Ajax Cape Town FChttp://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htmAjax Cape Town Football Club Latest NewsenCup success a great achievement - Davids<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Metropolitan Premier Cup winning coach, Maahier Davids is a proud of the achievements of his team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Maahier Davids stood tall after leading the wild celebrations as the final whistle signalled the end of the Metropolitan Premier Cup final, crowning his team champions for the second successive year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Davids is no stranger to success on and off the field.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During his playing days he accumulated a number of awards and titles in the famous jersey of Ajax Cape Town.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Maahier was part of the Ajax Cape Town team that won the 2003, Cape Fish Processors Championship and the 2004 Metropolitan Premier Cup Championship.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2003, Davids was selected the Metropolitan Premier Cup, Player of the Tournament.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As a coach, Maahier added the 2012 and 2013 Engen Knockout Challenge Championship titles to his list of honours.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But top of his list of honours list has to be the 2013 Copa Amsterdam Championships where Ajax Cape Town beat-off a number of top European U19 teams to the take the title.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Davids has been coaching at Ajax Cape Town since 2012 and this season he is tasked with nurturing the next generation Ajax Cape Town players destined for the professional ranks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Davids said, &ldquo;This is a great achievement for the club and this team.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;Winning this title augments Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s reputation as the best Youth Academy in South Africa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This team proved everyone wrong this weekend. We were not the favourites to win this tournament but hard work and dedication from the players paid-off. Our policy of playing in major local and European tournaments has paid off.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We had a young squad at the Metropolitan Premier Cup with many of the players in their second year at this tournament and we included some talented U15 players in our squad after they excelled during the Nike Tournament last year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All the players who have been selected for our Metropolitan Premier Cup squad have played in top tournaments at home and in Europe; last year&rsquo;s Metropolitan Premier Cup, the Engen Knockout Challenge, the Nike Tournament, the Future Cup in Amsterdam and the Copa Amsterdam.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The experience gained playing at a higher level in local football and in tournaments overseas has enhanced the skills and the mentality of these players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This is the best U19 tournament in the country and by winning the title for the second year in a row is proof that all the coaching at Ikamva is progressing in the right direction.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town has won the Metropolitan Premier Cup six times.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3301Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:42:00 +0200Rivaldo aiming for more game time<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Rivaldo Coetzee is making a name for himself in local football and at only 17 years old the youngster continues confound his detractors by putting in good performances at PSL and U19 level.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Friday evening Coetzee was part of the Ajax Cape Town team that played against Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium, playing a crucial role in the Ajax back-four despite the loss.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Saturday afternoon he arrived at Erica Park, Belhar with the Ajax Cape Town U19 team to take his place in the starting line-up against Supersport United in the U19 Metropolitan Premier Cup.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Coetzee was initially released from PSL for the Metropolitan Premier Cup. Roger De Sa made the announcement at the post-match press conference after the game against Golden Arrows on Wednesday April 08.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>However, the Ajax coach was forced to include the Rivaldo after Keagan Dolly was excluded from the Ajax squad due to a minor injury that he picked up against Golden Arrows.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the game against Arrows De Sa said, &ldquo;What do we still have to say about Rivaldo, that kid is just 17 years old and he put in another quality performance against quality players? He continues to improve with every game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite his age, he is showing match intelligence beyond his years.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite all the praise, Rivaldo remains down to earth and focused on his next game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Coetzee said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not always easy out there, during my PSL debut my teammates helped me throughout the game. They spoke to me all the time and that helped.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Even though I have played a few games in the PSL, I am still learning.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa is always giving us (the youngsters) advice; encouraging us to do well and to train hard.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>By giving us game time, he is showing confidence in the young players and that inspires me to do well every time that I play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My aim is to impress the coach and get as much game time as possible.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rivaldo Coetzee Stats:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Was born in Kakamas, Northern Cape</div> <div>Played for Kakamas Sundowns when he was selected for the U17 National team</div> <div>Was scouted at a national tournament and invited to Ikamva.</div> <div>Was invited to train with Ajax Amsterdam in January 2014.</div> <div>Made 5 PSL League appearances this season</div> <div>He has six National Caps to his name at U17 and U20 levels.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Honours:</div> <div>2011 Engen Knockout Challenge Champion</div> <div>2012 Engen Knockout Challenge Champion</div> <div>2013 Engen Knockout Challenge Champion</div> <div>2013 Engen Knockout Defender of the Tournament&nbsp;</div> <div>2013 Metropolitan Premier Cup Champion</div> <div>2013 Copa Amsterdam Champion</div> <div>2013 U20 COSAFA Cup Champion&nbsp;</div> <p>2014 Metropolitan Premier Cup Champion&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3300Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:11:00 +02002014 Metropolitan Premier Cup Champions<div>Ajax Cape Town is the 2014 Metropolitan Premier Cup Champions.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in this year&rsquo;s final played at Erica Park, Belhar on Monday afternoon.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>An early goal scored by Charlton Basson in the 7th minute clinched the title for Ajax Cape Town.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax successfully defended their title won last year; the Urban Warriors have now won the Metropolitan Premier Cup six times.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was an evenly contested affair; Sundowns used a long ball down the flanks in order to get behind the Ajax defence while the Urban Warriors played their football on the ground, putting a number of passes together in order to launch their offensive.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Basson netted for Ajax in the opening stanza after he broke clear of his marker, unleashing a shot that curled in at the far post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sundowns almost conceded again minutes later when Ziyaad Eksteen&rsquo;s free-kick was parried by the Sundowns keeper into the path of Anthony Gordinho but he fired his shot over the cross bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town continued to press forward however Sundowns was content to soak-up the pressure.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Basson, Eksteen and Jacobus enjoyed much of the attacking play with the Ajax midfielders in support. A congested midfield ensured that the tackles flew in thick and fast however the match official kept the players in check.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the halftime break Sundown&rsquo;s took the game to Ajax in search of an equalizer, but the Urban Warriors tacked in packs in order to win the ball. The ploy worked as the Downs players were crowded off the ball and when they did break through; the Ajax defence of Sasman, Ceres, Swartz and February held firm to deny the Pretorians.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sundowns applied pressure and won consecutive corners but February was equal to the task and collected the ball on each occasion before setting-up the Ajax counter-attack.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the closing minutes of the game Claasen played a defence splitting pass to Eksteen who in-turn played Basson into space but the Ajax striker pulled his shot wide of the Downs goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The match official played 2 minutes extra time before his final whistle signalled the celebrations by the Ajax bench and their supporters.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3299Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:01:00 +0200Ajax beat ASD to set-up a Downs final<p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town and ASD Academy resumed their group stage rivalry when they met again in the 2014 Metropolitan Premier Cup semi-final.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Urban Warriors got off to a bright start; the game played at a frantic pace excited the crowd.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Both sets of midfielders worked their socks-off in order to win possession of the ball.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax enjoyed most of the possession in the first half as the pinned ASD in their own half for long periods. ASD broke clear on two occasions only to be pulled-up for an offside offence.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Justin Jacobus delighted the home crowd when he scored in the third minute of the game to give Ajax a 1-0 lead.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax, buoyed by the goal took the game to ASD, Olwethu Nguye almost broke through the middle of the park after Rivaldo released him with a long ball forward however two ASD defenders crowded him off the ball to avert the danger.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Minutes later Nguye sent Jacobus clear with a well-weighted pass but the Ajax striker fired his shot just wide.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">ASD came back strong in the second half in search of an equaliser.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The intensity of the game increased as the ASD players realised that time was running out.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town created the best scoring chances but their strikers final shot did not find the target.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">In the closing stages of the game, the linesman called the referee&rsquo;s attention to an off-the-ball incident that resulted in Keethan Claasen receiving treatment on the field while the match officials discussed the incident.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">To the surprise of the many Urban Warriors at Erica Park the referee red-carded the Ajax captain, Rivaldo Coetzee and an ASD player.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Both teams finished the game with 10 men.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>Ajax Cape Town plays Mamelodi Sundowns in the Winners section final at 15h00 on Monday 21, 2014.&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3298Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0200Ajax in Premier Cup Semi's<p>Ajax Cape Town progressed to the semi-final of the 2014 Metropolitan Premier Cup.</p> <p>The Urban Warriors beat Santos 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the game finished in a 1-all draw after extra time.</p> <p>Ajax Cape Town were drawn to play ASD Academy in the winners section semi-final.</p> <p>The game is scheduled for Sunday 20 April with kick-off at 19h15.</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3297Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:37:00 +0200Ajax pip Supersport<div>Ajax Cape Town scored a late winner against Supersport United in the 2014 Metropolitan Premier Cup to progress to the quarter-finals of the winners section.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors welcomed back captain Rivaldo Coetzee to the starting line-up after the youngster was included in the PSL squad to face Maritzburg United on Friday evening in Durban.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Coetzee added much needed experience to the Ajax defence allowing Yagan Sasman space to into an attacking position.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was a tough battle between the two sets of midfield players with neither giving, nor asking for an inch. Olwethu Nguye found himself in the thick of the action throughout the game, forcing his substitution halfway through the first half, Nguye was replaced by Basson.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town offensive pinned Supersport into their own half for long periods, however a robust defence kept their score-sheet clean.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The second half was punctuated with free-kicks for both teams with the Supersport keeper kept the busier of the two teams.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With time running-out and the fans settling for extra-time, Supersport conceded a free-kick on the edge of their penalty area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jacobus floated a cross at the far post and Gordinho connected with the faintest of touches to guide the ball in at the far post. At first the players did not realise that the ball was in the back of the net, however on closer inspection the goal was confirmed when the match official pointed to the centre-spot.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The match official&rsquo;s whistle signalled wild delight from amongst the Ajax bench and substitutes as Ajax Cape Town ran-out 1-0 winners.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors will face their cross town rivals, Santos in the winners section Quarter-Final at 11h30 on Sunday 20 April 2014.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3296Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:20:00 +0200Beau West hold AjaxCT at Erica Park<div>Ajax Cape Town drew 1-1 against a resilient beau West City team at Erica Park on Saturday morning.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors needed a win to top the group after drawing 0-0 against ASD Academy academy on Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The urban Warriors suffered an early set back when they conceded an early goal when a long ball forward found Bradley Okkers on the left flank, he evaded a tackled before slotting the ball past the Ajax keeper, Jody February to give City the a 1-0 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax pressed forward in search of an equalizer but they were stopped in their tracks by the efforts of the City keeper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax bench responded immediately making a triple change with Nguye, Eksteen and Jacobus in place of Britz, Pholongo and Mateza.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The changes spurred Ajax forward with Jacobus and Eksteen causing problems for their markers on the flanks. The City keeper continued to frustrate the Ajax strikers, first he got down low to make the save off Eksteen, and then he blocked Jacobus shot with his feet injuring himself in the process.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Ajax scored the equaliser when Dillon Fransch rose above the City defence to head the ball into the net (1-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the restart Ajax won the ball in midfield and Nguye played a great through pass to release Jacobus, the Ajax striker lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper only to see his goal attempt go agonisingly wide.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax continued to pile on the pressure and the ploy paid-off when City conceded a penalty. Ziyaad Eksteen stepped up to the spot but once again the City keeper pulled off the save to keep his team in the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the closing stages, Yagan Sasman headed wide from close range, the game ended in a 1 - all draw.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town finished second in Group A and will play either Supersport United or Berea Albion at 17h00 on the A field in the knock out stage.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3295Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:01:00 +0200Second half brace sinks Ajax<div>Maritzburg United scored two second half goals to secure a home win against Ajax Cape Town at the Harry Gala Stadium on Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors enjoyed much of the possession in the first half however they could convert the chances into goals and when they did the United defenders blocked the Ajax shots at goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Morris, Rodgers and Mubarak combination opened up the United defence in the 3rd minute, Mobara played Morris into space but the Ajax striker slipped at the crucial moment allowing the UT defence to clear the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Eleazer Rodgers knocked the ball into Morris&rsquo;s path however he could not get power into his shot and Walters made the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax took the game to the home side with Carl Lark getting his shot on target but for the efforts of Mario Booysen who made the block.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With United gaining ground Ajax Cape Town were forced to defend for a while with Reece Evans taking the game to Ajax, attacking the by-line before firing a cross at the far post. Anssi Jaakkola rose high above the defenders to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 18th minute of the first half Tasreeq Morris&rsquo;s cross found Rodgers but he could not direct his header at the goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game swung to the other end with a good passage of play by Maritzburg, Isaacs met a flick-on into the Ajax penalty area he fired wide then a United free kick found Awal. &nbsp;Anssi was well positioned to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Allie, Rivaldo combination continued to thwart Mandaza, Jayiya and Isaacs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Michael Morton was shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Mobara as the two tussled for the ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax finished the first half stronger, Losper fired over the bar then Scott won the ball just outside the box but he fired straight at Walters.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United came closest to scoring when Jayiya made space on the right and put his cross onto the head of Vilakazi only for the later to place his attempt wide of the Ajax goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Maritzburg scored within minutes after the restart when Isaacs headed the ball into the path of Jayiya who volleyed the ball into the back of the net to give Maritzburg a 1 -0 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Van De Laak replaced Losper as Ajax went in search of an equaliser. Ajax pressed forward with Mobara on the left flank, Rodgers ran onto his cross but the pace of the ball took it beyond the Ajax striker.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game swung to the other end with the United offensive players running at the Ajax back-line. Their game-plan paid off when Morton broke through between Allie and Coetzee, Allie brought down the United midfielder to concede a penalty.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Morton scored to double the score in favour of United (2-0)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax fought back forcing Walters into action at every opportunity, the United keeper made a double save after vd Laak fired on target from range then Morris run onto the loose ball but Walters smothered the ball before the Ajax striker could connect.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Morris put a pin-point cross onto the head of Eleazar Rogers in front of goal, the Ajax striker met the ball with great power only to see Walters pull-off the save-of-the-day, parrying the ball over the bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other end, Anssi Jaakkola pulled off another great save when he closed the angle and blocked Mandaza&rsquo;s shot at goal with his legs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United held onto their lead to move within a point of Ajax Cape Town on the PSL log standings.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3294Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0200Ajax beat School of Excellence<p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Metropolitan Premier Cup campaign got off to a great start at the Erica Park Sports complex in Belhar on Thursday evening.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Urban Warriors beat the School of Excellence 2-0 in their first group stage game of the tournament.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The game got off to a bright start with both teams playing at a fast pace. Intense tackles coupled with quick breaks on the counter kept the players on their toes. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The School of Excellence used the long diagonal ball to the opposite flank in order to get past the Ajax back four. This game-plan did not work as Yagan Sasman marshalled his teammates well, keeping the School of Excellence offensive in check.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax gave an indication of what was to come when Charlton Basson, playing on the Ajax left flank broke through to land a pin-point cross to Ziyaad Exsteen. Eksteen fired at goal on the volley but the School of Excellence keeper was in position to make the save.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Minutes later Bassoon was sent clear of his marker but he played the ball too far forward allowing the School of Excellence keeper time to come out and collect the ball.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The intensity of the game got to some players and the match official calmed matters with stern warnings to the offending players; however Jody February was shown the first yellow of the game for scolding at the ref after an Ajax player was fouled with no free-kick awarded.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Justin Jacobus opened the scoring in the 30<sup>th</sup> minute after some neat interplay to give Ajax Cape Town a 1-0 lead just before the half time break.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Urban Warriors took control of the game in the second half as they took the game to the visitors.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">School of Excellence countered using their wings with good effect but Jody February was alert to the danger to make two good saves.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Twenty minutes into the second half the School of Excellence keeper conceded a handball when he handled the ball outside his penalty area.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Britz took a quick free-kick from the edge of the penalty to the far post where Dillon Fransch headed home into an unguarded net (2-0).<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Charlton Bassoon created two great chances to extend Ajax&rsquo;s lead but a packed opposition defence thwarted his attempts at goal.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Urban Warriors held onto their lead until the final whistle.<o:p></o:p></p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3293Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:43:00 +0200We aim to defend our Premier Cup title - Davids<p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s U19 coach, Maahier Davids is confident that his charges will defend their Metropolitan Premier Cup title at Erica Park this weekend.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town are the Metropolitan Premier Cup Champions, they beat Berea Albion in an exciting final last year.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Davids is under no illusion as to the magnitude of the task ahead.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">He said, &ldquo;We looking forward to going to defend our Metropolitan Premier Cup title at Erica park this year.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We used a lot of the National 2<sup>nd</sup> Division games as preparation ahead of this prestigious tournament.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This year we going with a younger squad of very talented players and I am confident that we can put up a good show for the Ajax Cape town fans coming to support us.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We are in a very tough group with School of Excellence, Beau West City and ASD Academy but I am sure that we will reach the final this year.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">All the players who have been selected for our Metropolitan Premier Cup squad have played in top tournaments at home and in Europe, last year&rsquo;s Metropolitan Premier Cup, the Engen Knockout Challenge, the Nike Tournament, the Future Cup in Amsterdam and the Copa Amsterdam. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We have included some talented U15 players in our squad after they excelled during the Nike Tournament last year.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I am sure that the experience gained at these tournaments will add value to this year&rsquo;s tournament.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We will concentrate on one game at a time in order to achieve our goal.