Ajax Cape Town Bayhill Premier Cup head coach ,Vladislav Heric, has explained his decision to convert Sonwabile Mfecane into a striker for the tournament at Erica Park in Belhar.
Normally deployed in midfield, Mfecane started the 4-0 win over Stephanians Ottery in he number nine position, with Leo Thethani and Juanito Manuel either side of the talented Mfecane, in what was a three-pronged attack.
Mfecane missed a glorious chance early on, but was able to calm some nerves as he found the back of the net in the second stanza.
“As you can see, we had to make that call because we have no out-and-out striker, so we made that call to play Sonwabile as a striker,” said Heric.
“He had very little time to adjust, in a very short period of time we converted him to a striker – I only gave him three weeks which is not enough time or for midfielders to recognize him in the box.
Heric continued: “But, as they play together…they will get used to it and the supply wasn’t too bad to be honest. But also, the field played a big part in my team missing several chances today [Thursday].
“Following his miss in the first half I called him aside to give him back some confidence, and I am glad he got his confidence back by scoring a goal int he second half, and I think that will help him settle a bit more.
“The players performance will get better as we progress, I am sure,” he concluded.
The 17-year-old Mfecane earlier this year spent three weeks on trial at Ajax Amsterdam.