De Haan, Vonk boost for Ajax development

Foppe De Haan and Hans Vonk are both returning to former club Ajax Cape Town to head up the club’s already largely successful youth division.

De Haan was head coach of the Urban Warriors between 2009 and 2011. The Dutchman was very popular at the club and came to within a whisker of leading the club to the league title in 2011.

The Gauteng-born Vonk spent a large portion of his career in Holland, including at Ajax Amsterdam, and represented Bafana Bafana at the 1998 World Cup.

He had two spells as a goalkeeper for the Urban Warriors, between 2006 and 2008, and again from 2009-2011.

“Already bolstering the coaching talent of Stanley Menzo, Mich d’Avray, Duncan Crowie and Vladislav Heric – De Haan and Vonk will complete a coaching team at Ikamva that is sure to send shock waves through Mzansi,” Ajax stated on their website.

“A fantastic technical team – which blends Dutch efficiency with South Africa flair – is not only sure to profit the club a great deal, but also the Western Cape community with De Haan to host coaching courses in the province.”

Vonk is to take over as the new Head of Youth with immediate effect, while De Haan will arrive in August to assist the former national team shot-stopper.

Vonk is keen to cover all bases and improve on an already impressive youth setup at the Parow-based team.

“We are looking forward to improving on the current standard of the Youth Academy at the club, the biggest aim is to improve the level of the coaches which will automatically improve the level of the players,” he said.

“Besides that obviously there are many more aspects that need work: helping the scouting department find the right players and looking after the players in terms of life skills – there are a lot of things to do.