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town Group fixtures;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town v School of Excellence, Thursday 17 April, 2014, Field C at 16h15<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town v ASD Academy, Friday 18 April, 2014, Field A at 20h15<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town v Beau West City, Saturday 19 April, 2014, Field C at 10h15<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>After the Group Stages, the knock-out stage will begin with teams divided into the Winners and Plate Section&rsquo;s in accordance to their log position after their Group Stage.&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3292Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:03:00 +0200Dolly ruled out of Maritzburg game<p>&nbsp;Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s match preparations were dealt a blow when Keagan Dolly was ruled out of the squad to face Maritzburg United on Friday at Harry Gwala Stadium.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax midfield kingpin suffered a muscle strain in the game against Supersport United last Tuesday forcing the AjaxCT coach Roger De Sa to substitute him.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dolly was checked by the AjaxCT medical team and the decision to withdraw him from the travelling squad was made as precautionary measure to ensure he makes a full recovery before Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s next game against Bloemfontein Celtic on April 26.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dolly joins Paulse, Mzwakali, Sangweni and Ernesto in the Ajax Cape Town treatment room this weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3291Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:25:00 +0200Rodgers form pleases De Sa<p>&nbsp;Eleazar Rodgers is enjoying a hot run of form, hitting the back of net again with three goals in his last two games.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eleazar took a while to settle into the Ajax Cape Town game plan and it seems as if he has hit his stride in front of goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His coach is very pleased by the hot form shown by Rodgers as Ajax Cape Town is battling for a top eight place against three or four other teams who are also gunning for a spot at the top half of the table.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa said, &ldquo;I am happy for him, he his back amongst the goals again.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eleazar&rsquo;s goals dried up a bit at since December but he is a kind of player that you have to believe in, persevere with and he will get you goals.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He reads the game well and gets into good positions in front of the goal.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rodgers is very difficult to mark and play against but as long as he keeps scoring, we are happy.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eleazar Rodgers goal stats;</div> <div>15 April 2014 &ndash; 1 goals v Supersport United (Ajax won 2-0)</div> <div>09 April 2014 &ndash; 2 goals v Golden Arrows (Ajax drew 2-2)</div> <div>06 December 2013 &ndash; 1 goal v Maritzburg United (Ajax won 3-1)</div> <div>26 November 2013 &ndash; 1 goal v Supersport United (Ajax won 2-1)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3290Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:43:00 +0200Anssi is worth points - De Sa<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s coach Roger De Sa is impressed by Anssi Jaakkola&rsquo;s display between the sticks since his arrival.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa was also a goalkeeper during his playing days; he played for Moroka Swallows (1989 &ndash; 1995), Mamelodi Sundowns (1995 &ndash; 1997) and Bidvest Wits (1997 &ndash; 2001). &nbsp;So he understands the demands of the job and the mental strength required to play in a specialist position that requires 150% concentration where mistakes can be costly.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anssi arrived at Ikamva at the start of the season when he was recommended to former AjaxCT coach, Muhsin Ertugral during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jaakkola last played for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League until the end of last season when his contract expired. The tall Fin was invited to train at Ikamva and the rest they say is history</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa said. &ldquo;Anssi has been a massive pillar of strength in the team this season. I think he has won points for us.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You get goalkeepers who play very well and you get goalkeepers who can save goals, Anssi is one of the later.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At any club you need a goalkeeper that can win you games and points, He wins points for us, he is worth 12/15 points a season and that&rsquo;s what you get when Anssi is in the team.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3289Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:18:00 +0200Ajax Cape Town announces partnership with Futurelife.<div>Ajax Cape Town and Futurelife are proud to announce the partnership that will see Ajax players benefit from the nutritionally rich food products provided by one of the leading health brands in South Africa.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Futurelife &nbsp;is a functional food company with a mission to improve the health and well-being of every individual &nbsp;by helping them make the right nutritional choices in their daily lives and providing affordable foods</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Furthermore, Futurelife&rsquo;s products are South Africa's first and only scientifically formulated balanced, nutrient dense food to contain Moducare&reg;,under license from Aspen Pharmacare.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are very pleased to have an association with Ajax Cape Town. &nbsp;We believe that it is vitally important that the individuals and teams that we select to sponsor authentically believe in Futurelife and its unique offering. The Ajax Cape Town team share common values of the brand and are committed to driving healthier food options for their players,&rdquo; says Shaun Harris, Managing Director of Futurelife.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Futurelife provides product to a number of high profile sportsmen and women such as &nbsp;Bernard Parker, Chad Le Clos, Pat Lambie, Gavin Kilpatrick, Rowing South Africa Elite Squad, Wilna Appel, Ettienne Smith, Dominique Mann and Barry Lewin to name a few. The addition of Ajax Cape Town is a natural progression of their sponsorship commitment in the sports arena.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Alexi Efstathiou, Chief Commercial Officer of Ajax Cape Town said, &ldquo;We are happy to welcome Futurelife on board and into the Ajax Cape Town family. The partnership between Futurelife and Ajax Cape Town is for one year with an option to renew.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Our Youth Academy players&rsquo; development will be further enhanced now that we are able to supplement their nutritional needs with Futurelife products,&rdquo; concludes Efstathiou.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3288Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:28:00 +0200Its 2014 Metropolitan Premier Cup time<div>Preparations have been completed and the finer details have been ironed out for what is expected to be the most exciting Metropolitan U-19 Premier Cup tournament to date.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>South Africa&rsquo;s most prestigious U-19 football festival kicks off at Erica Park in Belhar on the Cape Flats on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at 15h30, with a clash between local rivals Beacon Spurs and Masidlale. It is the first of five matches on the opening day, culminating in host club, Bayhill United meeting Glendene United at 19h15.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The tournament runs from 16 to 21 April 2014, with the final scheduled for 15h00 on Family Day.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The event features the best qualifiers from the Western Cape region, along with some of the top academies, junior PSL teams from around the country as well as a guest club from Kenya, and has been a proving ground for some of Bafana Bafana&rsquo;s biggest stars since its inception 26 years ago.</div> <div>&ldquo;All the groundwork has been laid and we are looking forward to the best ever Metropolitan U-19 Premier Cup,&rdquo; said Belinda Faulkner, &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to thank our partners, Bayhill United and the local organising committee, as well as the City of Cape Town, for their sterling efforts behind the scenes to ensure a memorable occasion for both players and spectators.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just prior to the action getting under way on the opening day, a function will be hosted by the Mayor of Cape Town to welcome everybody to the city. The same evening, Metropolitan will hold a Life Skills seminar for the players, which forms a key element in the financial service company&rsquo;s holistic approach to youth development through football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To get the tournament well and truly up and running, a glittering opening ceremony, including a march past by all the teams, entertainment from a local dance troupe and a spectacular fireworks display, has been planned to light up the evening sky on Good Friday (18 April), beginning at around 19h00. This will be followed by the official opening game, one of the most keenly anticipated matches of the group phase between Ajax Cape Town and ASD Academy.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The group stage of the tournament runs until lunch time on Saturday, 19 April, and the 16 qualifiers will commence the knockout rounds later that afternoon. The quarter finals take place on the morning of Sunday 20 April with the winners contesting their respective semi finals at 17h00 and 19h00 later the same day. In between, the crowd will be treated to an exciting new introduction to the Metropolitan U-19 Premier Cup, a ladies&rsquo; match that creates an opportunity for female footballers to showcase their skills.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There is plenty of entertainment for the spectators to enjoy in the lead up to the Grand Final on Family Day (12 April) too, including the ever-popular All Stars curtain raiser game, where some of the great names of the past roll back the years to the noticeable delight of the people packed into Erica Park. Music and dance from more of the region&rsquo;s talented artists will captivate the crowd through until the main event at 15h00, the Final of the 2014 Metropolitan U-19 Premier Cup, followed by the trophy presentation ceremony and prize giving.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3287Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:14:00 +0200Ajax strikes twice against United<div>Ajax Cape Town ran out 2-0 winners against a game Supersport United in their last ABSA Premiership home game for the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors scored a goal in each half to secure all three points at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tasreeq Morris and Eleazar Rogers were on target for Ajax scoring after some good build-up play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The home team took the game to the opposition from the start and enjoyed a high percentage of the possession.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the opening minutes of the first half, Dolly played some telling passes to Morris and Rogers however the Supersport defence intercepted the passes to nullify the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dolly continued to torment his markers throughout the game, often creating space for his teammates.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United settled and they strung their passes together their play was orchestrated by Manyama, Chenene and Mathebula.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 20th minute of the game Grobler found space on the left flank and played the ball into the Ajax penalty from the by-line. Rivaldo shadowed Grobler and cut out the pass the Manyama.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Rivaldo stole the ball of Chenene just as the United player prepared to shoot at the Ajax goal.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town counter-attacked with Dolly launching the offensive. His cross into the United penalty area fell to Rogers who touched the ball onto Losper on the edge of the Supersport penalty area, the ball got stuck under his boot allowing the United defence time to recover and make the clearance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chenene created United&rsquo;s best scoring chance of the first half when he released Matebula to shoot at the Ajax goal. Anssi got down quickly making the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Diouf and Losper clashed as they challenged for the ball resulting in Diouf being replaced by Nel as Supersport made their first substitution.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Toriq Losper battled for every ball in the midfield, finding himself on the wrong end of some tough tackles. The match official Mr Zolile Mthetho was forced to issue a stern reprimand to Moeketsi for foul play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rivaldo continued to impress, he stole the ball off Chenene just as he broke clear on the Ajax goal and his passes upfield found their target to set up the counter-attacks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just before halftime, Losper was brought down just outside the United penalty area, from the resultant free kick the ball was played wide to Dolly on the left flank. His pass found Rogers at the near post; Rogers played the ball to Morris who scored from close range at the far post to give Ajax Cape Town the lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United started the second half eager to get an equaliser, Chenene was robbed of possession of the ball by Rivaldo again however the United player dived under the challenge to earn a yellow card for simulation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Matebula almost scored with a volley from a Chenene pass at the far post, Anssi was well positioned to make the save. The goal attempt triggered Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s increased work rate as they chased down the United player in possession.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax made their first substitution when they replaced Lark with Mobara.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Former Ajax player Lebo Manyama came close in the 68th minute, his shot at goal almost evaded Anssi grasp, the Ajax keeper dived full length to his right to palm the ball wide of the far post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later United suffered a set-back when Makheba was sent off after he was shown his second yellow card of the game, reducing United being o 10men.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other end Losper played Rogers into space behind the United defence, the Ajax striker timed his run to perfection and scored to give Ajax a 2-0 lead in the 73rd minute of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The goal was Rogers last contribution to the game; he was substituted by Simba Sithole.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thato Mokeke, playing at left back in the colours of Supersport played a dangerous cross into the Ajax penalty area; however two advancing United players could not meet the ball as it sped across the goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game continued to flow from end to end, as both teams went in search of goals.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 78th minute, Keagan Dolly watched in agony as his shot from 15m rattled the United crossbar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For United, Moeketsi overran the ball at the Ajax by-line as he tried to play the ball back into the penalty area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Losper came close to scoring the goal of the night when he dribbled past three United defenders only to see his shot come off the upright.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town held onto their lead to climb to 35 points on the PSL table.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors play Maritzburg United on Friday at the Harry Gwala Stadium in their next PSL game.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3286Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:19:00 +0200Tyson ruled out of United clash<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that Thulani Hlatshwayo will not be available for tonight&rsquo;s game against Supersport United at the Cape Town Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tyson&rsquo;s absence from the Ajax backline is a setback for the Urban Warriors as they fight for a top eight finish.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax defender fell awkwardly after a clash at training hurting his arm and shoulder.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As a precaution the Ajax technical team withdrew him from tonight&rsquo;s squad to face Supersport United.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town plays Supersport United in their last home game of the season at the Cape Town Stadium tonight.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kick-off is at 19h30</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors finish their season with three away games against Maritzburg United (Friday April 18), Bloemfontein Celtic (Sunday April, 26) and Platinum Stars (Saturday May, 10).</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3285Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:06:00 +0200AjaxCT v Supersport Utd preview<div>Ajax Cape Town will have their final home match of the Absa Premiership season when they host SuperSport United at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday, 15 April 2014, kick-off at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax were held to a 2-2 draw at home by bottom-of-the-log Golden Arrows in their last league outing.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape Town team has claimed 22 points from their 14 home matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Maritzburg United, Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars (all away).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 32 points from 26 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>SuperSport recorded a second successive win with a 2-1 away victory over Free State Stars in their last outing.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Pretoria side has claimed 19 points from their 12 away matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Bidvest Wits (home), Golden Arrows and Mamelodi Sundowns (both away).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Matsatsantsa are placed fourth on the Absa Premiership log with 40 points from 25 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Ajax and SuperSport have met in 29 league matches since 1999/2000.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Matsatsantsa have 12 wins compared to nine for the Urban Warriors, while eight matches have been drawn.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax have won five of their 14 home matches against SuperSport, suffering four defeats in the process.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When the teams met earlier this season, the Cape side claimed a 2-1 away win thanks to goals from Rodgers and Jenniker</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3284Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:17:00 +0200De Sa prepares for United<div>Roger De Sa is aware of the threat posed by Supersport United on Tuesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United, despite being knocked out of the Nedabnk Cup at the weekend, have won two of their last four League games and sitting comfortably in fourth position on the PSL log</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa&rsquo;s team has collected seven points in their last six games and he will be looking to turn the season around by finishing on a high note.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fight for a top eight finish switches into high gear with four games remaining and 12 points to play for.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa has seen most of his players in action and identified areas of play where the team has to improve.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;I saw Lance play for 90 minutes and that&rsquo;s a positive for me, Van de Laak also had a good run so there were many positives that I got from in our last game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Obviously I also saw areas of our game that we need to work on, the players lacked sharpness and another area that needs attention is our delivery of quality balls into the penalty area; on the ground and in the air.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Up front we have to look at our combinations, whether it&rsquo;s Simba and Eleazar or to pair either with Tasreeq or to play Tassie with Dolly and Losper. We have options but we need to find out what works best for our game plan</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Losper is getting in to scoring positions shows that we can break teams down and create openings for our strikers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We need to be more offensive and direct but also solid at the back.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We had a few days to recover, change a few things, look at who is coming back into the selection pool and work on a plan to take on Supersport.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3283Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:58:00 +0200Isaacs to face United<div>Ajax Cape Town skipper Dominic Isaacs is set to return to training on Thursday, as he looks set to recover from a muscle strain.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 31-year-old failed to make the trip to Soweto last Friday evening or the home game against Golden Arrows last Wednesday after he was ruled out through injury.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aside from sitting out three matches through suspension, Isaacs has featured in every game that he has been deemed fit to play in this season and has been an influential force in the backline.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Isaacs will have enough time to adequately recover from his latest injury as Ajax will only be back on the field of play against SuperSport United on April 15.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The former Kazier Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic centre-back has featured 17 times this season for the Ikamva outfit, making him the most capped player in the squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax&rsquo;s remaining matches for the Absa Premiership are against SuperSport United (home), Maritzburg United, Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars (all away).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3282Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:48:00 +0200Condolences to the Comitis Family<p>Ajax Cape Town expresses its condolences to the Comitis Family</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cape Town, 11 April 2014 &ndash; Ajax Cape Town is saddened to learn of the death of Mrs Comitis, who passed away last night.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mrs Comitis was the wife of Mike Comitis, the former General Manager of Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;On behalf of everyone at Ajax Cape Town, we would like to express our condolences to the Comitis family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time, said Alexi Efstathiou, CCO of Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ENDS</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3281Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:21:00 +0200We stopped playing to our strengths - De Sa<div>Roger De Sa was not a happy man after the game against Golden Arrows at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eleazar Rogers struck twice as Ajax Cape Town came from behind to rescue a point.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa said, &ldquo;I wasn&rsquo;t happy at all, I warned the players against conceding penalties and free kicks at this time of the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The goal from the penalty spot lifted them a bit, after that we tried to play a bit more but the goal would not come.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We created but could not convert our chances, those things happen but you need to keep on playing, then the chances came and we scored just before the break.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the second half we pressed them back into their own half for long periods, but could not find the back of the net.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We stopped playing to our strengths, using the wings to get into their box.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They battled with the crosses into the penalty area and we should have capitalized on that aspect of the game. With Eleazar lurking in the box we always stood a chance.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We made the changes but yet again we still did not get enough crosses in.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The few decent crosses we did get in we converted to get a share of the points.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3280Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:59:00 +0200Rogers brace earns a draw<div>A late equaliser from Eleazar Rogers ensured Ajax Cape Town a share of the spoils in a two-all draw at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors took the game to Arrows from the start; however it was the visitors who scored first after Losper fouled Hotto to concede a penalty.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Khuboni stepped-up to slot the ball past Jaakkola and give Arrows a 1-0 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Arrows defender Vuyiseli was shown the first yellow card of the game when he was booked for a studs-up tackle on Granwald Scott.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chris Katongo spurned a golden opportunity when he beat the offside trap to find himself one-on-one with Anssi Jaakkola. The Fin stood his ground to make the save.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax enjoyed a good spell of play late in the first half, putting together a series of passes across the pitch. Dolly floated a cross onto the penalty spot, Eleazar Rogers rose above the Arrows keeper and central defenders to head-home the equaliser.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Losper almost gave Ajax the lead but his flick-on at the near post could not evade the Arrows keeper, Arthur Bartman.