July 14, 2024

Ajax Cape Town legend advice to Cape Town Spurs

CAPE TOWN – Ajax Cape Town legend Brent Carelse has called on Cape Town Spurs players to change the results situation at the club.

Carelse who made over one hundred appearances for the Urban Warriors says no matter which coach Spurs bring, players need to take responsibility for bringing the results.

Spurs are currently sitting at the bottom of the DStv Premiership log having lost 11 matches, winning just one.

“So for me, if I must be honest, from the outside looking in, it doesn’t look very good. So regardless of what coach they bring in, I think what needs to change is definitely obviously the results first,” said Carelse.

“But I think the players, they are the ones that need to try and push this or stay in the league. So they are the ones that are going to literally lift up the club, I don’t think it’s a coach.

“Look, I don’t think they went too vigorously into the market, especially with the players that [Shaun] Bartlett wanted. I think he wanted 24, 25-year-olds in that age group, basically, to play regularly week in, week out.

“But I think the club, they didn’t buy any players. Let’s be honest, they didn’t buy any quality players. And the players they did get in haven’t made a real difference yet.”

Last week the Ikamva based side revealed Ernst Middendorp as the club’s new head coach.

Middendorp takes the baton that was left by Bartlett forward after he was fired last month.

Carelse hopes Middendorp can turn things around but has questioned the club’s culture of signing the players.

“Cape Town is a different kind of place with a different flair of football, unlike other places in the country. I think, maybe it will suit him,” he said.

“I think it will suit him also well in a way because Cape Town is known for a little bit of direct football, more European style than anything else. So maybe that will work in his favour.

“But as I said, Cape Town Spurs, where they are now, and obviously the club they were before Ajax, they believed a lot in youth players. I don’t get the same feeling anymore.”

The 42-year-old Westbury born adds that the club and players need to do introspection.

“When they talk about buying players or getting players in with quality, I think they mean players that can sort of accommodate those young players,” he adds.

“The problem is now those young players are not playing. And the players that are playing are not performing the way they should.

“And there are experienced players, I’m not blaming them, but I’m saying the players need to sort of lift the club out of where it is, not the coach and that is not happening.”


Image: @brentcarelse/ Twitter

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