Mario Booysen ready to fill Coetzee’s boots

Experienced defender Mario Booysen says he is ready to step into the boots of Rivaldo Coetzee at Ajax Cape Town.

Booysen has returned to Ajax as part of a cash plus player deal that saw Bafana Bafana international Coetzee leave for Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of last month.

Booysen says he can add experience and know-how to what is a young Ajax group and says he is ready to work hard to ensure the club meets its aims this season.

“Rivaldo did really well for Ajax Cape Town, applied himself well and I wish him all the best at Mamelodi Sundowns,” Booysen told his club’s website.

“Yes, I do bring experience, we have different qualities, but for me at the end of the day it is about the team and to help the team. I come here as a leader, but I also want to learn from my fellow teammates and I feel that the quicker we adapt to one-another the better for the team. It is all about getting the results at the end of the day.

“For me it is about giving advice in the right way and helping the youngsters around me. The senior guys have to stand together and lift the team. Not a good start to the [season], but all is not lost and there is still a very long way to go.”

Booysen played a handful of matches for Ajax before leaving for SuperSport United in 2011, and later having spells with Sundowns and Maritzburg United.

“It feels good to be back, not a lot has changed to be honest and a lot of people that were here when I left are still working here which makes it easier to settle in,” the 29-year-old says.

“What is different is that I am more experienced, I left as a youngster, but I do know the system and the Ajax Cape Town family very well. I played for the club’s development teams for six, seven years and I know the setup.”