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax pinned Arrows into their own half for long periods of play in the opening stanza of the second half. The combination of Losper, Dolly and Rogers carved open the Arrows defence on more than one occasion however Losper must have left his scoring boots at home as chances went a-begging.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Polelo found space in the Ajax box but his finishing was poor as he blasted his shot high into the stands, on the other end Kegan Dolly fired his shot wide from close range.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Cecil Lolo replaced Bantu Mzwakali for Ajax and Mbewe replaced Polelo for Arrows.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The substitutes made their mark with Lolo creating space on the right flank to release Losper but the Ajax attacking midfielder misfired allowing Bartman to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other end Chris Katongo broke clear on goal but he was denied by the in-form Ansssi Jaakkola. Mbewe had better luck; his first goal was ruled out for offside however he made amends when his glancing header evaded the Ajax defence to give Arrows the lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Golden Arrows joy was short lived as Rogers pounced again; he ghosted-in at the far post to head home from close range to equalise.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The point puts Ajax Cape Town on 32 points ahead of their next game against Supersport United next Tuesday evening.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3279Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:13:00 +0200Ajax target back-to-back wins<p>Ajax Cape Town will look to record back-to-back ABSA Premiership victories when they host Golden Arrows at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, 09 April 2014, kick-off 19h30.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax broke a four-game winless streak with their 1-0 victory at Moroka Swallows on Friday night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape Town side has claimed 21 points from 13 home matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are SuperSport United (home), Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic (both away).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 31 points from 25 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Arrows suffered a seventh successive defeat when they fell 1-0 away to Maritzburg United on Sunday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Durban team has claimed just three points from their 12 away matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Bloemfontein Celtic (home), Platinum Stars and AmaZulu (both away).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Abafana Bes&rsquo;thende is placed 16th on the Absa Premiership log with 13 points from 24 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Arrows have met in 27 league matches since 2000/01.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors have 10 wins compared to seven for Abafana Bes&rsquo;thende, while 10 matches have been drawn.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town won six of their 13 home matches against Arrows, suffering just one defeat in the process.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When the teams met earlier this season in Durban they played to a 1-1 draw thanks to goals from Wadwaba and Manyama.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>backpagetxt</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3278Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:24:00 +0200Win a catalyst for late charge - De Sa<div>Roger De Sa is confident their recent away win against Swallows is the catalyst to get Ajax Cape Town back to winning ways.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite being on the back foot for long periods of the game, the Urban Warriors pulled-off a rare away win against Swallows when Lance Davids scored the winner from a free-kick in the dying seconds of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa said, &ldquo;Firstly I am very happy with points away from home, the team showed good fighting spirit on the pitch.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I know it was not pretty at times. I thought we were also had our chances in the game despite riding our luck here and there, but the win was important for us and now we need to get the belief.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In football, as in life just a moment can change your whole perspective, giving you the added confidence to achieve your goals.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3276Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:47:00 +0200Davids strikes at the death<div>A late goal by Lance Davids handed Ajax Cape Town a rare away win against Moroka Swallows at the Dobsonville Stadium on Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With time running out and with the game certain to end in a goalless draw, the fourth official indicated four minutes extra-time after 90 minutes of play. A foul on Musa Lebusa gained Ajax a free-kick just inside the Swallows half of the field.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Davids scored from long range with a free kick that turned inside-out after it cleared the defensive wall to send Etafia the wrong way before crossing the line.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax was content to attack on the counter throughout the game, allowing Swallows possession in the middle of the park and defending in numbers when the opposition found space in-and-around their penalty area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Dolly/Losper combination created the first scoring chance of the game when Dolly&rsquo;s cross found Losper on the penalty area, but his header flew wide of the far side upright,</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Swallows enjoyed an attacking period of play early in the second half however Ajax soaked-up the pressure and cleared the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nomvete and Obada threatened the Ajax goal all night but Anssi and his defence held firm. Swallows best chance of the game fell to Nomvete who fired his shot wide in a one-on-one with the Anssi Jaakkola.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chances also fell to Obada and Tsutsulupa, the later broke clear in the opening minutes of the second half but his shot flew harmlessly across the Ajax goal and wide of the far post. Obada found space on the left flank, raced along the by-line before shooting at goal from an acute angle. Jaakkola got down low at the near post to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the last quarter of the game, Ajax sub Keagan Dolly found Cole Alexander with an inch-perfect pass. Alexander raced at the Swallows defence before firing just wide of the goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With time running out, Nomvete and Chabangu tried to break the deadlock but Anssi was in top form to clear the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Within minutes of coming on as a sub, Lance Davids sealed the result in favour of Ajax Cape Town to score from a 30m free-kick.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With three points in the bag, the Urban Warriors move to 10th position with 31 points.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town plays Golden Arrows in their next game on Wednesday on April 09, 2014 at the Cape Town Stadium. Kick-off is at 19h30.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3275Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:26:00 +0200Ajax aim to end winless streak<div>Ajax looks to end winless streak</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town will look to end their winless streak in the Absa Premiership when they take on Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on Friday, 04 April 2014, kick-off at 20h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Swallows have won two of their last three league matches, with their last outing a 1-0 away win over Platinum Stars in midweek.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Soweto side has claimed 18 points from their 12 home matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are University of Pretoria, Bidvest Wits (both away) and Mamelodi Sundowns (home).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Birds are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 30 points from 24 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax have gone four league matches without a win and suffered a second successive defeat when they lost 2-0 at home to Black Aces on Friday night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape Town side has claimed seven points from their 11 away matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Golden Arrows, SuperSport United (both home) and Maritzburg United (away).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are placed 12th on the Absa Premiership log with 28 points from 24 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Swallows and Ajax have met in 29 league matches since 1999/2000.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Birds have 13 wins compared to 11 for the Urban Warriors, while just five matches have been drawn.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Swallows have won nine of their 14 home matches against Ajax, suffering three defeats in the process.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When the teams met earlier this season in Cape Town, the Birds claimed a 3-1 away win thanks to goals from Manqele, Nomvethe and Chabangu.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>text - backpagemedia</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3274Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:24:00 +0200We can turn things around - De Sa<div>Ajax Cape Town have only won one game on the road this season when they beat Supersport 2-1 in November, 2013 however Roger De Sa is confident that his team can overcome their adversity starting against Moroka Swallows on Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa said, &ldquo;I do believe we can still achieve our objective with a top eight finish, we have six games left and 18 points to play for.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We cannot worry too much about other teams and their issues; we have to do it by ourselves. We have to go to try and win every game we play until the end of the season and we have to achieve that target as quickly as possible.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For me it&rsquo;s also about the preparation for next season, to see where we need to improve and what areas of our game require an overhaul.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I was in charge of this team for two away games, vs Chiefs and Free State Stars. Despite the results each game had its own factors that came into play during the 90 minutes.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They were totally different and I am sure that the Swallows game will be different also.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I not too concerned about being sucked into the relegation battle. The comfort zone is 30 points and we are just two points off that target.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I would like to have got to 30 points two games ago, but that did not happen.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>One win could change all that and we got to remain positive as to achieving our goals.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3273Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:17:00 +0200Ajax Replica Special<div>BUY &nbsp;BEFORE 15 APRIL !!! 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Kick-off is at 20h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Roger De Sa said, &ldquo;Once again we have been hit by injuries to key players that have depleted the squad a bit.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This squad has been depleted by injuries throughout the season; we have not been able to play the same eleven players in consecutive games all season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have a few niggling injuries that forced us to make a few changes to our starting line-up.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Injured players in our squad are; Dominic Isaacs, Abbubaker Mobara, Koen vd Laak and Tasreeq Morris is suspended after receiving four yellow cards.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Isaacs and Mobara picked up knocks in our last game against Black Aces, Mobara just came back after recovering from an ankle injury and then he got another knock on the same ankle. We need to monitor him to ensure that he recovers in time for our next game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dominic has a minor injury and is also expected to be ready for our next game, however Koen is receiving treatment and I meet with our medical team to discuss his progress.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tasreeq will definitely be back for our next game, adding to the pool of players that will be available for selection against Golden Arrows next Wednesday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sometimes it&rsquo;s not a bad thing as it gives me the opportunity to see other players and combinations in a game situation.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3271Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:46:00 +0200Serero set sights on Dutch Double<div>Former Ajax Cape Town midfielder Thulani Serero is closer to clinching the Dutch Double after Ajax Amsterdam beat FC Twente 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Goals by Stefano Denswil, Lasse Schone and Bojan secured AFC Ajax three points as they move closer to the Eredivisie title, eight points clear with five games remaining.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last week, Serero came on as a sub in the 69th minute against AZ Alkmaar, at the Ephesus Stadion as AFC Ajax ran out 1-0 winners to secure a place in the Dutch Cup Final.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AFC Ajax plays PEC Zwolle in the final on April, 20 2014</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3270Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:34:00 +0200Kensington tournament Champions<p>Ajax Cape Town was crowned the Kensington U15 Tournament Champions on Sunday at the Kensington Sports ground, Ventura Street Kensington.</p> <div>A goal by Kaylim Allen in last minute of match secured Ajax Cape Town the Championship title.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Local U-9, U-11 and U-15 teams competed for honours within their respective age groups at this annual pre-season tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The tournament started on Thursday 27 March and ran until Sunday 30 March, 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town beat Atlantis Athletico (5-0), George United (10-0), and Standards FC (2-0) in the round robin stage to finish top of their group before the knock stages of the tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors went on to beat Rygersdal (2-0) in the quarter-final; Fish Hoek (1-0) in the semi-final and Old Mutual (1-0) in the final.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Athini Gcaki won the golden boot as the top goal-scorer of the tournament</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town is scheduled to compete a number of tournaments before their first official league game of 2014 youth season.</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3269Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:10:00 +0200Ndoro sinks Ajax<div>Ajax Cape Town suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Black Aces in an ABSA Premiership clash at the Athlone Stadium on Friday night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The visitors scored as early as the second minute of the game, when Tendai Ndoro slotted the ball into the back of the net from a Thabo Qalinge pass.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anssi Jaakkola kept his team in the game when he parried Abia Nale&rsquo;s shot away for a corner kick.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For Ajax, Eleazar Rogers came close to equalizing in the first half; he rose above the Aces defence to meet Dolly&rsquo;s corner kick on the apex but he could not direct his header on target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax continued to press forward, however the final pass could not find the intended target.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just before the break Aces won a free-kick on the edge of the Ajax penalty area, Onyekachi Okonkwo stepped-up to take the spot kick. He fired his shot through the wall but Jaakkola was well-positioned to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both sides created chances in the second half, first Anssi foiled Aces kept out a drive from Ndoro, and on the other end Ajax substitute Simba Sithole&rsquo;s header glanced the cross bar in the last quarter of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ten minutes from time, Ajax won a corner however it was the visitors that won possession of the ball and raced up-field.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The counter-attack surprised Ajax; Ndoro was played into space to slot the ball past an advancing Jaakkola. (2-0)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3268Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:55:00 +0200A stern test looms - De Sa<div>Ajax Cape Town face their toughest opponents in a battle for a top eight finish when they play an in-form Mpumalanga Black Aces at Athlone Stadium on Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aces have found their form in recent games, having gone four matches unbeaten in the league. The Mpumalanga based side has also claimed eight points from their 10 away matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town Head Coach Roger De Sa is under no illusion as to the task awaiting his side.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;Black Aces is a tough team to play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They put up some good results and improved as the season progressed.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I watched them a few times and thought they were very, very good. Clive Barker has done a great job once again. He put together a balanced side and bought wisely.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They are a difficult team to crack, and very clever in the way that they structured their team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aces have one or two players returning, but I think that Clive will stick to his tried and tested players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am looking for improved possession from my team, we have got to keep the ball for longer periods and have more confidence in our ability while making the opposition work harder for the ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the past week we worked on improving the supply to our strikers in order to maximise our opportunities in front of goal.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When Lolo came on against Chiefs we held the ball a bit more and created better chances for our strikers, and we put a few passes together. We have a few key players making a comeback with Mobara the most likely to play.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am happy that my selection pool is growing and the fight for places in the starting line-up is intensifying as a result this will translate to improved performances on the field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As a team we must look at catching up to and overtaking the teams immediately above us on the log. I believe it&rsquo;s a realistic objective.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3267Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:38:00 +0200Ajax v Black Aces Preview<div>Ajax Cape Town will look to end Mpumalanga Black Aces&rsquo; good run of form in the Absa Premiership when the teams meet at Athlone Stadium on Friday, 28 March 2014, kick-off at 20h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax have gone three league matches without a win and were beaten 2-0 away to Kaizer Chiefs last week.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape Town side has claimed 21 points from their 12 home matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Moroka Swallows (away), Golden Arrows and SuperSport United (both home).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are placed 11th on the Absa Premiership log with 28 points from 23 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aces have gone four matches unbeaten in the league and held Orlando Pirates to a 1-1 draw in their last outing.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Mpumalanga side has claimed eight points from their 10 away matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Orlando Pirates (away), Bidvest Wits (home) and Kaizer Chiefs (away).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AmaZayoni are placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 31 points from 22 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Aces have met in five league matches since 2009/10.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors boast an unbeaten record, with three wins and two draws to their name.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax have won one of their two home matches against Aces, with the other ending in a 1-1 draw.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When the teams met earlier this season in Mpumalanga they played to a goalless stalemate.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3266Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:54:00 +0200Mobara back for Aces game<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s coach Roger de Sa has welcomed his current selection dilemma after the return of a key player ahead of this week&rsquo;s game against Mphumalanga Black Aces on Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite the return to full training of a few players De Sa is wary of rushing them back onto the field of play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa said, &ldquo;We have a few players coming back into the reckoning for selection and they are looking sharp and ready to play. However, I am going to play it safe with two or more of them as I do not want to rush them back into action only to lose them again before the end of the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The players back at training are; Abbubaker Mobara, Toriq Losper and Travis Graham.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mobara is back in training and available for selection ahead of Friday&rsquo;s game, he is in good shape.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We also have Losper back at full training but I believe that he is a week away from full fitness. We could push him to be ready, but I think Friday&rsquo;s game is too soon for him.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have cover in his position; I want to make sure that he is fully match fit when he makes his return. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We also have Travis Graham making steady progress with his fitness and conditioning but we need to nurse back to full match fitness before considering his availability. Travis has been out quite some time and he may take a little longer to get back to full match fitness.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We&rsquo;ve got one or two niggling injuries but nothing too serious.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We also have players still out with long term injuries in Franklin Cale and Nathan Paulse. Cale is making good progress with his rehabilitation program.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The return to action of a number of players in the next few weeks is good news as we push for a top eight place.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3265Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:01:00 +0200Ajax gears-up for Kensington tournament<div>Ajax Cape Town's is participating in the Kensington U15 Tournament at the weekend at the Kensington Sports ground, Ventura Street Kensington.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The annual Kensington Football Tournament is gets underway this weekend and a number of local U-9, U-11 and U-15 teams will be competing for honours within their age groups.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This annual tournament starts on Thursday 27 March and runs until Sunday 30 March, 2014 attracting the top local teams to participate in this pre-season tourney.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town have been drawn to face Atlantis A, George United, and United FC in the round robin stage. The knock stages will be played from Saturday afternoon leading up to the final on Sunday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their round robin fixtures are: -&nbsp;</div> <div>Friday 28 March 2014</div> <div>19h40 v Atlantis A.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday 29 March 2014</div> <div>10h40 v George United FC</div> <div>13h00 v United FC</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday afternoon and Sunday 30 March, 2014</div> <div>Knock-Out Stages - Quarter &amp; Semi Finals and Finals</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This is the first youth tournament ahead of the new season and with a number of tournaments lined up, Ajax Cape Town's youth teams will have ample opportunities to fine tune their sides before the first official league game of the 2014 season.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3264Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:42:00 +0200AjaxCT Fan Store END OF SEASON SALE <div>END OF SEASON SALE at AjaxCT Fan Store</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>DIARISE- MON 24 MARCH &ndash; FRI 25 APRIL &nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax sale on replicas and other stock-&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>SEASON TICKET HOLDERS will be able to purchase on sale items from MON 24 &ndash;WED 26 March</div> <div>and from Thursday 27 MARCH the AjaxCT sale will be OPEN TO ALL!!!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ITEM<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>&nbsp; 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Allie&rsquo;s pass found Sithole who cut the ball back across the penalty area, a mix-up between Dolly and Scott let Chiefs off the hook.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Musona tested Anssi with a number of long range shots; the Ajax keeper protected his goal despite the Chiefs onslaught.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tasreeq Morris almost put Dolly clear with a long range pass, but the ball was over-hit and ran out for a goal-kick.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game swung from end to end, Anssi foiled Nkatha again palming the ball away from his goal then Morris forced Pieterse to make a save on the other end.