Erehaag keeps Ajax and Excelsior Maassluis busy: ‘I got tears in my eyes’

After the cup duel between Ajax and Excelsior Maassluis, it was a lot about the honor hedge for Devin Plank. The twenty-year-old attacker is not really impressed by it himself, but that does not apply to Ajax coach Erik ten Hag and Maassluis trainer Dogan Corneille.
Plank contracted a malignant tumor less than a year ago, but he has now been improving. The striker is once again part of the Excelsior Maassluis selection and will soon hear if it is completely clean. Trainer Corneille gave Plank a short raid and that earned him an honorary hedge of all players on the field. โ€œI‘m glad I was allowed to fill in for a while,โ€ Plank responds at ESPN, after which he talks about the honour hedge. โ€œI’m still pretty sober under it, maybe it‘s coming tomorrow. It was a great moment. Well arranged, fun.โ€
Plank’
s story and the action impressed Ten Hag a lot. โ€œWe were aware of it,โ€ says the Ajax coach about the situation. โ€œOf course, it‘s special, a very nice tribute. It was definitely a heart under the belt too. This boy has had to suffer, went deep and braked back. It’s wonderful that he can be back on the football field with his mates.โ€
Excelsior Maassluis trainer Corneille even became emotional because of the tribute. โ€œI got tears in my eyes, that‘s impossible to explain. That’s so terribly beautiful to see, that boy gets that moment. I also thought it was a wonderful gesture from Ajax, that they cooperated. We appreciate that enormously. Of course, this is what life is really about. Football is just a game then. It has been so wholeheartedly awarded to him.โ€

๐Ÿ˜ Devin Plank looks at the honor hedge with a big smile afterwards.โ€ It was a great momentโ€ pic.twitter.com/UFC1lbMmY6
โ€” ESPN NL (@ESPNnl) January 20, 2022