Muhsin Ertugral has revealed that he intends to develop Ajax Cape Town’s existing young talents, rather than looking at trialists to bulk up his squad ahead of the 2013/14 Absa Premiership season.
The Turk arrived back in Cape Town on Monday to join Ajax Cape Town for the team’s preseason preparations, after working with FIFA’s technical study group at the U20 World Cup in Turkey.
A number of trialists have been training with the Urban Warriors since the start of the club's preseason, although they have all been sent packing by Ertugral, with the exception of former SuperSport United striker, Nathan Paulse and Slovenian goalkeeper, Dejan Milic.
Ertugral told Soccer-Laduma, “There have been many trialists in the last few weeks, but when I arrived yesterday I sent them home. There will be no trials for this team. We have a very good U19 team which we can use. We also have a lot of youngsters in our team, so why do we need to have trialists when we have a lot of good young players.”
When asked how the young talents from Ajax’s academy are doing in training, Ertugral added, “We have a lot of great young prospect players. They have won the Copa Amsterdam and you can’t just walk in there and win it. They need to be guided in the right direction, but we’ll take our time with them."
Ajax will certainly still need to bulk up on a few more experienced players in order to create a more balanced squad for the new PSL campaign.
“We’ll be looking to get two or three seasoned campaigners from the PSL and one or two international ones, then we’ll be fine,” concluded Ertugral
By Julian Bailey
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