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shaba almost opened the scoring when he chipped the ball over an advancing Jaakkola; Morris was alert to clear the danger at the far post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minute&rsquo;s later Nkatha set-up Musona but he fired wide from inside the box.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The end-to-end duel continued for the entire first half finishing with Tyson making two goal-line clearances minutes before the referee blew his whistle to call and end to the half.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax started the second half going forward, shots form Scott and Dolly kept Pieterse on his toes. It was Mashamaite who had the best chance of the game, he rose above the Ajax defence to rifle his header on target, and Anssi reacted to pull-off a great save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chiefs increased the tempo and Shabba broke clear on the right flank, cutting inside hitting the upright with his shot.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa replaced Ernesto with Lolo and he made an immediate impact, finding space on the right to hit the ball across the Chiefs goal just ahead of an advancing Dolly and Morris.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chiefs counter-attacked and had the ball in the back of the net but Mashamaite handled the ball before the goal was scored.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lolo once again carved-out a scoring opportunity, Pieterse fumbled Lolo&rsquo;s shot at goal Rogers pounced but his shot at goal hit the keeper arm to ricochet wide.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Musona broke the deadlock when he ran onto a defence splitting pass to slot the ball past Jaakkola.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Chiefs sub Lebese flighted a cross onto the head of Musona who headed home to give Chiefs a two-goal lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After five minutes of extra time the referee signalled the end of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3260Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:32:00 +02002014 Metropolitan Premier Cup Draw<p>The 26th edition of the Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup launched in style at the Civic Centre, Cape Town on Wednesday evening.</p> <p>The 2014 edition of the Metropolitan Premier Cup was launched at a colourful function at the Cape Town Civic Centre on Tuesday evening as officials, media and representatives of the participating teams gathered to witness the draw for the first phase of the tournament, which runs from 16-21 April at Erica Park in Belhar, on the Cape Flats. Please find attached the final placings for your perusal.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 32 team tournament that pits the best qualifiers from the Western Cape against some of the top academy and professional feeder sides from around the country has established itself as a major draw card on the domestic football calendar, attracting coaches, scouts and various technical experts from as far afield as Europe and the USA.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 2014 line up is comprised of Super Sport United (2010 champions), Mpumalanga Black Aces (PSL), Senaone Gunners (Gauteng), Kaizer Chiefs (PSL), Bidvest Wits (2003 champions), Mamelodi Sundowns (2009 champions), Berea Albion (Gauteng), School of Excellence (Gauteng), Ethekwini Coastal Academy (KZN), Harmony Sports Academy (Free State), Caledonian Football Club (PE), University of Pretoria (Gauteng), Saints Football Club (PE), Amazulu (KZN), along with local counterparts, Ajax Cape Town (2004, 2005, 2008, 2013 Chmpions), Bayhill United (hosts), Beacon Spurs, Milano United, Morgenster United, Robinvale Spurs, Hellenic, ASD Cape Town, Bishop Lavis, &nbsp;Vasco-da Gama, Old Mutual Academy, Santos Academy, Bellstar United, Bluedowns Spurs, Glendene United, Masidlale and Beau West City. In keeping with a long-standing tradition of inviting foreign guests, the Metropolitan Premier Cup welcomes the gallant Soccer academy from Kenya for the first time.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to a magnificent trophy and individual medals, the champions will receive R35000 in prize money - with the runners up getting R20000 &ndash; while the player of the tournament and top goal scorer will bank R3000 and R2000 for their respective accomplishments. Prize money for various other achievements will also be awarded.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year, celebrates Metropolitan&rsquo;s 25th year as principal sponsor of the competition, having partnered with Bayhill FC back in 1990, a year after its first staging. Over a quarter of a century, household names such as Benni McCarthy, Nasief Morris, Matthew Booth, Steven Pienaar - to name but a few &ndash; and more recently, Thulani Serero, Daine Klate and Ayanda Patosi have gained valuable experience from their participation in the Metropolitan Premier Cup on their way to attaining stardom.</p> <p>Metropolitan&rsquo;s brand executive, Belinda Faulkner, explained the company&rsquo;s motivation for their involvement. &ldquo;Metropolitan has always held a broader perception of the situation, recognising the longer term benefits of providing the resources to develop young talent with the view to seeing them become the stars of tomorrow; South Africa has a wealth of potential and Metropolitan believes in committing these resources where they are needed most in order to maximise the fulfilment of that potential,&rdquo; she said.&nbsp;</p> <p>A hallmark of Metropolitan&rsquo;s involvement in youth football sponsorship has been to recognise the need to address issues that affect young players off the field, as they encounter some of the challenges of growing into manhood. Consequently, every Metropolitan event contains a Life Skills programme that offers insights to the participants in matters that include HIV/AIDS awareness, financial responsibility, brand value and media skills, as a means to assist them during this transition.</p> <p>Tournament director, P.J. Williams emphasized the impact of Metropolitan&rsquo;s involvement in the event. &ldquo;True to their word, Metropolitan has had a tremendously good effect on the entire community,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;From the food and concession stands to the medics, transport facilitators, security and volunteer marshals, the sense of pride from participating not only in bringing pride to their own community, but in making a positive impression on outside visitors as well. Since 2010, it has been alcohol free and the people have voluntarily adopted the policy without resistance, so it creates a further element of family friendly zone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;What makes this event so special is that it has established a tradition of appreciation for what it means to everyone involved,&rdquo; Williams added. &ldquo;The people pour in year after year to watch the best young players from all over the country giving it everything they have got. The vibe is warm and friendly and in what is now more than a quarter of a century, we have a virtually unblemished record in relation to crowd misbehaviour and poor sportsmanship. It is deeply satisfying to send them home happy and looking forward to coming back next year.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The 2014 Metropolitan Premier Cup kicks off at Erica Park, Belhar just outside Cape Town, on Wednesday, 16 April when the group phase gets under way. The tournament runs throughout the Easter weekend, with the final being contested at 15h00 on Monday, 21 April.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Group A</strong></p> <p>1<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax Cape Town</p> <p>2<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>School of Excellence</p> <p>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>ASD Cape Town</p> <p>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Beau West City</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Group B</strong></p> <p>1<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Bay Hill United</p> <p>2<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Harmony Academy</p> <p>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Caledonians</p> <p>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Glendene United</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Group C</strong></p> <p>1<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Bidvest Wits</p> <p>2<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Amazulu</p> <p>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Senaone Gunners</p> <p>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Bellstar United</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Group D</strong></p> <p>1<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Supersport United</p> <p>2<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Berea Albion</p> <p>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ethekwini Academy</p> <p>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Blue Down Spurs</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Group E</strong></p> <p>1<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>University of Pretoria</p> <p>2<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Vasco Da Gama</p> <p>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Old Mutual Academy</p> <p>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Robinvale Spurs</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Group F</strong></p> <p>1<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>MP Black Aces</p> <p>2<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Santos Academy</p> <p>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Hellenic</p> <p>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Morgenster United</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Group G</strong></p> <p>1<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Kaizer Chiefs</p> <p>2<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Milano United</p> <p>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Beacon Spurs</p> <p>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Masidlale</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Group H</strong></p> <p>1<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Mamelodi Sundowns</p> <p>2<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Gallant Academy (Kenya)</p> <p>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Bishop Lavis</p> <p>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Saints</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3259Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:12:00 +0200Score with ABSA and AjaxCT<div>Open a Flexi Account today and get behind your team</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Background</strong></div> <div>This campaign gives fans with a Flexi Account the chance to get an exclusive deal on the Ajax Cape Town home jersey, plus a free soccer ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>What is a Flexi Account?</strong></div> <div>The Flexi Account is a full-service transactional account. The account gives you full access to all Absa channels, such as internet and cellphone banking, and is ideally suited to customers who earn a regular monthly income.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>How do customers open a Flexi Account?</strong></div> <div>1. Visit your nearest ABSA branch.</div> <div>2. SMS &lsquo;Flexi&rsquo; to 31513 and our call centre will call you back.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>How does the deal work?</strong></div> <div>The deal is available to all Absa cardholders.</div> <div>Step 1: Absa cardholders must show their card at the point of purchase.</div> <div>Step 2: Once the card has been shown, they must then pay the discounted price of R450 for an Ajax Cape Town Replica and FREE Ajax branded ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The deal is only valid to all ABSA card holders using their ABSA cards to make the purchase.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Which ABSA cards are accepted?</strong></div> <div>All Absa cards are accepted.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Absa Bank Ltd Reg No 1986/004794/06 Authorised Financial Services Provider Registered Credit Provider Reg No NCRCP7</div> <div>Standard SMS rates and terms and conditions apply</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3258Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:06:00 +0200Right time to play Chiefs - De Sa<p>&nbsp;Roger de Sa believes that this is the right time to play Kaizer Chiefs.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chief, fresh from a taxing Soweto Derby could be preoccupied with Nedbank Cup and Champions League football looming ahead but first they play against Ajax Cape Town in an ABSA Premiership fixture at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on Wednesday evening at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa said, &ldquo;Maybe the right time to play Chiefs, after the Soweto derby and before a Cup and Champions League games.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The intensity of their various competitions is going to take a toll on Chiefs at some time and you can see that without a few key players they already look different on the field of play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They also have to travel to Polokwane. So in essence it&rsquo;s also an away game for them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I said to my players let&rsquo;s get out there and give it a good go. I know that Ajax have a good record against Chiefs in the past and hopefully we continue to do so.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When you play clubs like Chiefs you have to take the game to them, open the game up a bit to give yourself a chance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Most importantly you have to back yourself.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I believe that you got to have a full go at them, most teams tend to sit back and try to outfox them with counter attacking football but that just allows Chiefs the space to play their kind of football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chiefs are very well drilled by Baxter. They are organised, very good at set pieces and they get numbers into the box.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town have the players who can match them as we can play the same style of football with overlapping wingbacks and a quick passing game</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As for the question of Polokwane and Ajax&rsquo;s record there, all I can say is that teams that I have coached have not lost there. Chiefs also have not had a good run in Polokwane. It&rsquo;s not their home ground.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I have a good record there with my previous teams and I plan to continue that trend.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We can leave skin and blood on that pitch on Wednesday evening because we have time to recover but Chiefs don&rsquo;t; they have Cup and Champions League football waiting to be played.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3257Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:14:00 +0200Top 8 finish is our goal<p>Ajax have won one a drew two games since De Sa&rsquo;s appointment, they beat Polokwane City in Cape Town, drew with Free State Stars in Bethlehem and last Sunday TUKS frustrated the Urban Warriors to hold onto a point.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kaizer Chiefs, buoyed by a win over rivals Orlando Pirates at the weekend could be distracted by Cup and Champions League football as they line-up Ajax Cape Town in their next league encounter.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite dropping points against Stars and TUKS, De Sa is confident that his team will reach their goal; a place in the top eight.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Roger said, &ldquo;Against TUKS we lost two points, we got better in the second half but they are a frustrating team to play.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our second half the substitutes made a difference.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We didn&rsquo;t score but we did not concede either. Now we focussing on the Chiefs and I know it&rsquo;s going to be a tough game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Three points for any coach is a must that&rsquo;s how you start every game. When the game kicks off you got one point and as the game progresses you have to decide whether you go for broke and fight for all three points or if you parking the bus in order to settle for the one point.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I always go for three points.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>From what I have seen we have enough quality in the team to achieve our goal and to build on.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Getting into the top eight is a priority for us, we did not win at the weekend but most importantly we did not lose either.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3256Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:30:00 +0200Simba speaks to ajaxct.com<div>Simba Sithole made his Ajax Cape Town debut against TUKS on Sunday March 16, 2014 at the Athlone Stadium and he impressed enough to get a word of praise from his coach at the post match conference.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The former How Mine FC striker had a frustrating start to his Ajax career when a niggling injury postponed his debut for the Urban Warriors. After undergoing a rehabilitation program at Ikamva, Sithole was included in the squad to face TUKS.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He made his debut in the 65th minute of the game after replacing Ernesto.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Simba spoke to ajaxct.com after the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sithole said, &ldquo;I have been looking forward to play for Ajax Cape Town, the game was exciting and my team mates supported me throughout the game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They helped me to settle and when I made a mistake they encouraged me.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The team needed a goal, especially as we were playing at home and I was hoping to get on the score-sheet against TUKS.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Before the game the coach and the players came over to give me a word of encouragement. My role against TUKS was to exploit the space between the centre-backs and play off the attacking midfielders.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We almost broke through their defence but their keeper did well to keep the ball out of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I aim to get used to the style of play and get as much game time as possible.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I just want to do well and to repay the club for the faith they showed in me.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3255Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:10:00 +0200Scotty made a difference - De Sa<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s coach Roger De Sa believes that his team will get better with the return of his injured players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax coach welcomed back two players to his squad in Isaacs and Scotty and gave Simba Sithole his debut against TUKS on Sunday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not easy when you missing the likes of Paulse and Rogers but it was nice to get Simba into the game. He has been out for quite some time and showed signs that he can bring something different to our game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>TUKS are not a bad side they know how to play spoiling football to disrupt the opposition. TUKS enjoy playing on the counter-attack; they have caught a few teams by scoring against the run of play.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We needed to ensure that we did not get caught out by that game plan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Obviously we wanted to get the opening goal and force them to open-up and we came close a few times but could not break the deadlock.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I think we have got to get a lot better in the final third of the field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Although Dolly did not have the freedom to play his game; he is a play maker and makes things happen.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When Scotty came on, he added impetus to our attack and that gave Barra freedom to go forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We pushed Bara a bit higher, he looked a bit more dangerous and so did Dolly and Simba. I think today Mobara was better going forward and he made things happen</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Scotty came back from a forced lay-off after he was injured in our Nedbank Cup game with a cut to his forehead that needed 40 stitches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Scotty made a difference today and we can play a bit more confidently when we are able to change our formation during a game.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3254Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:04:00 +0200Ajax held by TUKS<div>Ajax Cape Town was held to a goalless draw by TUKS in an ABSA Premiership game at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game got off to a cautious start by both teams, Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Keagan Dolly created the first chance of the game when he played Tasreeq Morris into space but the Ajax striker hit his shot wide of the target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The first chance for the visitors fell to Monama who found space at the far post however Anssi Jaakkola was well positioned to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later TUKS had their best chance of the game when Mnyamane hit a low shot on the turn on target and Jaakkola made the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town found their rhythm in the second half when head coach brought on Granwald Scott, the Urban Warriors played more direct with Sangweni and Dolly enjoying the space created by the substitute.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 70th minute of the game Thami Sangweni fired a low shot at goal forcing Arubi and his defence to clear the ball off the goal line with a long ball forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax came back at the TUKS defence with Mobara taking the game to the visitors.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax made a double substitution as they went in search of a winning goal; Simba Sithole replaced Ernesto to make his Ajax debut and Carl Lark replaced Morris.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The presence of Lark and Simba unsettled the TUKS defence and the Ajax trio of Dolly, Sangweni and Mobara took full advantage.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Arubi was the busier of the two keepers in the last quarter of the game, he was forced to make a save off Mobara&rsquo;s long range shot then Sangweni forced Arubi and Sibande to scramble the ball off the goal line.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The clearance fell to Isaacs, who was lurking just outside the penalty area. Isaacs&rsquo;s shot brushed the upright for a goal kick.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The last scoring chance fell to Mobara seven minutes from time, he was denied by a great save from Arubi.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>TUKS made late substitutions to shore-up their defence and the ploy worked and they held out for a goalless draw.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3253Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:34:00 +0200A win is vital - De Sa<div>Ajax Cape Town plans to continue their fight to get into the top eight when they face the University of Pretoria at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The game kicks-off at 15h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the last four games between Ajax Cape Town and TUKS, the Pretorians have won two with two draw results.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Head Coach Roger de Sa is looking for an extended run of positive results from his team having claimed four points from their last two games.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A win on Sunday will be vital in their quest for a top eight finish.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa said, &ldquo;We achieved our objectives in our last two games, win and a draw in claiming four points out of a possible six.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>TUKS are a good competitive side, very direct and defensively sound; typical of a Gavin Barker side. You saw what they did to Pirates and they will keep to their game-plan, play direct attacking football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They may have struggled a bit however they have regained their form and won two in a row. TUKS are a confident side now and they will fancy their chances when they come out here.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have got to hit them early because the longer the game progresses the more they will fancy their chances.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My team will have to be at their best against TUKS because there are no easy games in the PSL.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are at the business end of the season with everybody jockeying for position at the top of the table while the relegation fight could go down to the wire.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I think we getting better our confidence have improved however we have got to be disciplined and not get caught on the break.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A win will be vital for us.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3252Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:45:00 +0200Isaacs set for return<div>Ajax Cape Town captain, Dominic Isaacs is set for a return to the starting line-up when Ajax Cape Town plays the University of Pretoria (TUKS) on Sunday, March 16 at the Athlone Stadium in a ABSA Premiership league fixture.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Isaacs was shown a red card after receiving a second yellow card for a bookable offence against Sundowns in the last 16 round of the Nedbank Cup.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In his absence Rivaldo Coezee slotted into the centre of defence, making his PSL debut against Polokwane City while Nazeer Allie replaced Coetzee against Free State Stars.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dominic started every game for the Urban Warriors until the fateful fixture against Sundowns at the Athlone Stadium in the Nedbank Cup.