Ajax connection brings City owner and coach back together again

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Ajax connection brings City owner and coach back together again

Newly appointed head coach of Cape Town City Jan Olde Riekerink with club owner John Comitis before the Absa Premiership 2019/20 game between Cape Town City and Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium on 6 November 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

John Comitis made good on a long-standing promise when he hired Jan Olde Riekerink to take the reins at Cape Town City.

Comitis and Riekerink go back a long way, to the late 1990s/early 2000’s when Comitis was at Ajax Cape Town and Riekerink was coach at Ajax Amsterdam. “We had a good relationship, I said to him back then, tongue-incheek, that one day he was going to coach my team, and I called him on Monday, and he said he would do it!” said Comitis, now the Cape Town City chairman. The 56 year-old Riekerink has had a well-travelled coaching career, that has lasted almost 25 years, taking him from his native Holland to Belgium, Portugal, the Ukraine, China and Turkey....


 


 


 

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