Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral happy with the progress Sedwyn George is making


George joined the Urban Warriors from Royal Eagles last season while they were campaigning in the Absa Premiership, but was unable to get regular game-time to prove himself in the topflight. He made just 10 appearances in all competitions, but did not feature at all in the second half of the season.

George, according to Ertugral, has been doing well in training and also impressed when he was brought on as a substitute in the 2-1 victory over Maccabi this past weekend.

“It has been hard for Sedwyn. I could not see that talent in training sessions. I must say he took his chance very well, in the last two, three weeks he seems to be in higher spirits and scores in training sessions,” Ertugral told the Ajax website after the game.

“He is very positive, like Thabo [Mosadi] as well, so that results in him being in the line-up. So we need to praise them for what they do in training as I am always a coach that really gives someone a chance if they work really hard, I will give them the chance.”

Ertugral also gave his thoughts on the victory over Maccabi, their third of the season after five matches. The Urban Warriors are second on the table, just a point behind leaders Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

“I would not say it was very difficult, for 60 minutes we dominated the game, we conceded a goal which was a result of a chain of mistakes. Rodrick attempted something he could not pull off and then an experienced defender in Sibusiso tried something he shouldn’t, then the defence had to go backwards and the goalkeeper was exposed. It was a chain of mistakes.

“Then suddenly we were on the back foot, but the attitude was good, our will to come back was very good. 

“We changed the system during the game and we clicked. Generally I am not happy about the midfield, we need to look within ourselves to see what we can do better as we could not find the pockets and deliver the right passes. So generally we have a lot of work to do in the midfield.”