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3251Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:43:00 +0200Good to be back - vd Laak<div>Ajax Cape Town midfielder Koen van de Laak has described his return from injury as a &lsquo;special moment&rsquo; following six months on the sidelines.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Dutchman; who arrived in the Mother City in July 2012 has endured an injury plagued year and a half having undergone three operations.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His latest one, to his meniscus occurred at the start of the 2013/14 Absa Premiership season and he only managed to mark his return to action in the 2-0 win over Polokwane City earlier this month.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is nice to be back,&rdquo; he told MTNFootball. &ldquo;After another operation, another injury, you come to a point where you hope you can make a comeback.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The motivation is also very low, but when you comeback it does give hope. It was a special moment after six months of being out.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Now I just want to see if I can add value to the team and we are in the right moment now. I think we are on the right track and we are getting there.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax are currently sitting ninth on the Absa Premiership log, with only goal difference separating them and eighth placed Bloemfontein Celtic.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTNFootball</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3250Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:41:00 +0200I'm enjoying my football - Dolly<div>Keagan Dolly was once hailed as the next Steven Pienaar, and when you watch him play it&rsquo;s easy to see why the comparison was made.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Like Pienaar Dolly is a bustling attacking midfielder who likes to score goals, the similarities does not end there. Keagan hails from the same suburb as Steven (Westbury) and played for the same amateur club as the Everton star, Westbury Arsenal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dolly was selected to attend the School of Excellence in Gauteng before he was snapped-up by the Mamelodi Sundowns Youth Academy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2011, Dolly moved to Ikamva to further his professional football ambitions. The move proved to be the spark needed to propel him into the professional ranks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After touring Europe with the Ajax Cape Town U19 team, playing in the Eurovoetbal and Copa Amsterdam tournaments he was promoted to the Ajax Cape Town PSL team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After a quiet start to his football career at Ikamva, Keagan has developed into a complete footballer capable of taking the opposition apart with deft passing and his close ball-control that enables him to dribble past his marker.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Playing just behind the strikers in the Ajax Cape Town system, Dolly is given a free role from where he is able to set-up the Urban Warriors offensive play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This season Dolly has already made 19 appearances, surpassing the 12 made in the 2012/2013 season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The diminutive Ajax midfielder has also scored three goals and collected four ABSA Premiership &ldquo;Man of the Match&rdquo; awards.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dolly spoke to ajaxct.com about the season so far.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;I am really enjoying my football this season. The coaches and players are all very supportive and that gives me the determination to improve my performances with every game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last season, I was still a &ldquo;newbie&rdquo; in the team, learning to play with the likes of stars like Mabhudi and Khama in an attacking role. They are good players and I learnt a lot just by watching aspects of their game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This season, I was encouraged to play my football.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Under Muhsin, I was required to assist defensively and spearhead the attack however with Ian and Roger I have a free role.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am able to play across the width of the field looking for the ball in all areas and encouraged to play further forward in support of our strikers.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The different roles required by the various coaches helped my game a lot.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s not made easy because the opposition&rsquo;s game-plan is also a factor to consider, but I concentrate on what is asked of me and with the support of my teammates I am able to deliver on the field of play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am enjoying my football now and I aim to work hard at improving every aspect of my game.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3249Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:10:00 +0200TUKS game for Athlone<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that their game against the University of Pretoria has been moved to the Athlone Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game, originally scheduled for the Cape Town Stadium will be played on Sunday, 16 March 2014 with kick-off at 15h30 at the Athlone Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the Ajax PRO said, &ldquo;After the hosting of the CHAN Tournament in January and February followed by two major events at the Cape Town Stadium, Eminem and the Nitro Circus. The pitch at Cape Town Stadium is yet to reach peak condition.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town has therefore reached an agreement with the Stadium to allow the pitch a full recovery time before we resume our game at the Cape Town Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will play Sunday's game against TUKS at the AThlone Stadium.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3243Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:04:00 +0200Paulse out for the season<p>Ajax Cape Town is once again battling a series of long term injuries to key players.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Urban Warriors squad was devastated with the news that Eleazar Rogers has an ankle ligament injury and that Nathan Paulse&rsquo;s season has been cut short due to a torn hamstring.</p> <p>Paulse was stretchered off the field soon after he scored a dazzling goal after solo run through the City defence.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ajax Cape Town is also without Granwald Scott (gash on the forehead), Dominic Isaacs (suspension), Travis Graham and Franklin Cale (both in the rehabilitation program).</p> <p>On the bright side Nazeer Allie is fit and ready to play after he was rested for the Polokwane City game.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3242Sat, 08 Mar 2014 18:58:00 +0200Morris grabs equaliser<div>Tasreeq Morris rescued a vital point for Ajax Cape Town within five minutes of coming on as a substitute.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The lanky Ajax Cape Town striker scored with a powerful header from the edge of the box after Aiden Jenniker sent a looping cross into the Free State Stars penalty area in the 63rd minute of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The opening quarter of the game was a cautious start for the visitors as Free State Stars enjoyed most of the possession.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After only three minutes, Masehe collected the first caution of the game for foul play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax created a few early chances first Lark&rsquo;s shot flew wide then Mobara&rsquo;s shot from range forced Motsoeneng to make the save (grabbing at the ball as it spilled from his grasp).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bantu Mzwakali ran at the Stars defence after collecting the ball out on the half way line, from wide the left. He cut inside as he made his way towards the Stars penalty area, but once again Motsoeneng got down low to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town preferred to attack on the counter while Free State Stars used the long ball to set-up their strikers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thulani Hlatshwayo marshalled his defence well and when Free State Stars did come at them he put his body on the line; in the 13minute he dived at a low-cross into the Ajax penalty area to clear the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Free State Stars broke through a minute later when Lolo was dragged inside from the flank, Thebakang exploited the space on the right flank finding himself one-on-one with Anssi Jaakkola in goal for Ajax Cape Town. The Stars striker hesitated allowing Anssi to close the angle and make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stars slowly took control of the game and just before halftime Richard Henyekane took advantage of a hesitant Ajax defence to open the scoring in favour of the home team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town almost allowed Free State Stars a second chance at goal but for a timeous interception by the Ajax Cape Town captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tyson timed his tackle on Basit with precision, just as the Stars striker ran on to a defence splitting pass.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT coach Roger De Sa made his first substitution of the game in the 58th minute when Tasreeq Morris replaced Carl Lark.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The change spurred Ajax forward and the equalising goal came five minutes later when Morris headed home from the edge of the box.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cardoso kept a tight rein on Ernesto and subsequently collected a yellow card after he fouled the Ajax striker.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Free State Stars went in search of a winner; first Danny Venter forced Anssi to make a save at close range after he stole the ball off vd Laak. Minutes later Basit found space in the Ajax penalty area but he was quickly crowded off the ball by Lolo, Allie and Tyson.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Henyekane continued to torment the Ajax defence and he almost grabbed a winner when he latched onto a knock-down from Venter, only to send his volley wide of the far upright.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anssi continued to thwart the Stars strikers making crucial saves late in the game. He was quick to re-act when a Stars corner-kick almost crept-in under his cross bar, parrying the ball wide to avert the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax collected a crucial away point from this game as they continue their fight to finish in the top eight; they now have 27 points from 20 games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors play TUKS in their next home game on Sunday March 16, 2014 at 15h00.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3241Sat, 08 Mar 2014 18:26:00 +0200We expecting a tough game - De Sa<div>Ajax Cape Town is expecting a battle royal when they take on Free State Stars at a compact Goble Park Stadium on Saturday, February 08, 2014. Kick-off is at 15h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors have always struggled in Bethlehem, having last snatched a point in the 2009/10 season when Franklin Cale scored the equalizer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT coach Roger De Sa is aware of Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s record away from home this season as well as their record against Stars in Bethlehem.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;First I have got to try and get players fit.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are again down to 18 players; my squad is riddled with a few knocks and suspensions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the positive side, we have a very young team with a sprinkling of experienced players and in our last game they showed that they are capable of holding their own at PSL level.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Against Polokwane we played a number of youngsters in the starting line-up with a 17 year-old, Rivaldo in the centre of defence; Lebusa (20) ) at left back, Mobara, (20) in the midfield, Dolly (21) on the flanks and Mzwakali (20) also in the midfield.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have got to give the players the licence to play their natural game within the parameters of the Ajax game plan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This team tended to play very defensively in certain games despite having players capable of going forward with good effect.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A lot of team&rsquo;s are expecting their visitors to play defensive football, however I believe we should be more offensive especially away from home.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Guys like Dolly and Mzwakali enjoy taking on their markers and we have to give them licence to do just that. I don&rsquo;t think a team like Ajax Cape Town enjoys playing defensive football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have got to play to our strength&rsquo;s; we can always change the system during the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have not had good results against Free State Stars in recent years; however the home team had not had the best of seasons so far finding themselves in the bottom two off the PSL log.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We can expect a difficult game of a physical nature, with direct football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I know it won&rsquo;t be an easy because Stars are in trouble at the bottom of the log and they will fight for a positive result.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3240Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:35:00 +0200Ajax target three points<div>Ajax Cape Town will target three crucial Absa Premiership points when they take on Free State Stars at Goble Park on Saturday, 08 March 2014, kick-off at 15h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stars suffered a third defeat from their last four league matches when they were beaten 2-0 at Orlando Pirates this past weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Free State side has claimed 12 points from their nine home matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Bidvest Wits (away), Mamelodi Sundowns (home) and Polokwane City (away).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ea Lla Koto is placed 15th on the Absa Premiership log with 16 points from 18 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax returned to winning league form on the weekend when they beat Polokwane City 2-0 at home, with Keagan Dolly and Nathan Paulse scoring to hand Roger de Sa&rsquo;s men a key victory.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The MTN-sponsored side has claimed six points from their nine away matches so far this season and will be looking to improve on that record as they target a return to the top half of the table.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are University of Pretoria (home), Kaizer Chiefs (away) and Mpumalanga Black Aces (home).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 26 points from 20 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Stars and Ajax have met in 21 league matches since 1999/2000.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ea Lla Koto have 11 wins compared to five for the Urban Warriors, while five matches have been drawn.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stars boast an unbeaten home record against Ajax, with eight wins and two draws from eight matches as hosts.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When the teams met earlier this season in Cape Town, the Urban Warriors won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Telinho.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stars&rsquo; line-up from their 2-0 loss to Pirates: Motsoeneng, Basie, Ouro-Akoriko, Thebakang, Sambu (Abdul-Basit 57&rsquo;), Cardoso, Masehe, Kerspuy, Nomandela, Henyekane (Abraw 46&rsquo;), Mashego (Venter 74&rsquo;).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax&rsquo;s line-up from their 2-0 win over Polokwane: Jaakkola, Lolo, Hlatshwayo, Rivaldo, Lebusa, Sangweni, Mzawakali (Losper 68&rsquo;), Mobara, Paulse (Lark 62&rsquo;), Dolly, Ernesto (Van de Laak 89&rsquo;).</div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>Previous meetings<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last ten league meetings</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Season<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Result<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Scorers</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2008/09<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Stars 3-0 Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Mofokeng, Tsotetsi, Mabaso</div> <div>2009/10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Stars 1-1 Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Makola; Cale</div> <div>2009/10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax 0-0 Stars</div> <div>2010/11<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Stars 2-1 Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Chivuta 2; Booysen</div> <div>2010/11<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax 1-0 Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Billiat</div> <div>2011/12<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax 3-1 Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Hlatshwayo, Rusike, Billiat; Mashego</div> <div>2011/12<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Stars 1-0 Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Manqele</div> <div>2012/13<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Stars 2-1 Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Nomandela, Ouro-Akoriko; Scott</div> <div>2012/13<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax 4-2 Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Manyama 2, Nale, Billiat; Mkhatshwa, Ouro-Akoriko</div> <div>2013/14<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax 1-0 Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Telinho</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Head-to-Head&nbsp;</div> <div>(League only, since 1999/2000)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Home<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>P<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>W<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>D<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>L<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GF<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GA</div> <div>Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>8<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>2<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>0<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>19<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>6</div> <div>Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>11<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>5<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>14<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Away</div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>P<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>W<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>D<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>L<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GF<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GA</div> <div>Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>11<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>5<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>14</div> <div>Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>0<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>2<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>8<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>6<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>19</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Total<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>P<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>W<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>D<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>L<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GF<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GA</div> <div>Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>21<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>11<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>5<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>5<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>29<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>20</div> <div>Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>21<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>5<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>5<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>11<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>20<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>29</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3239Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:33:00 +0200April 2014 Holiday Clinics Dates<div>The dates of the Ajax Cape Town April 2014 Holiday Clinics have been confirmed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The number of boys and girls attending the Ajax Cape Town Holiday Clinics has increased tremendously over the years with a number of kids returning for each holiday clinic.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Holiday Clinics at Ikamva affords the participants an exclusive Ajax Experience.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They enjoy all the benefits only afforded to Ajax Cape Town players, giving them a sneak view of what the life of a professional football player is all about.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The kids at the holiday clinic are divided into teams and each team is allocated their own dressing room and training equipment. They are then put through a training session by the Ajax Community coaches who are adept at working with young players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Holiday Coach clinic is held over two days and the players also enjoy their meals and refreshments in the same environment as the Ajax Cape Town PSL team, they even get to meet the professional players who train on an adjacent field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each child will receive an Ajax goodie pack at the end of the coaching clinic and a lucky draw will take place with prizes for the kids and some lucky parents.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The dates for the Ajax Cape Town April 2014 Holiday Clinics are as follows;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Coaching Clinic details:</div> <div>Age Group: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>6 -10 year old: Monday, 31st March &amp; Tuesday 01st April 2014</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>10 - 15 year old: Wednesday, 02nd April &amp; Thursday, 03rd April 2014</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: 09h00 to 15h00 (daily)</div> <div>On the 2nd day the parents &amp; children who participated congregate in the restaurant and each child who participated will be presented with a certificate and goodie bag).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Venue: Ikamva, Parow</div> <div>Cost: R 300 per child&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each child must please bring their own soccer boots (if they don't have boots then takkies) &amp; shin guards (if they have).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will provide fruit and juice for their mid-morning break as well as lunch.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To register, parents/ guardians, please contact Nuraan Isaacs at NuraanI@ajaxct.co.za.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please Note: Ajax Cape Town sponsors, staff who wish to enrol their children for the coaching clinic, please send the registration form from your company e-mail address.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please be advised that we only have 100 places available per clinic therefore Pre-booking is essential &ndash; Please note that no bookings can be made on the day.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Registration for the April Holiday Clinics close on Friday, 28th March at 15h00</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3238Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:12:00 +0200Ajax duo on the mend<div>Good News from the Ajax Cape Town medical department, Travis Graham and Franklin Cale is on the mend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The duo has spent most of the season on the side-lines, recuperating from injuries sustained early in the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Travis and Franklin have since recovered well enough to start their rehabilitation on the field with light ball-work under the watchful eye of the Ajax Cape Town fitness and condition coach, Craig Von Wielligh.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They are moving freely and all indications are that they could soon be joining the rest of their teammates in full training in the near future.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Although the exact date of their comeback is still unknown, the pair is said to be eager to start playing again.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ajaxct.com will keep you updated with the progress of their rehabilitation program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3237Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:15:00 +0200AjaxCT visits Baphumelele<div>The Ajax Cape Town players arrived at the Baphumelele Children&rsquo;s home in Khayelitsha to donate clothing etc to the children.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The children and staff lead by &ldquo;Mama Rose&rdquo; gave the Urban Warriors a warm welcome as the Ajax PRO Shooz Mekuto led his players into the complex.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz gave a brief account on how Baphumelele was established and how Ajax Cape Town got involved in the project. From humble beginnings in 1989, &ldquo;Mama Rose&rdquo; as she is affectionately known established a safe environment for about 230 children from the surrounding area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Mama Rose&rdquo; took centre stage and extended her thanks as well as the Thank You&rsquo;s of all the children in home; to the Ajax Cape Town players for not only donating the clothing on display but also for making the time and effort to visit Baphumelele.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mama Rose said, &ldquo;The efforts of Ajax Amsterdam and Ajax Cape Town helped us to be where we are today.