Pruijn wants to take over as head coach of Ajax Cape Town

Ajax Cape Town’s interim coach believes he is a strong candidate for the vacant Head Coach position at the Urban Warriors

Jan Pruijn claimed he was interested in the Ajax Cape Town head coach position on Tuesday and feels he is ready to take the reins of the Cape Town side.

Pruijn believes he has shown a hunger for success and wants to instil a fighting spirit into the Ajax side, if the club decides to give him the job. He is confident he can be more than just an assistant coach and wants to take full responsibility.

Pruijn told reporters at a pre-match press conference, “I can do the job.”

“I have been here for three years now in my second stint and I know the system, the players and what is expected of this team.

Ajax is expected to complete a deal with Jan Versleijen, who has been coaching Australia’s U/20 side for the last three years. However, Pruijn’s statements may throw a spanner in the works.

Pruijn has been Technical Director at Ikamva for two separate stints, in 2008 and 2011. He was a part of Maarten Stekelenburg’s technical team and his knowledge of the Urban Warriors squad and their potential will stand him in good stead.   

“Last week I said that I am ready to take the reins at the club and my story is same this week.  If the right opportunity presents itself I will have to do what is best for me and my family,” Pruijn continued.

“I know my place at Ajax Cape Town and the club knows of my ambition.  I consider myself as a serious candidate and I will have to look at all options available.”

Ajax has played two games under Pruijn and Wilfred Mugeyi since the departure of Maarten Stekelenburg, beating AmaZulu 1-0 in a league clash and losing against Supersport in the Telkom Knockout.