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Football | South Africa

Eduardo Ferreira © Gallo Images

Ferreira told to 'get his act together'



Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral has lashed out at Eduardo Ferreira labelling the defender "unprofessional" and demanding that he "get his act together".

The Brazilian was suspended by the club on Wednesday after failing to pitch up for training.

"The circumstances in which he left us [and the fact that he] didn't come to training sessions was totally unprofessional, unacceptable and players cannot behave like that," said Ertugral.

"He must get his act together and he should go to his teammates and apologise."

Ajax gave Ferreira permission to sign a pre-contract with Mamelodi Sundowns, which would have seen him stay with the Urban Warriors until December before joining the Brazilians in 2010.

But as soon as the deal was concluded, the 25-year-old did not show for training and subsequently missed the 2-1 MTN8 victory over Orlando Pirates on Wednesday night.

Ajax then called off the deal and suspended the centre-back.

"He committed himself mentally and also maybe physically to leaving," adds Ertugral.

"The club has done everything to get him the Sundowns deal and it was very clear that after four months he could leave. There is a certain greed in him which only he can speak about but from a coaching viewpoint, we went there and [beat Pirates] without him."

Ferreira is the second player Ajax have suspended in a fortnight. Nhlanhla Kubeka was also suspended after he released details about his spat with the coach on national radio and missed training.

Ertugral is furious with both players for their lack of professionalism.

The Turkish-born mentor added: "We must stop this nonsense now because this is a professional business.

"It's not weekend football where you come together and have a glass of beer. They are not earning small money any more in this country.

"They earn [the same as] doctors and engineers and they have to provide for that discipline. We must stop this nonsense of pampering them."

Although Ferreira arrived at the club's Ikamva headquarters on Friday afternoon, it is uncertain whether he will feature in the league opener against Pirates on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ajax have completed the signing of Ivory Coast midfielder Mohammed Diallo and striker Aboubacar Fofana of Guinea.

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