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The relationship never faded over the years in fact it grew, last year my children from a program that is very close to my heart &ldquo;Child Headed Households&rdquo; was player escorts at an Ajax Cape Town game at the Cape Town Stadium.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thank You very much for the on-going relationship and the support, I hope that enjoy your visit here today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I did not believe that Ajax Cape Town would come and visit us, but you showed your compassion and humanity by keeping that promise.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the AjaxCT PRO said, &ldquo;We have kept our promise to you because we believe in giving back to the community that supports us.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The players and staff at Ajax Cape Town have also played their part by making a substantial donation of clothing, shoes and even football boots to the children.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will continue to support you in the work that you are doing here.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2004, an Ajax Amsterdam visited Cape Town and the delegation visited Baphumelele. The club and their partner&rsquo;s, ABN AMRO took an interest and made a sizable donation to assist the Home.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town continued the association with Baphumelele via hosting Christmas parties/activities for the kids, last year their party took place at the Cape Town Stadium and some of the children acted as player escorts for that game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Today we cement our relationship with our visit and the donation of clothing for the kids.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town will continue to foster relations with Baphumelele, doing whatever we can to help Mama Rose in her work within her community.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our ethos is &ldquo;No Youth, No Future&rdquo; and we will uphold that philosophy on and off the field of play.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 1989, Rosalia Mashale, &ldquo;Rosie&rdquo; to those around her, a trained primary school teacher, moved from the Eastern Cape to Khayelitsha in the Western Cape Province.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rosie was disturbed to see young children going through the rubbish dump in search for food while their parents were away during the day, either at work or in search of work.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>She responded by taking children into her home, and together with a group of women from the community, began looking after these unsupervised children. After the first week, 36 children had joined their charge.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The name given to this project was Baphumelele (pronounced: ba-poo-meh-leh-leh), a Xhosa word meaning &ldquo;you have progressed&rdquo;. From these humble beginnings Baphumelele Educare Centre was founded, which today is an established community cr&egrave;che and Grade R (preschool) caring for roughly 230 children aged three months to six years.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While the Educare Centre had developed a reputation for looking after children, Rosie also felt a calling to reach out to orphaned children in the community.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To that end, Baphumelele Children&rsquo;s Home was created as a place of safety for abandoned, abused, neglected or orphaned children, many of whom have been affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic or have HIV/AIDS themselves.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more info go to: - http://www.baphumelele.org.za/.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3236Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:47:00 +0200Serero arrives <div>Former Ajax Cape Town star Thulani Serero touched down in South Africa ahead of Bafana Bafana&rsquo;s match against Brazil on Wednesday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The pint-sized midfielder, along with Anele Ngcongca, was the last players to report for duty in the Bafana camp after they arrived from Amsterdam at O.R Thambo International Airport.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There were fears that Serero would pull out of the match after he sat out of two of Ajax Amsterdam&rsquo;s last three matches, but Head Coach Gordon Igesund has assured that the 24-year-old is fit.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I spoke to his coach [Frank de Boer] and he missed out the last league game and a cup game,&rdquo; said the Bafana coach.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They wanted to keep him fit for this last match on the weekend and he is fit. I am happy with that and he will fight for his place in the starting line-up.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Igesund now has all but two of his selected his players at his disposal as they gear up for the encounter against the five times World Champions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Text backpagemedia&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3235Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:22:00 +0200Ajax Cape Town's weekly diary<div>Ajax Cape Town's weekly diary</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Training daily @ 09h30&nbsp;</div> <div>Tuesday and Wednesday - SABC Soccer 411 will be at Ikamva</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wednesday -&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CSI 15 Days of Ajax Awareness - Clothing Donation Drive at Baphumelela, Khayelitsha</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bafana v Brazil (JHB)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thursday -&nbsp;</div> <div>Open Media Day</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Friday -&nbsp;</div> <div>National 2nd Division - Ajax Cape Town v Sakeni Utd, Ikamva at 19h00</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday -&nbsp;</div> <p>Free State Stars v Ajax Cape Town, Goble Park, Bethlehem @ 15h30&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3234Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:51:00 +0200Dolly - I was given a free role<div>Keagan Dolly had an outstanding game on Friday evening against Polokwane City.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The diminutive midfielder had a hand in both goals scored on the night; he scored one and delivered an inch-perfect pass into the run of Nathan Paulse who went on a solo run against the City defence before hitting the back of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Such was Dolly&rsquo;s contribution to the game that he was awarded the ABSA Premiership, &ldquo;Man of the Match&rdquo; Award.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dolly said, &ldquo;Before the game the coach told me to go out there and work hard.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I was given a free role to express myself, to play my game and to grab any chance to score. I was encouraged to shoot at goal whenever I was within range of the opposition&rsquo;s goal area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just before I scored the goal, I saw the space and when the ball bounced off the defender I told myself this is my opportunity. I fired the shot at goal and scored.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In previous games I got a lot of chances but I did not take them, this time I did and it hit the back of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My team-mates were very happy for me but most importantly, we got the result on the night.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3233Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:53:00 +0200Rivaldo - my debut was daunting<div>Rivaldo Coetzee is destined to make a name for himself in the football world.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The youngster made an impressive debut in Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s win against Polokwane City last Friday.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A number of local football aficionados waxed lyrically about his football intelligence, queried his age and asked if this game was his PSL debut.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Such was Rivaldo&rsquo;s contribution to his team&rsquo;s victory that not only did Ajax keep a clean sheet but the Ajax defence was solid against the visitor&rsquo;s attack.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Roger De Sa said after the game he had to remind himself that Rivaldo is only seventeen years old and that this was his first game at the top flight of South African football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The youngster was modest about his debut in the ABSA Premiership.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rivaldo said, &ldquo;It was daunting playing against the physical game-plan of Polokwane City. At first it was a tough but as the game continued I acclimatised and stuck to the task set-out by my coach.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My teammates helped me throughout the game. They spoke to me all the time and I found it very supportive.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It wasn&rsquo;t easy out there, I believe I could have done better but at least we got the three points and we did not concede.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The coach told me to expect a lot of physical battles, to go out there and do my best. He also said that I must think of my debut as just another game but on a higher level.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My goal is to get as much game time as possible for the remainder of the season.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3232Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:34:00 +0200Ajax sink Polokwane City<div>Ajax Cape Town beat Polokwane City 2-0 at the Athlone Stadium to move back into the top eight for the first time in 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Goals from Keagan Dolly and Nathan Paulse was secured the Urban Warriors all three points.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town was quick off the mark, their quick inter-passing and running off the ball caught City napping. Ernesto was first to test the City defence but he pulled his shot at goal wide of the target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It came as no surprise when Dolly ran onto a Nathan Paulse pass to open the scoring in the fifth minute when he slotted the ball past Modiri Marumo in goal for City.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors continued to pin the visitors in their own half, putting pressure on the player in possession, forcing the opposition to rush their passes and lose possession.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City forced the first save from Anssi in the 30th minute from a Moyana free-kick.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax continued to [play at a high tempo and this clearly bothered the visitors as they tried to slow the game down playing long diagonal balls to get behind the Ajax defence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thulani Hlatshwayo marshalled his defence well, containing the visitor&rsquo;s attacks and setting up the counter-attacks from within his own half. Mention must be given to AjaxCT debutant, Rivaldo Coetzee who at 17 years old was the youngest member of the Ajax side. He partnered Hlatshwayo in the centre of the Ajax defence.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The youngster read the game well against seasoned professionals</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The second half started in exciting fashion; Dolly won the ball in his own half and threaded an inch-perfect pass to Nathan Paulse. The lanky Ajax Cape Town striker ran through the City defence from the halfway line before cutting inside before unleashing a low drive past a diving Marumo to double AjaxCT&rsquo;s lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City continued to attack on the counter but Anssi and his defence denied the visitors at every turn.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carl Lark replaced Nathan Paulse and Losper replaced Bantu.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The pair injected freshness into the side with Lark testing the City keeper with a stinging drive from the edge of the area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With the clock winding down De Sa brought on Koen van de Lark in place of Ernesto. &nbsp;This was his first game in about six months.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town held onto their lead and the points to secure the win.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Keagan Dolly won the Man of the Match award.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3231Sat, 01 Mar 2014 00:28:00 +0200Rivaldo set for Ajax debut<div>Rivaldo Coetzee is set to make his Ajax Cape Town debut tonight when the Urban Warriors play Polokwane City at the Athlone Stadium on Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The youngster from Kakamas joined Ajax Cape Town after he spotted during at a youth tournament. He went on to captain the Urban Warriors to the Engen Knockout Challenge and Metropolitan Premier Cup titles, winning the &ldquo;Defender of the Tournament&rdquo; award in both competitions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last year Rivaldo and his team mates clinch the 2013 COPA Amsterdam Championship title in Amsterdam against Europes finest.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rivaldo was also a member of the Amajita COSAFA Under-20 Championship squad in Lesotho last year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Coetzee was expected to make his AjaxCT debut against Sundowns last week however his PSL card did not arrive ahead of that game; now with all the paperwork done he is expected to be included in the first eleven against Polokwane City on Friday night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Roger De Sa the Ajax Cape Town Head Coach said, &ldquo;From I have seen of Rivaldo he is a solid defender and he likes to defend get stuck in.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He came through the ranks and knows the AjaxCT system. Everybody at Ikamva knows him and talks highly of him.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He went to Amsterdam recently to train with their U19 team and got a very good report on his return.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I thought about reshuffling our defence due to the number injuries in the squad and chances are that we will play Rivaldo.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>That&rsquo;s the beauty of this club; they have excellent youngsters coming through their system.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rivaldo was due to play against Sundowns; however a registration issue prevented him from playing. Had he played, I don&rsquo;t think Nazeer Allie would have been injured but it is what it is. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We prefer keeping Musa at left back and slotting Rivaldo into his preferred centre-back role so that we don&rsquo;t make too many changes at the back.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Let&rsquo;s test the youngster, why not he has got to make his debut at some stage and this will be an ideal time under this circumstances. Give him a run straight away.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I watched him at training and he could be another great find from the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3230Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:18:00 +0200De Sa wary of Polokwane City<div>Ajax Cape Town Head Coach Roger De Sa is wary of his next opponents, Polokwane City.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The two sides meet at the Athlone Stadium on Friday 28 February in a crucial ABSA Premiership league encounter.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For Ajax Cape Town a win would be crucial in setting their sights on a top eight finish while the opposite would put the Urban Warriors in touching distance with the teams battling to steer clear of the relegation zone.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Sa said, &ldquo;From what I have seen of Polokwane City they are most likely to sit back and play on the counter-attack. At the back they very rigid and will probably lay very deep expecting us to come at them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have got to be very cautious and disciplined when we play against them and not get caught with a sucker-punch when everybody is going forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their danger players are the offensive players who play direct football with at pace.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City is a difficult team to break down, Solomons will have them structured and organised.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3229Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:38:00 +0200Key players to miss City game<div>Ajax Cape Town is hoping for some reprieve with good news from their medical department after injuries and suspensions reduced the squad to eighteen players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors suffered a massive setback after the Sundowns game, losing three key players in Isaacs, Scott and Allie.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Isaacs was sent off after he was shown a second yellow card late in the game, while Scott had to be replaced after a clash of heads that resulted in the Ajax player being stretchered-off. Allie reported to the Ajax medical department after the game and the news was not very good.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s head coach Roger De Sa said, &ldquo;We have been reduced to 18 players due to injuries and suspensions after the Sundown&rsquo;s game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dominic Isaacs is out he was sent off for a second bookable offence and the injury situation of Granwald Scott and Nazeer Allie is a big worry for us.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The squad is very thin, we only have eighteen players available and I would need to select my first eleven from amongst the eighteen.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Yes it makes my job a bit easier. It&rsquo;s the easiest selection problem I had in the last 2 years but it&rsquo;s not ideal, these are the eighteen available so I have to deal with it.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Out are Brandon Petersen, Granwald Scott, Nazeer Allie, Dominic Isaacs, Eleazar Rogers, Koen Van De Laak, Cole Alexander, Franklin Cale and Travis Graham.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The last two players are out with long term injuries and they are making good progress with their rehabilitation program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nazeer Allie has a hamstring strain. You run the risk of either playing him and losing him for six weeks or resting him and have him available for the next six weeks.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>So that&rsquo;s where he is at this time, I think that after he came back from injury he played too much consecutive games. In an ideal scenario he would have rested against Sundowns but we don&rsquo;t have options at that time.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We had to play him, as Rivaldo&rsquo;s registration was not through at the time. It was always risky and Allie&rsquo;s injury was unfortunate.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Granwald Scott was stretchered off against Sundowns after a clash of heads. Scott had to leave the field for immediate medical attention and he will not be available for the next game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These are players who can make a difference.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I believe there is still enough talent here to play well and to see us through.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3228Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:22:00 +0200WFA Coaches Course @ Ikamva<div>The World Football Academy, South Africa held a three-day coaches course at Ikamva.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The course was presented by the internationally renowned, Raymond Verheijen.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Verheijen, primarily a fitness coach, wrote a book called the &ldquo;Complete Handbook of Conditioning for Soccer.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He was a member of the coaching staff of the Netherlands, South Korean and Russian national teams at three FIFA World Cups and European Championships, under Guus Hiddink.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>More than 60 coaches from as far as Gauteng attended the Basic and Advanced Periodization Course.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Included in the group were coaches and trainers from local Youth Academies, Mvela &amp; National Second Division league teams; e.g. UCT FC, FC Cape Town, Kaizer Chiefs, Platinum Stars, and Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy Coaches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors delegation consisted of Ajax Cape Town coaches comprised of Maahier Davids, David Kannemeyer, Duncan Crowie, Stanton Smith, Grant Smidt, Justin Hamburger and Kosta Scholiados.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The next generation of Cape Town footballers will no doubt receive a big boost from those enriched with international knowledge during this course, and the World Football Academy will look to hosting more international courses in the future.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3227Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:32:00 +0200AjaxCT @ Yvonne Parfit Retirement Village.<div>The &quot;15 Days of Ajax Awareness&quot; CSI project by Ajax Cape Town will visit the Yvonne Parfit Place, Old Age Home in Westridge, Mitchells Plain today.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The players chose the Yvonne Parfit Retirement Village to activate their event in &quot;15 Days of Ajax Awareness&quot; CSI project.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lead by team captain Dominic Isaacs, Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s delegation included Lance Davids, Aidan Jennicker, Abbubaker Mobara, Carl Lark, Tashreeq Morris and Nathan Paulse.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Assisted by MNI Catering, the Ajax Cape Town players hosted a lunch for the residents of the retirement village.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On arrival team captain Dominic Isaacs, led his players into the hall and proceeded to meet and greet the residents. As soon as the meals were dished, the players proceeded to serve their guests with food and refreshments.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dominic took centre stage and thanked the residents for attending the Ajax Cape Town players lunch, he then introduced the Ajax players in attendance specifying the suburb of Mitchell&rsquo;s Plain where each player comes from, Carl Lark &ndash; Eastridge, Isaacs, Davids, Morris and Jenniker &ndash; Westridge and Mobara &ndash; Woodlands while Paulse hails from Athlone.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After a hearty meal the residents thanked the Ajax players for coming to the Yvonne Parfit Retirement Village and requested that the players return with the rest of the squad in the near future.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3226Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:28:00 +0200Ajax Awareness from Delft to Mitchells Plain<div>The &quot;15 Days of Ajax Awareness&quot; CSI project by Ajax Cape Town will visit the Yvonne Parfit Place, Old Age Home in Westridge, Mitchells Plain today at 13h30.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Dominic Isaacs, Lance Davids, Aidan Jennicker, Cole Alexander, Abbubaker Mobara, Carl lark, Toriq Losper, Tashreeq Morris and Nathan Paulse &nbsp;will be hosting a lunch for the residents at the home.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The &quot;15 Days of Ajax Awareness&quot; CSI project has already hosted a series of events including the Elsies River and Gugulethu street soccer tournaments, a kiddies Christmas party for Baphumelele Home for Children, football coaching clinics at various Cape Flats schools as well as at Salesians, Green Point to name a few.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town is also planning to roll-out a soccer clinic in Delft, a street soccer tournament in Bontehuewel, a clothing donation drive for Baphumelele Children&rsquo;s Home and a visit to a local kiddies&rsquo; hospital amongst other events.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The club celebrated their 15th Birthday recently and in true Ajax Cape Town fashion they decided to celebrate by giving back to their communities via the &quot;15 Days of Ajax Awareness&quot; CSI Project.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town is actively involved in their local communities via the AjaxCT &ldquo;Kick&rsquo;n Learn&rdquo; program that is rolled out across the Cape Peninsular in conjunction with SAPS across the Cape Peninsula to local schools and communities by a dedicated crew of Ajax Cape Town coaches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The &quot;15 Days of Ajax Awareness&quot; diary for this week is as follows;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Monday 24th February, 2014 &ndash; Ajax Cape Town players are hosting a lunch for residents at the Yvonne Parfit Old Age Home, Westridge Mitchells Plain.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wednesday, 26th February, 2014 &ndash; Street Soccer Tournament in Bontehuewel Avenue, Bontehuewel.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thursday, 27th February, 2014 &ndash; Coaching Clinics by Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Community Scheme in Delft</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3225Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:32:00 +0200De Sa impressed <div>New Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa said that despite losing 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup he is positive about his new players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax went down to a second half thunderbolt by Rodney Ramagalela at Athlone Stadium in the opening game of the Nedbank Cup.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We were a bit more positive in the second half and it was a cracking goal to lose by wasn&rsquo;t it? Overall I was pretty impressed and it was a good exercise for me as a new coach,&rdquo; De Sa said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We were a lot better today than our league game against Sundowns and the guys will get better.