Cape Town City Chairman John Comitis says that AmaZulu assistant coach Vasili Manousakis was a very intelligent player in his day, and it gave him confidence in believing he would make a good coach.
Manousakis re-united with AmaZulu head coach Benni McCarthy in January, but it was at City, where he sat on the bench for thee years, that he made his mark as a coach.
He replaced Ian Taylor as McCarthy’s assistant at the end of 2017, and when Jan Olde Riekerink came in at the end of 2019, he continued in the role until making the move to Durban.
Manousakis and Comitis have a long history together, and while Manousakis never played professional football, he came close to signing contracts with pro teams, including Ajax when Comitis was in charge.
Considering their relationship it made Manousakis’ decision to leave City a tough one, and while he was disappointed to lose him, Comitis believes Manousakis will be successful.
““He was actually a very intelligent football player, and extremely skilful,” Comitis told iDiski Times.
“And the way he understood the game gave me the confidence to say that he could coach because he saw the game in a certain way.”
“And you know, once you see a game in a certain way, and you play it in a certain way, then you know, you can you can coach the game, you can understand it. You know 90% of the game is on Match Day – to read the game, to understand it, to see, and to be able to select a balanced team.”
“And so at the end of the day, I think he’s got he’s got a lot of ability, Vasili, and I think he’ll do well in the future.”