BACK AT AJAX: Foppe de Haan

The Dutchman, who guided the Urban Warriors to within three goals of the title in the 2010/11 season, is heading up the academy.

The 73-year-old will take the reins at Ikamva with former Ajax and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Hans Vonk.

This as the club looks to produce more high-quality youngsters after two tough seasons since winning the MTN8 and reaching the Nedbank Cup final.

The expertise available at the club now includes Stanley Menzo, Diski Challenge coach Vladislav Heric, Vonk and De Haan.

And Vonk, who worked alongside De Haan at Eredivisie club Heerenveen, rates his mentor highly ahead of his second spell in the Cape.

The keeper tells the club’s website: “We had a fantastic group of players and Foppe implemented a very fluent way of playing.

“Thulani Serero of course, George Maluleka, Granwald Scott, Brett Evans on the left, Nazeer Allie on the right, Clayton Daniels, Terror Fanteni, Sameehg Doutie, Lebogang Manyama, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Thato Mokeke.

“We missed out on the championship unfortunately, but I think he made a good name for himself in South Africa.

“The reason for him being so successful in South Africa is firstly because he understands the game and how to teach players, his fitness awareness and expertise was also something new – not just on the field, but in the gym which made the players much fitter and better.

“Foppe also I think is one of the few coaches from outside South Africa that came here and never complained, he was always looking at the positives and looking at ways to better the players that’s why I think he made such a great impression in South Africa.”