and Cyrille Mumbiala, Ajax have shot to second in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) standings thus far this season.

The three-time Championship winning coach with three different teams had a few a words of warning for the other title challengers.

"There are ten games left and we are going for the championship," said Igesund.

Ironically, Igesund had previously won this award exactly two years ago in February 2002 during his spell at Santos and also in November 2002 with Orlando Pirates.

He was later awarded with the Castle Premiership Coach of the 2000/2001 season while at Pirates.

On both occasions, the current Ajax tactician led his respective teams to the league title.

The Urban Warriors face Dynamos in their next match at the Newlands stadium on Wednesday, March 10.

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