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CAPE TOWN CITY boss John Comi­tis spent the week­end sift­ing through around 35 coach­ing CVs. After the de­par­ture of Eric Tin­kler to Su­perS­port United last week, he knows he needs to find a coach who will last longer than a year.

It’s no se­cret that the Cape PSL club has al­ready had a meet­ing with Dutch­man Ruud Krol about the po­si­tion, while Benni McCarthy’s name has even been men­tioned in dis­patches.

City are set to an­nounce the name of their new coach this week, but Comi­tis is play­ing his cards very close to his chest.

“I know Krol from his time as an as­sis­tant­coach at Ajax Am­s­ter­dam and he won the tre­ble with Or­lando Pi­rates, so he has the qual­ity,” said the City boss.

“But I wanted to go through ev­ery CV I re­ceived be­cause you never know what could pop up. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t miss­ing any­thing.

“I don’t want to make too hasty a de­ci­sion. I’ve got ex­pe­ri­ence of this from my many years in the game. Be­lieve me, you don’t want to rush into it.

“From my per­spec­tive, I have to make sure that I make the right de­ci­sion. It’s easy to ap­point a coach, but the prob­lem arises when things get tough.

“Then the ques­tions come: Does he have the tem­per­a­ment? Can he han­dle the pres­sure? Does he have so­lu­tions? I have to be able to count on the coach, so I want to make sure that I do the right thing.”

Comi­tis, though, did con­firm a few of the names on the CVs in his pos­ses­sion. For those think­ing of McCarthy, the name to note is, in fact, Chris O’Lough­lin, who is among the ap­pli­cants.

McCarthy was O’Lough­lin’s as­sis­tant when the duo was in charge of Bel­gian top di­vi­sion side, Sint-Truiden.

Oth­ers in­clude for­mer Ar­gentina striker Gabriel Batis­tuta, ex-Italy de­fender Clau­dio Gen­tile and even, be­lieve it or not, 71-year-old Paul Dolezar, a for­mer coach of Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sun­downs, Bloem­fontein Celtic, Black Leop­ards and Mpumalanga Black Aces.

Mean­while, in the other half of the Mother City, Ajax Cape Town gave some in­sight into what to ex­pect next sea­son with the sign­ing of striker Sed­wyn Ge­orge and the pro­mo­tion of highly-tal­ented teenager Leo Thetani from the youth academy.

Mar­itzburg-born Ge­orge was the top-scorer with 20 goals for Royal Ea­gles in the NFD last sea­son.

The 25-year-old ar­rived in Parow to put pen to pa­per at the week­end and said: “I’ve heard of Ajax Cape Town’s fa­cil­i­ties and to see it for the first time I thought ‘wow I’m over­seas here’.

“Grow­ing up, I’ve al­ways wanted to play for Ajax be­cause I know it is a club that has a good struc­ture, and this is a place where I can grow as a player, work on my tech­nique and de­velop even fur­ther.”

Thetani, just 18, has long been touted as a young­ster who will take the PSL by storm. Two weeks ago, he was named as Player of the Tour­na­ment when the young Ajax squad played in an event in Ter­borg in the Nether­lands.

“It feels great, awe­some... I just got back from the Nether­lands and here I am sign­ing a PSL con­tract, what a great feel­ing,” said Thethani.

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