Ajax Cape Town have announced that Mich D’Avray will be joining their technical team from next season.
The move will see the 54-year-old return to Cape Town where he had his first success as a coach with Cape Town Spurs.
With Roger de Sa (Head Coach PSL), Stanley Menzo (Head of Youth) and Vladislav Heric (Head Coach MDC and ABC Motsepe) already at the club, D’Avray will bring in vast international and local expertise to the club.
“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. 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,” commented CEO Ari Efstathiou.
D’Avray’s playing career started in England as a striker at the tender age of 17 completing 218 appearances for Ipswich Town. He finished of his playing career in NEC Nijmegen in Holland in 1991. During his early career he also represented England at U21 level.
His coaching career started at Moroka Swallows in 1992 and then to Cape Town Spurs where he won the double in the 94/95 season. He was coach of the South African U23 squad for 4 years before leaving South Africa to take over the reins at Perth Glory in Australia. He won the league with Perth Glory in 2003 and 2004 after which he was asked to take over the technical director position at the club. He returned to South Africa in 2008 and spent 6 years at Bloemfontein Celtic.
D’Avray will assist Roger de Sa on and off the field and will serve on the clubs Technical Team. He will also be involved in the establishment of “a soon to be announced” expansion plan for a national footprint of the successful Ajax Academy.
“The club’s vision of consistently achieving success, including winning the league, required that I beef up the team around me. I feel by bringing in Mich, I have further strengthened the technical department which will enable the club to compete at the highest level,” responded Roger de Sa.
“I am delighted to be coming ‘home’ to Cape Town. 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,” commented an audibly excited Mich D’Avray from Perth, Australia.