Ajax Cape Town have announced the acquisition of Mich D’Avray as part of their technical team for the new season.
The former Ipswich Town and NEC Nijmegen striker returns to the Cape after 20 years, having won the double with Cape Town Spurs in the 1994/95 season, and brings about a wealth of experience to an already-established Ajax coaching staff consisting of head coach Roger de Sa, Head of Youth Stanley Menzo and Diski Challenge and ABC Motsepe head coach Vladislav Heric.
“We have had ongoing discussions with Mich to return to Cape Town for the past 18 months, and are very pleased to announce our latest acquisition,” Ajax CEO Ari Efstathiou tells his club’s official website. “The technical team now at the club, has a huge wealth of experience including South African, Dutch, English and Serbian influence, as players, coaches and managers.
“We have brought together a technical team that has the ability to produce short and long term results at Ajax Cape Town.”
D’Avray, a previous coach of Moroka Swallows, Bloemfontein Celtic, Perth Glory (Australia) and the South Africa Under-23 side, will be second in command to De Sa, who is thrilled with the Englishman’s appointment.
“The club’s vision of consistently achieving success, including winning the league, required that I beef up the team around me,” De Sa said. “I feel by bringing in Mich, I have further strengthened the technical department which will enable the club to compete at the highest level.”
D’Avray himself said he is delighted to be heading ‘back home’.
“I am delighted to be coming ‘home’ to Cape Town,” he said. “I have been impressed with the vision of the Club and I’m looking forward to joining the team at the start of pre-season training.”