By Colleen Tafireyi
SOUTH African premier league runners-up for the 2003-4 season Ajax Cape Town announced on Tuesday the appointment of former Black Rhinos and Dynamos bustling striker
Ian Gorowa as the new assistant coach to Gordon Igesund.
“I was actually surprised when Gordon and John Comitis approached me. I was not expecting it, but it is fantastic news for me as it shows that they have confidence in my ability as a coach,” Gorowa told the official club newsletter Ajax News, in response to questions sent by IndependentSport.
Gorowa added that he was stepping into a big challenge. “It will be a great challenge. Ajax is a big club with lots of expectations and I aim to help them achieve their goals,” said Gorowa.
“Working with Gordon is a brilliant opportunity for me. He has achieved everything a PSL (Premier Soccer League) manager possibly can and I look forward to learning from him.”
Asked whether he had ambitions of being the coach of a PSL team, Gorowa replied: “I am still too young for a coach and have many years ahead of me. For now I am just going to focus on my job and learn as much as possible from being in a professional set-up like Ajax have.”
Igesund, who is famous for winning three titles at three different teams, says that he is looking forward to working with Gorowa.
“I am very pleased to have Ian as my assistant. I interviewed a number of candidates and both John Comitis and I agreed that Ian stood out as the best man for the job,” said Igesund.
“We will always try and promote one of our own when possible when there is a position that needs to be filled at the club. The bonus of this is that the new person coming into the job will already have an intimate knowledge of the Ajax system and principles.
“I feel that he is just the right kind of person to work with me and I look forward to forming a great team with Gorowa.”
The position of assistant coach became vacant after Cavin Johnson was moved to head of youth development.
A number Zimbabweans, including former Warriors coach Roy Barreto, have in recent years made names in South African coaching circles.
Gorowa, who has been with the South African giants’ junior teams, was a striker with Cape Town Spurs before the club merged with Seven Stars to form Ajax Cape Town. He however prematurely ended his career as result of a knee injury.