Last night I had the pleasure of chatting to Gavin Ebden, who grew up in.the football era of the early Cape Town City, Hellenic, Cape Town Spurs and Glenville.
Gavin was born in District Six, stayed in Bonteheuwel for 18 years and is currently a resudent of Strandfontien.
He is a fan of Ajax Cape Town from day 1 when Cape Town Spurs and Seven Stars combined to form Ajax Cape Town. He as at the first match played at the old Green Point Stadium in 1999 vs Ajax Amsterdam and recalls how Benni McCarthy played one half for each team.
Lance: The Ajax vs Chiefs fixture is always exciting and action packed no matter if we play home or away. What is your views on the match and result?
Gavin: I thought that with new signings Cheeseboy and Mayambela being given starts we might give the mighty Amakhosi a run for their money. It was not to be.
If Nathan’s 2nd minute chance had gone in, we could’ve had them under pressure.
Our defence was a bit suspect in the buildup to both goals. We waited too long to take Nathan off.
Lance : Currently, Nathan is our top goal scorer do you think our other strikers are playing their part in supporting roles?
Gavin: Last season Prince nearly took the PSL top goalscorer award!
Imagine him & current top scorer, Nathan, together in attack.Lots of critics disagree that the partnership would work, as they both out and out no 9s, target men.
Composure in the final third of the field has been lacking especially by players like Bantu, Tokkie, etc.
Lance: So far this season our beloved Urban Warriors have been unable to win a match. What could possibly be the problem? Or should we have expected this type of start with the new players coming in and the loss of some experienced players
Gavin: We haven’t performed too bad it’s just that in football the luck needs to go your way.
Hopefully we’ll turn the corner soon, although I think we should use the new youngsters as well.
There seems to be consensus amongst most fans that coach Roger must go, because the total style of football Ajax has been renowned for is nowhere to be seen since Roger took over.
Lance: The AJAXCTFANS are divided on the topic of Roger De Sa, some say he should be fired and others say the players are the problem. What does Roger need to do to fix the first team?
Gavin: Roger should hand Jody the gloves, also bring in the youngsters that came through the academy.
He must change the team around a bit, and make his subs quicker, possibly halftime when he sees we have our backs against the wall.
Let’s put Mich d’avery in charge of the first team and Roger can assist, maybe that could work out better.
Lance: That is an interesting view I did not see that coming. In closing what message do you have for the club.
Gavin: Ari should restructure from top down and be more hands-on where the fans are concerned, mingle more with us, sit with us, plan with us for the future because without us there’s no Ajax Cape Town.
Thank you for your time and see you in block 116 at the next home fixture #WeAreAjaxCT