Move pays dividends for Rodgers

Eleazar Rodgers and Toriq Losper of Ajax Cape Town celebrate after scoring during the Absa Premiership match between Ajax Cape Town and Maritzburg United at Cape Town Stadium on December 06, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Luigi Bennett/Gallo Images)

Ajax Cape Town striker Eleazar Rodgers’ move to Cape Town is now paying off.

Rodgers joined the Cape Town side on a season-long loan from Mamelodi Sundowns after a mediocre performance and being deemed surplus to requirements by coach Pitso Mosimane.

The 28-year-old striker has put in solid displays since joining the Urban Warriors and coach Muhsin Ertugral has lauded his commitment to the club. Rodgers has scored in the previous two games.

After nine appearances, Rodgers registered his name on the scoresheet in the team’s 2-1 win over SuperSport United.

Rogers said the belief from his team-mates motivated him until he made the breakthrough.

“It’s a good feeling,” Rodgers said. “Feeling relieved, you know as a striker you want to score goals. After eight to nine games you start to wonder, are you good enough to score?

“But I never doubted myself, I always stayed positive and knew the coach believed in me. My team-mates also believe in me and I’m very happy to be finally scoring goals for the team.”

Rodgers also put in another heroic display in another Ajax win – a 3-1 victory over Maritzburg United when he scored with his heel to give Ajax an early lead.

The towering striker, who has two Bafana Bafana caps, he is improving his game and the fact that he now understands the coach’s philosophy better makes his performances stand out.

“I’m not going to put pressure on myself and I promise a lot of goals,” said Rodgers.

“You can definitely expect more from me. I know my abilities and I’m obviously improving in terms of how the coach wants me to play.

“I’m now starting to understand my team-mates more and how the coach wants me to move and to get into those goalscoring positions.”

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