Tue, 15 Jun 2021

Cape Town - GladAfrica Championship side Ajax Cape Town were thrown into chaos following the bombshell news that head coach Andries Ulderink had resigned with immediate effect.

With the Cape side leading the race for promotion to the Absa Premiership - with 10 games of the season remaining - the news of Ulderink's departure couldn't have come at a worse time.

The 50-year-old had threatened to resign if the current suspension of Technical Director, Hans Vonk, "for serious misconduct" wasn't lifted by CEO Ari Efstathiou who decided to instead accept his resignation after refusing to be "blackmailed".

"It is extremely disappointing that the coach made the decision to resign based on Vonk's suspension," Efstathiou said.

"Vonk's suspension has no bearing on the job of the Head Coach. More disappointing however, is the timing of his announcement. This is a critical time for the club as it is fighting to win promotion to the PSL."

Sport24 can now reveal the reason behind Vonk's suspension - and the cause of all of Ajax's current turmoil - is because of a serious bust-up with Ajax U-16 head coach Rowen Hendricks.

Vonk reportedly had an exchange of words with Hendricks following a disagreement that turned into a physical altercation after the former goalkeeper struck Hendricks.

Hendricks is a former Ajax Cape Town midfielder who had spells in Russia with FC Rostov and Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Ajax Amsterdam shared their frustration in the latest of a series of controversies at the Urban Warriors that has strained the relationship between the two clubs.

"As a major shareholder, we are dissatisfied with the recent developments and what has been communicated by Ajax Cape Town.

"In our view, Andries Ulderink and Hans Vonk were doing an excellent job," an Ajax Amsterdam spokesperson said.

There has been no decision made yet on whether he will be charged or not and whether he will face a disciplinary enquiry.

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