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Hopefully we can keep getting some positive results and we won&rsquo;t play against much better teams than this Sundowns team. So I am looking forward to the hard work ahead for us now.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Defender and man of the match Nazeer Allie said: &ldquo;They (Sundowns) have brilliant strikers so we tried to contain them. The whole team did well and we take the positives out the game for the next one.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We knew they would come at us in the second half and so we tried to get them on the break and put the ball behind them. But it did not work.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Goalkeeper Brandon Petersen had this to say: &ldquo;We knew they were going to come at us. But the guys did well and the defence did well. They (Sundowns) got one chance and they finished it.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&ldquo;Thanks to the coach for giving me the chance to play and I had not played for a while so I was happy to grab my chance with both hands.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>text: backpagemedia</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3224Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:20:00 +0200Solitary goal K/O's Ajax<div>A 60th minute strike by Rodney Ramagalela secured Mamelodi Sundowns a 1-0 win over Ajax Cape Town at the Athlone Stadium in the first round of the 2014 Nedbank Cup on Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sundown&rsquo;s got off to a bright start with action on both ends of the field, however Sundowns was forced to make their first substitution at the seven minute mark when Katlego Mashego pulled up with a groin injury and was replaced by Ramagalela.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sundowns enjoyed the majority of the possession in the opening minutes of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was Sundowns who created the first opening of the game, Khama Billiat fired over the cross-bar from outside the area.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 29th minute, Teko Modise tested Brandon Petersen in goal for Ajax, the youngster was alert to the danger and palmed Modise&rsquo;s shot wide of his goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Petersen was tested again minutes later when Laffor fired a low shot at goal, the Ajax keeper reacted quickly to keep the Sundowns strikers shot out of his net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax were more direct in the second half, taking the game to Sundowns with Dolly and Ernesto making penetrating runs down the visitors flanks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s offensive game-plan in the second half it was Sundowns who broke the deadlock when Ramagalela hit the back of the net with a looping shot from 20m.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors suffered another set-back in the 65th minute when Granwald Scott was stretchered off after a clash of heads that opened a wound that required stitches. Cole Alexander joined the fray and he soon had the Downs defence retreating with penetrating his passes into the Downs area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax were reduced to ten men in the last quarter of the game when Dominic Isaacs was shown his second yellow of the game resulting in his sending-off.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town continued to fight their way back into the game, Eleazar Rogers having the best chance to equalise when he found space at the far post but his header flew wide of the target to the despair of the Ajax fans.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Downs progress to the last 16 round of the Nedbank Cup while Ajax Cape Town will redirect their focus on their ABSA Premiership game against Polokwane City on February 28, 2014 at 20h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3222Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:15:00 +0200Ajax, Downs renew Cup rivalry<div>Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns will meet in the Last 32 of the Nedbank Cup for a second successive season. The teams clash at Athlone Stadium on Friday, 21 February 2014, kick-off at 20h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape side and the Tshwane giants crossed swords in the first round of the 2013 Nedbank Cup and it was the Brazilians who came out on top, winning 1-0 after extra time thanks to a goal from Tebogo Langerman.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>That game was the seventh cup meeting of the two teams. Each side has claimed two wins and there have been three draws. However, the trio of tied games have all been decided by penalties and Ajax holds a 3-0 record in that respect. The Cape side also famously beat &lsquo;Downs in the final of the 2007 Absa Cup (a forerunner of the Nedbank Cup) in the teams&rsquo; only cup final meeting.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Overall, the teams have faced off 37 times in all competitions and the Brazilians have an edge in the head-to-head record, with 13 wins compared to 11 for the Urban Warriors. Sundowns have put together a six-game unbeaten streak against Ajax, including an entertaining 3-2 win when the teams met in the league this past weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sundowns, winners of the Nedbank Cup in 2008, reached the final again in 2012 (losing to Tshwane rivals SuperSport United) and got as far as the quarterfinals last year before being eliminated by Platinum Stars.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They have endured a lengthy period without a trophy and will target the 2014 Nedbank Cup as an opportunity to end their silverware drought. However, Ajax will be aiming for revenge, not only for last season&rsquo;s first round exit, but also the league defeat last weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors have had an inconsistent season, but a strong run in the Nedbank Cup would not only enliven their hopes of silverware, but could also have an uplifting effect on their league form as they look to rise up the PSL table.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3221Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:03:00 +0200De Sa appointed Ajax Cape Town coach<div>Ajax Cape Town is proud to announce that Roger De Sa has been appointed as the Head Coach of the club.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou, Executive Director at Ajax Cape Town said, &ldquo;After a long deliberation and thorough analysis of all the applications that we have received, we believe that we have found the right man to steer us forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have agreed terms with Roger and he has accepted the position of Head Coach at Ajax Cape Town until 2016.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Roger has proved himself as an astute coach with a good understanding of South African football, having coached at Bidvest Wits (twice), Santos and Orlando Pirates. He supports youth development, which is fundamental to Ajax Cape Town future plans and has during his time at Wits introduced many youth players who have succeeded internationally and in the PSL.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 2002/3 season Roger won the PSL Coach of the Year award while at the reins of Bidvest Wits.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He also coached at national level having assisted Carlos Quieroz as a Goalkeeper Coach.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last season Roger took his team to three cup finals including the African Champions League Cup Final.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have a young squad and Roger is a players&rsquo; coach having played the game at professional level with Moroka Swallows, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits. His experience as a player gives him a distinct advantage as a coach.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We welcome Roger to Ikamva and will give him all the support he needs.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Roger De Sa was born into a football family in Maputo, Mozambique, his father (a goalkeeper) played for Sporting Lisbon between 1956 and 1960.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Roger holds the distinction of having represented South Africa at three sporting codes; Basketball, Indoor Soccer and Football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He captained both Sundowns and Swallows during his time as a player at both clubs. In 2010 Da Sa won the Nedbank Cup with Bidvest Wits.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3220Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:42:00 +0200Announcement immenent - Efstathiou<div>Ajax Cape Town's Ari Efstathiou has confirmed that the club will make announcement on the new coach soon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;We made it clear that we want to appoint an experienced head coach. We are going to make an announcement soon,&quot; said Efstathiou</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;I would like to say at this point that we first need clarity from Amsterdam and we have been speaking for the last three weeks. We have interviewed the possible candidates and think we have found a match, and then we will make a statement.&quot;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3219Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:45:00 +0200Taylor pleased with Ajax performance<div>Ian Taylor is more than pleased with his players&rsquo; performance against Orlando Pirates at the Athlone Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The interim coach fielded a team that excluded his team captain Dominic Isaacs, out due to a suspension after collecting three yellow cards.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To solve his central defensive puzzle, Taylor paired Hlatshwayo and Allie in the centre-back position will Lolo and Jenniker out on the flanks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mobara joined Sangweni in the middle of the park with Ernesto, Paulse, Lark and Dolly leading the attack.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Taylor picked out the performances of Dolly and Tyson as outstanding in ensuring that the Urban Warriors collected at least a point from this game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Taylor said, &ldquo;We had a very good first half, we created the best chances of the game and kept possession very well.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pirates were more offensive in the second half but we coped well with the pressure.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I must point out that Dolly and Tyson were outstanding on the night. Dolly caused Pirates all sorts of problems throughout the game. He combined well with Ernesto, Paulse and Lark.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At the back Tyson and Allie did well to keep Pirates strikers in check and his goal-line clearance was the moment of the game that we can say secured us the point.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3218Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:36:00 +0200adidas derby ends in goalless draw<div>Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates played to a goalless draw at the Athlone Stadium on Tuesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both teams have their goalkeepers to thank for the point earned on the evening. For Pirates Senzo Meyiwa made at least three good saves off Paulse, Lark and Dolly while Anssi Jaakkola pulled off great saves from Mtalaba and Erasmus.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax settled quickly and Dolly troubled his marker with darting runs into the Pirates final third, giving Paulse and Lark space to attack the Pirates defence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The ploy worked well when Dolly cut in from the by-line to send a dangerous ball across the Pirates goal area Paulse headed down to Lark who fires on the volley forcing Meyiwa to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Pirates were on the opposite end with Klate sending a dangerous cross to the far post, Jenniker rose above his opposite number to head clear, conceding a corner in the process.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax broke on the counter-attack with Dolly threading the ball through to an onrushing Paulse, Meyiwa reacted fast to beat Paulse to the ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Paulse did het his glancing header on target only to see Meyiwa pull-off the save of the game, diving to his right grabbing at the ball with both hands to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the second half, the combination of Sangweni and Mobara in the middle of the park forced Pirates to attack from deep in their own half but the final ball into the Ajax penalty area was often off the mark or intercepted by Allie and Tyson, playing as the central defensive pairing for Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mobara created the next opening when he broke clear on the left forcing the Pirates captain Lekgwathi to clear the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was Pirates who came closest to scoring when substitute, Pelembe forced Jaakkola into action with a stinging shot at goal from range.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax pressed forward in search of the games&rsquo; opening goal however they were denied by resolute defending.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors almost came undone in the closing minutes of the game when Klate found space to fire in his shot at goal only to see the Ajax captain on the night, Thulani Hlatshwayo clear the ball off the goal-line with a dramatic overhead clearance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town have just a few days to focus on their Nedbank Cup clash against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Athlone Stadium on Friday evening, kick-off is at 20h00</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town: Jaakkola, Lolo, Allie, Hlatshwayo, Jenniker (Lebusa 71&rsquo;), Mobara, Telinho, Sangweni, Lark (Mzawkali 59&rsquo; replaced by Scott 88) Paulse, Dolly</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Orlando Pirates: Meyiwa, Lekgwathi, Matlaba, Jele, Gcaba, Erasmus (Pelembe 60&rsquo;), Masuku (Malongoane 70&rsquo;), Manyisa, Myeni, Klate (Segolela 86&rsquo;), Ntshumayelo</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3217Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:06:00 +0200Losper extends Ajax contract<div>Ajax Cape Town is proud to announce that Toriq Losper has put pen to paper and confirmed his commitment to Ajax Cape Town till 2017.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Toriq Losper is an Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy product who was scouted from Kenpark United at the age of nine years-old. He is an attacking midfielder and an exciting player to watch, comfortable on the ball with great skill and vision.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Losper signed his professional status with Ajax Cape Town in January 2012 after making a good impression during his time in the Ajax Reserve team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2012, Losper exploded onto the local football scene making 22 appearances for the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou, Executive Director at Ajax Cape Town said, &ldquo;We are very pleased to have secured the services of Toriq Losper and fits perfectly into our vision of challenging for league honours in 2016 with players coming through our youth academy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He is one of our brightest young talents whom we have nurtured since his arrival at Ikamva.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are on course in stabilising our team by securing the services of all our key players especially those who embody the Ajax Cape Town ethos.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Toriq is another Ajax Youth Academy player to pledge his future with this club and that bodes well for the club&rsquo;s future plans.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3216Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:51:00 +0200Ajax v Pirates match preview<div>Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates will both look to return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they meet at the Athlone Stadium on Tuesday, 18 February 2014, kick-off at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax suffered a fourth loss from their last five league matches when they went down 3-2 away to Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape Town side has claimed 16 points from their nine home matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Polokwane City (home), Free State Stars (away) and University of Pretoria (home).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 22 points from 18 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pirates suffered a second successive league loss on Saturday, going down 1-0 at Polokwane City.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Soweto side has claimed eight points from their five away matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Mamelodi Sundowns (away), Free State Stars (home) and University of Pretoria (away).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Buccaneers are placed seventh on the Absa Premiership log with 23 points from 14 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Pirates have met in 29 league matches since 1999/2000.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bucs have 16 wins compared to six for the Urban Warriors, while seven matches have been drawn.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax has won four of 14 home matches against Pirates down the years, suffering five defeats in the process.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When the teams met earlier this season, Bucs won 2-1 at home thanks to goals from Masuku and Matlaba.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3215Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:39:00 +0200MTN/Ajax hosts dressing room Xperience<div>MTN and Ajax Cape Town hosted an &ldquo;AjaxCT Dressing Room Xperience&rdquo; for a guest list that included local media and select MTN guests at the Athlone Stadium today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Also in attendance were Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Dominic Isaacs, Lance Davids, Granwald Scott and Albert Hendricks (kit man).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The event kicked-off as the guests, waiting in a holding area were escorted into the Ajax Cape Town dressing room already prepared by Albert Hendricks for tomorrows &ldquo;adidas Derby.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Resplendent with shirts hanging in order of where the selected players would be seated, the guests were allowed to pose next to their favourite players shirts and/or sit in his seat. Some were lucky enough to have their favourite players in attendance when Isaacs, Davids and Scott entered the dressing room.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The excitement of having the trio of AjaxCT players&rsquo; present prompted &ldquo;selfies&rdquo; or pic&rsquo;s with the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto, the Ajax Cape Town PRO welcomed the guests and explained the roll-out of the day&rsquo;s events.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dominic Isaacs, the Ajax captain explained his role in the dressing room leading up a game as well dressing room rituals amongst his players while Lance Davids entertained the guests with his role as the &ldquo;Fine Collector&rdquo; amongst his teammates as well as assisting the captain as a senior player in the dressing room.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Davids concluded with a comparison of pre-match situations between in Europe to that of South Africa explaining in detail how some players would draw inspiration from each other and/or whether they prefer to focus on the game in isolation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Granwald Scott spoke about his experience as an Ajax Youth Academy player promoted to the PSL team, entering the dressing for the first time detailing the pressure and expectations heaped on his shoulders. However, he added that the senior players nurtured him on his debut.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Scott also spoke about the mood of the dressing room ahead of a game, giving the media and guests a better understanding of the life of a professional player and the pressures that they have to deal with.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last but not least, Albert Hendricks the AjaxCT kit-man gave the guests an insight into his world. He spoke about what is expected of him from the players and management as well as what it takes to ensure that &ldquo;his&rdquo; team is correctly attired for every occasion.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Albert also spoke about the early days of professional football in South Africa and how the game evolved on and off the field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After a brief question and answer session the guests and players enjoyed snacks and refreshments courtesy of Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s title sponsors MTN.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3214Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:23:00 +0200We have the edge - Scott<div>Granwald Scott is upbeat about Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s chances ahead of the adidas derby against Orlando Pirates at the Athlone Stadium on Tuesday evening. The game starts at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite a loss to Sundown&rsquo;s last week, Scott knows that winning this game is important to Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s quest to finish in the top eight this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;Although we did not have much time to prepare for this game, I am confident that we can overcome the challenge from Pirates tomorrow evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s our home game and that&rsquo;s enough motivation for us. We have a good record at the Athlone Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The players know what&rsquo;s at stake, we need the points and we want to finish in the top eight. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax and Pirates have a number of common factors coming into this game; both teams lost their last game, both teams are struggling with consistency and both teams lost their respective coaches recently.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite all this I believe we have the edge going into this game, we have home ground advantage, the players are motivated to fight for a positive result and I believe they may be a bit tired because Pirates have played a number of fixtures in a short space of time in order to catch-up on their remaining fixtures.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We a good tactical session today and our preparations continue with a team meeting tonight and a final session tomorrow.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At the end of the day it&rsquo;s up to us players to do the job, our technical has confidence in us and now we need to go out there and do the job.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3213Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:06:00 +0200Ajax pay the penalty<div>Ajax Cape Town lost 3-2 to Mamelodi Sundowns at the Loftus Stadium on Saturday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was dominated by the five penalties awarded on the night, the first was awarded after Tyson was adjudged to have fouled Modise, Jaakkola kept his side in the game by making a great save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sundowns took the lead ten minutes later when Nthethe headed home from close range (1-0). Mashego doubled the lead for the home team from the penalty spot minutes later after Zungu went down under a challenge from Grandwald Scott.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just before the break Zungu hit the woodwork from the edge of the area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Within the first minute of the second half, the match official awarded his third penalty of the game after Moon and Schut combined their efforts to foul Lark as they challenged for an aerial ball. Paulse stepped up to hit the back of the net to pull Ajax back into the game (2-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 56th minute of the game, Mashego hashed an opportunity to extend Sundowns lead when he struck his penalty kick against the cross-bar.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anthony Laffor did not make the same mistake as his teammate when he headed home from a corner-kick to give Sundowns a two-goal lead (3-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With the clock winding down Ajax substitute, Lance Davids scored the game&rsquo;s fifth penalty, reducing the deficit to one goal (3-2).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>No sooner was the penalty scored when the match official blew the final whistle, thereby ensuring Sundowns all three points on the night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Two players were shown yellow cards on the night, Isaacs for Ajax and Modise for Sundowns.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors play Orlando Pirates on Tuesday 18 February at the Athlone Stadium. Kick-off is at 19h30</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3212Sat, 15 Feb 2014 23:56:00 +0200My players can do the job - Taylor<p class="MsoNormal">Ian Taylor believes that he has the players to take on Sundowns; however the interim Ajax Cape Town coach is wary of a star-studded Sundowns side.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town fresh from their win over Wits last Friday travel to Pretoria to play Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday evening at the Loftus Stadium. Kick-off is at 20h15.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sundowns also had a morale boosting win in their last game when they beat Pirates 1-0 courtesy of <span style="background:#F2F2F2">Hlompho Kekana&rsquo;s</span> solitary goal.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Taylor said, &ldquo;I know it won&rsquo;t be easy against Sundowns, they are a quality team however we have the players who can do the job for us. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The arrival of Carl Lark and Sangweni with the return of Scott, Allie and Koen van de Laak from injury has given me excellent options in vital areas of play.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Lark has shown that he has the quality to play at this level while Sangweni is a quality player. I could not play Sangweni against Amazulu as he just arrived at Ikamva two days earlier, however against Wits he was outstanding. