Absa Premiership

Ertugral: Gaxa's experience vital for Ajax

2018-02-08 10:42
Siboniso Gaxa and Aubrey Ngoma (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral says he has always been a big admirer of Siboniso Gaxa and that he may use the veteran in a variety of positions.

The Urban Warriors recently snapped up the former Bafana Bafana international after he was released by Bidvest Wits. Prior to that, the 33-year-old enjoyed a successful four-year spell with Kaizer Chiefs.

There were initial doubts that Ajax would bring in the player after the signing of Siyanda Zwane from Mamelodi Sundowns, however, the Turk revealed he holds Gaxa in high regard.

He said: "He is a South African international and his experience at the moment is more vital than his physical strength. 

"So there are those elements that he can give the team on the road‚ when we are playing with the ball or without the ball. The right decisions that he takes… even without physical fitness.

"He is working hard‚ that [fitness] gap can be closed after the Golden Arrows game [on February 25]‚ then I think he will be completely ready. But also I am not scared to put him in because we need a player like that. 

"He can also play some other positions. ’Pa’ is a player that when I was with Chiefs (from 2007 until 2009)‚ I loved how he was he was playing.

"When I was there we couldn’t get him‚ when I left he was on the transfer-list that we had developed at the time and Chiefs got him."

Ajax next travel to the Orlando Stadium to face Soweto giants Orlando Pirates in a Nedbank Cup round of 32 clash on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 20:15.

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