American goalkeeper Morgan Cathey says the experience of playing regularly at First Division Coastal Stream leaders Ikapa Sporting has been a tough experience after having spent virtually the whole of last season alternating between the bench and the stands.
Cathey, on a season-long loan at Ikapa from Ajax, has played all games for Ikapa since the season started.
"It feels good that I have played in all the games to date, but I have to admit that it hasn't been easy," says Cathey, who started just two leagues games for Ajax last season.
"It has been tough making the transition from the PSL to the First Division. Here at Ikapa, we train even more than we did at Ajax, so you have to understand what I mean. And in this league there is just no respect from anyone as you will always go into matches with an idea about what to expect from the opponent.
"The game is played at a frenetic pace and the opponent will just shoot from anywhere. You always have to be ready, otherwise you will be caught by so many surprises. But I am enjoying the experience because it is building me towards being a better player. The league might be different, but the experience of playing is soul-satisfying," says Cathey.
The 24-year-old arrived at Ajax at the beginning of last season from the US, but saw little game time as Hans Vonk was first choice at the Urban Warriors.