Brett Evans saw some highs and lows during his time with Ajax Cape Town, and the Urban Warriors legend is worried about the club’s precarious position in the Absa Premiership.
Evans, who is currently a coach at one the biggest youth setups in America, Albion Soccer Club, says that he is always checking on what’s happening in Cape Town as he hopes for a late revival from his former team.
Having been at both ends of the table during his lengthy spell at Ajax – he finished as high as 2nd and as low as 14th over the course of his time at Ikamva – the 36-year-old knows what it takes to beat the drop, and he’s backing Muhsin Ertugral’s team to complete the great escape.
He told the Siya crew, “It’s tough. I’m on the other side of the world but I try to keep track of things with Ajax on a daily basis. I chat to friends back home and ex-teammates who are still around the game or playing, and it’s really tough to see Ajax where they are. I’ve been through it myself, and I can understand what they’re dealing with. It’s not easy, but I still think they can do it.
“I have good memories working with Muhsin, and if there’s a coach to do it, then he’s the man to do it.”
When asked about what causes this kind of decline for a football team, he put it down to the youth policy that Ajax operates with, saying, “Ajax is a club that plays youngsters. I got my break that way, and I don’t think they’ve changed their philosophy. Coaches are asked to be brave and to give boys a chance, and in those situations you are going to lose games. It’s hard being patient with kids and trying to win. It’s a fine line. When you have that philosophy there will be struggles.”
Evans himself as got his hands full over in California, and is currently coaching three youth teams at Albion SC. He knew that he wanted to do when he hung up his boots in 2012. “I got into coaching pretty quickly,” he explained. “In my last few years of playing I knew that I always wanted to get into some sort of teaching. I’m now in my sixth season of coaching at youth level in San Diego, and I just got into the Development Academy, which is the youth league that all the MLS teams play in. I’m an U12 coach and coach two U14 teams as well.
“I’m learning and growing as a coach, and I’m doing some licenses as well. It’s been an interesting process, and I’m loving it. Some of the boys I’ve coached are starting to go pro, and some are going to college. Hopefully I can make an influence and better myself and the kids.”
Ajax face Sundowns in a crunch game this weekend, with Ertugral looking to avoid the drop and Pitso Mosimane aiming to clinch the title.
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