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Nazeer Allie is an amazing player, he is able to slot in at any position on the right side of our defence, he reads the game well and his attacking prowess adds bite to our offensive play.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>Our plan for Sundowns is not to man-mark their players but rather for each Ajax player to guard his position using a zonal marking system. They switch positions through-out the game so we have to be alert for 90 minutes.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3211Sat, 15 Feb 2014 10:03:00 +0200Ajax players graduate <div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s U19 Fulltime players have graduated after completing Level 1 of Prozone&rsquo;s (Amisco)/Ajax video analyst program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The players were divided into 2 groups and presented a match analysis that was sent to the Prozone /Amisco head office in Leeds UK where it was assessed.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town is proud to announce that they have all graduated.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax players presented their work at their graduation ceremony at Ikamva to representatives of Prozone (Amisco), Ajax Management and Directors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They presented their findings using a power-point presentation explaining in great detail how they arrived at their conclusions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Corn&eacute; Groenendijk, the Head of Youth at Ikamva praised the players for their work and on graduating to the next level of this course.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;I just want to congratulate the boys on work well done, you have accomplished a well-deserved 100% pass-rate.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are proud of your accomplishments and would like to encourage you to continue your education on and off the field of play.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This course enables you to pursue a career connected to the game once your days of football come&rsquo;s to an end.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I would like to thank all involved especially the staff of Prozone (Amisco).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Well Done!&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3210Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:54:00 +0200More goals to come - Lark<div>Carl Lark has issued a warning to rival clubs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town striker was upbeat about scoring his first goal for the club in Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s 1-0 win against Bidvest Wits last Friday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;The welcome I received was a good one, the players here are very friendly and I have settled in.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Playing in the PSL is a great experience for me and I just wanted to show what I can do.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>(On the first goal) When I saw Nathan chip the ball into the penalty area, I anticipated the ball hitting Booth in his midriff, he had to make he did not handle the ball. I wanted to see where the rebound would fall. Lucky for me it was into my path so, I made sure to get my shot on target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Scoring against Wits was just an indication of what is to come.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We play Sundowns and Pirates next and I am looking forward to these games. I have not played against them before, so for them I am an unknown entity. I just want to show what I can do and score goals.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I have settled into Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s game plan and it suits me to play this kind of football. I have also come to know what is expected of me by my teammates and the technical team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The training sessions are easier now that I know the game plans and can read what my teammates are about to do in specific situations.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s a great experience for me to play at Ikamva.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3209Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:55:00 +0200Allie happy to be playing again<div>Nazeer Allie made his comeback for Ajax Cape Town against Amazulu and despite the loss he was very happy to be playing again.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Allie was side-lined with a knee injury late last season and just when he thought all was well; he was advised to undergo another operation. This set-back has kept him out of the game for a further six months.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax defender was nursed to match fitness and with a few pre-season friendlies under his belt he was named in the starting line-up to face Amazulu, followed by another starting berth against Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s recent win over Bidvest Wits.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Allie was upbeat and said, &ldquo;Playing again is an amazing feeling. Being part of the team and just knowing that I was named in the first eleven was enough motivation for me to do well.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the first game against Amazulu, I did well over the 80 minutes but could feel a bit of strain in the last quarter of the game and that was obvious because I never played for such a long time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the second game, we knew playing against Wits was going to be a tough, because both teams were aiming for a win.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am looking forward to the remainder of the season and I will be keen to play but it&rsquo;s up to the coach to select his team.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3208Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:52:00 +0200Suite package special<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">Make February 18<sup>th</sup>, 2014 a special evening, entertain your friends, family, business colleagues and/or clients in a suite at the Ajax Cape Town v Orlando Pirates game at the Athlone Stadium.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">For just R225 you will get a 20 seater suite with parking, light snacks and a cash bar.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">Bookings close on Friday 14<sup>th</sup> February at 10h00; 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they fought hard, they battled and they won every second ball out there. It was all heart and passion at the end of the day that got us the win.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It couldn&rsquo;t be better, that 20 point mark is critical for us. We lost during the week [to AmaZulu], but from here it is progress- we have to keep going.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits were the stronger team on the day despite having seen Kofi Dankwae sent off just before the interval and Taylor admits sometimes a hard fought coupled with an unflattering display is necessary.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&ldquo;We won ugly but we lost pretty against AmaZulu. There are times when you have to play ugly and there are times where you have to play pretty,&rdquo; concluded the young coach. &nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3205Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:31:00 +0200Sithole - Ajax a stepping stone to Europe<div>AJAX Cape Town FC bound Simba Sithole is on cloud nine after his break into Africa&rsquo;s lucrative ABSA Premiership in South Africa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 24-year-old Warriors striker who scored one goal in the just ended Chan tournament in South Africa said he is looking forward to finding his feet at the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sithole penned a two-year deal with Ajax Cape Town on Thursday after getting blessings from his parent club How Mine FC who were busy on Friday trying to get the International Transfer Clearance for the player.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last Friday Sithole underwent a medical examination in Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Speaking from Cape Town on Saturday night, Sithole who went for trials at Durban&rsquo;s AmaZulu last season thanked national team coach Ian Gorowa for giving him a chance to shine.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;To be honest, I never saw this (signing for Ajax Cape Town) coming. It is rare for someone to get an opportunity like this because I never went for trials and they just snapped me like that. I really thank God,&rdquo; said Sithole.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Every time I went onto the field during the Chan tournament what I wanted was to help the team win at all costs, unfortunately or fortunately I only managed to score a single goal when we beat Burkina Faso 2-1.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I think Ajax Cape Town was impressed with my work rate in the national team when I played as a lone striker and managed to keep defenders on their toes throughout.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I give credit to Gorowa. He gave me a chance to shine in the national team and look now I have moved to greener pastures. I am really looking forward to a fruitful stay at Ajax Cape Town and I will continue working hard.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sithole said Ajax Cape Town could be a stepping stone for him to move abroad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town enjoys cordial relations with their sister club Ajax Amsterdam of the Netherlands and the bald headed striker will be hoping to impress foreign clubs during his two-year stay at Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sithole will not be returning with the Warriors today as he is scheduled to meet his new employers and will come to Bulawayo on Wednesday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The player who draws inspiration from Cote d&rsquo;Ivoire legend Didier Drogba was part of How Mine&rsquo;s squad for the Caf Orange Confederation Cup and believes that the club can still do well in his absence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I will be home on Wednesday to sort out a few things, bid farewell to my teammates and the club. I enjoyed my stay at How Mine and I will always be grateful to the club for giving me an opportunity to showcase my talent.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I wish them the best in the domestic league as well as the Caf Orange Confederation Cup campaign,&rdquo; Sithole said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He scored six goals in his 25 league appearances for How Mine last season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sithole was born at How Mine hospital and attended Amaswazi Primary School in Magwegwe before completing his secondary school education at How Mine.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He started his career at the gold mine in 2007 when the team was in the Zifa Bulawayo Metropolitan Province&rsquo;s Division Two.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2008 he moved to Monomotapa before joining Railstars the following year.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He moved to Hippo Valley in 2010 and returned to How Mine in 2011 and helped them win promotion into the Premiership after being crowned 2012 Zifa Southern Region Division One Soccer League champions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>How Mine FC chairman Mlondolozi Nkomo could not be drawn into revealing the financial details about Sithole&rsquo;s move.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He wished the player well at Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are humbled that in just a season in the topflight we have managed to have a player attracting a big club like Ajax Cape Town. We are happy for Sithole and this development speaks volumes of How Mine because he was born and nurtured in this community and we pride ourselves about his breakthrough.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As for financial details, we want Ajax Cape Town to unveil him and after that I think they will reveal the details of the deal. What I can tell you is that it was a reasonable deal and after the opportunity came we didn&rsquo;t want to stand in his way,&rdquo; said Nkomo.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Article: Ricky Zililo Senior Sports Reporter, The Chronicle&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3204Sat, 08 Feb 2014 09:45:00 +0200Ajax beat Wits<div>Ajax Cape Town claimed their first Absa Premiership win of 2014 when they edged out a 10-man Bidvest Wits side at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The away side put out a valiant display and dominated a large portion of possession as they fell to a fifth minute goal by Carl Lark which proved to be decisive to put Ajax on the brink of eight place.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A chance fell immediately for the home side when Carl Lark was sent a ball on the right flank. He burst into the box and got the better of his marker, only to see his shot scuffed wide of the post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But it took Lark only until the fifth minute for him to break the deadlock. Matthew Booth failed to clear a first time ball which fell to Nathan Paulse, who then pulled it back to the new signing as he fired it into the back of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits pushed forward too and Matthew Pattison tested Anssi Jaakkola with a powerful long-range drive which the Finish shot-stopper got on the end of.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Midway through the half Matthew Booth was perhaps guilty of wasting a good opportunity when a corner kick was floated into the box and over his teammate Papy Faty. The set-piece met his head but the former Ajax defender could only see his effort bounce to the ground and turn wide of the post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits nearly drew level in the 34th minute thanks to Onismor Bashera&rsquo;s insistence. The player ran at an Ajax defender&rsquo;s feet only to see his ball loop over towards goal, forcing Jaakkola to make a last ditch save with his finger-tips.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Clever Boys were having the lion&rsquo;s share of the possession but struggled to find the equalizer they had been searching for, seeing them walk into the break chasing a lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Things started to turn nasty in the final stages of the half and it saw Dankwae Kofi sent off. The midfielder was guilty of elbowing Abbubaker Mobara in the face and was shown an instant red car.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Asive Langwe was brought on after the break in place of Pattison, before Jaakkola was again at full stretch to beat away another Wits corner at the near post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Parity was nearly restored in the 50th minute when when Bhasera fired a powerful strike from just outside the box which saw the &lsquo;keeper tip it out of play with the slightest of touches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It should have been 2-0 to Ajax three minutes later. Wits were caught on the counter and it allowed for Keagan Dolly to burst into the box and fire an effort over the bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The youngster looked to atone for his earlier miss when he struck a daisy-cutter in the 67th minute which went well wide of the far post, before Toriq Losper saw his stinging effort graze over the frame.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Gavin Hunt&rsquo;s men thought they had scored a goal when an attempt from a corner kick was cleared off the line in the final moments of the game, but the ball did not cross the line, and Ajax managed to hold on for a narrow yet crucial win.&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3203Sat, 08 Feb 2014 01:06:00 +0200Ajax aim for 3 Points<div>Ajax Cape Town will look to snap a losing streak in the Absa Premiership when they host Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on Friday, 07 February 2014, kick-off at 20h00.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax suffered a third successive league loss when they went down 1-0 away to AmaZulu in midweek.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape Town side has picked up 13 points from their eight home matches so far this season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Mamelodi Sundowns (away), Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City (both home).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Urban Warriors are placed 10th on the Absa Premiership log with 19 points from 16 matches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Orlando Pirates in midweek in their first competitive match of the year.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Johannesburg side has picked up 10 points from their seven away matches so far this season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are AmaZulu (away), Mamelodi Sundowns (home), Polokwane City (away).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Clever Boys are placed fifth on the Absa Premiership log with 25 points from 14 matches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Wits have met in 27 league matches since 1999/2000.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Clever Boys have nine wins compared to the Urban Warriors&rsquo; eight, while 10 matches have been drawn.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax have won five of their 13 home matches against Wits, suffering four defeats in the process.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>The Clever Boys are unbeaten in their last six league meetings with the Cape side, including a 1-0 home win earlier this season.&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3202Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:18:00 +0200Aidan extends contract to 2017<p>&nbsp;Ajax Cape Town is proud to announce that Aidan Jenniker has signed a contract extension until 2017.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The young left back is an Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy product having arrived at the club at the age of 13 years old. He rose through the ranks and was promoted to the PSL team in 2009 as an understudy to Brett Evans. Aidan was scouted from Westridge FC, Mitchells Plain in 2002.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He spent a brief spell on loan to Vasco da Gama in season 2010 &ndash; 2011 and returned to Ikamva at the end of that season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the departure of the AjaxCT legend Evans, Aidan made the left-back position his own and has since been the first-choice in that position. Aidan made 88 appearances for the Urban Warriors since his promotion in 2009.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou, Executive Director at Ajax Cape Town said, &ldquo;We are very proud to have concluded this deal.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It means a lot to the club to have players of the calibre of Aidan Jenniker at Ikamva.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He understands the ethos of Ajax Cape Town, he is one of our own and we will look after our home grown talents.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aidan has come a long way since he arrived at Ajax Cape Town as a 13 year-old and we are proud the have retained his services until 2017.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3201Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:39:00 +0200adidas derby shoot-out challenge<p>Stand a chance to <strong>represent Ajax Cape Town</strong> in the <strong>adidas derby final</strong> against Orlando Pirates Football Club and <strong>win R10 000</strong> in <strong>adidas vouchers!&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>We will be choosing <strong>3 lucky supporters</strong> to compete for the opportunity of taking on the Orlando Pirates fan who won their shoot-out challenge.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How it works:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>3 x Ajax Cape Town supporters </strong>will be selected to <strong>compete in a shoot-out challenge</strong> during <strong>half time</strong> at the <strong>Ajax Cape Town vs Bidvest Wits</strong> game on the <strong>7th February 2014.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Each Ajax Cape Town supporter will<strong> take penalties against an Ajax goal-keeper</strong> and should they not score they will be eliminated, the last supporter left standing will be declared the winner.</p> <p>The winner of this leg of the competition will go through to the a<strong>didas derby final</strong> on the <strong>18th February, 2014</strong> and compete against the Orlando Pirates fan in an<strong> ultimate shoot-out challenge</strong> to win R10 000 adidas vouchers, gear and more.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>To enter</strong>, you must be <strong>available for both Ajax Cape Town home matches</strong> in Cape Town and be <strong>over the age of 18</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>All you have to do to is<strong> post your full name, email address and contact number</strong> with <strong>&ldquo;#allinAjaxCT for the #adidasderby&rdquo; </strong>on <strong>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s facebook page (</strong><b>https://www.facebook.com/ajaxct?ref=hl)&nbsp;</b>to be selected for this competition.</p> <p>T&amp;C&rsquo;s apply, the judge&rsquo;s decision is final and the winners will be advised per telephone on Thursday06 February, 2014</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3200Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:02:00 +0200Late goal sinks Ajax<div>A late goal by Goodman Dlamini assured Amazulu all three points against Ajax Cape Town at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Amazulu enjoyed most of the possession in the opening stanza as they pinned Ajax Cape Town in their own half. Nyadombo came close to opening the score for Amazulu but his header flew over the bar from close range in the 11th minute of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later a chance fell for Manqana inside the box, the Ajax defence recovered to prevent him from shooting at goal. Amazulu continued to press forward resulting in Hlanti&rsquo;s shot at goal deflected for a corner.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax settled down and took the game to Amazulu, winning a free-kick after Shabalala fouled Morris and Dolly floated the ball into the Amazulu area forcing Ndulula to concede a corner. Dolly&rsquo;s resultant spot kick was intercepted and driven up-field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Nathan Paulse was yellow carded for impeding the Amazulu keeper, Zikalala.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Zikalala was the busier of the two keepers, a shot from Morris was parried wide then Paulse unleashed a snap-shot from the edge of the box and once again Zikalala was on hand to push the ball wide of his post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game swung to the opposite end of the field as Anssi Jaakkola was called into action saving consecutive shots from Dlamini and Hlanti respectively.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax started the second half on the offensive taking the game to the home team, Paulse&rsquo;s cross from the right found Morris who spurned the chance, firing his shot wide at the near post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game swung to the other end, Hlatshwayo made an important clearance off Manqana. Shaba played Ayanda into space but his pass was too strong for the Amazulu striker. The home team continued their offensive forcing Jaakkola to save shots from Macala and Dlamini.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax enjoyed an attacking spell of play, Allie pressed forward and his cross into the penalty area found Paulse whose header flew just wide of the post.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carl Lark, making his debut for Ajax Cape Town found Morris with a pin-point cross but the youngster&rsquo;s shot was off target, then Morris latched onto Allie&rsquo;s cross to force a save off Zikalala.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the last stanza of the game Hlanti&rsquo;s shot hit the bar, then his header grazed the cross-bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With five minutes left on the clock, Goodman Dlamini broke the deadlock and the hearts of the Ajax fans, by scoring the only goal of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town came close to equalising in extra time but Zikalala denied the Urban Warriors on three occasions; blocking Lark&rsquo;s header and shots from Morris and Rogers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AmaZulu win moves them to second place on 27 points from 18 matches, while Ajax remains in tenth place with 19 points from 16 matches.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3199Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:09:00 +0200Allie set to play<p class="MsoNormal">Nazeer Allie could make his first appearance for Ajax Cape Town this season when he was included in the travelling squad to play Amazulu in Durban on Tuesday evening.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Ajax defender was injured late last season and his recovery has been slow and arduous, it even scuppered his proposed move to Bidvest Wits at the start of the 2013/2014 season.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Allie has since made a full recovery and has played in Ajax Cape Town friendlies in January 2014, finishing a few games without any niggles and getting a clean bill of health from the Ajax medical department.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ian Taylor the interim coach of Ajax Cape Town said, &ldquo;Allie is ready to play, the question I need answered is &ldquo;Can he last 90 minutes?&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">He has played a number of pre-season games and came through unscathed. The big test is game-time in the PSL.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>He is a quality defender and when he is ready is able to slot into our defensive line in the middle or on the right flank.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3198Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:02:00 +0200Selection poser for Taylor<div>Ian Taylor faces a selection poser ahead of the game against Amazulu in Durban on Tuesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The interim Ajax coach left it late to announce his travelling squad for this game with the medical staff at Ikamva working overtime to get as much players as possible out on the training field ahead of this game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A key issue for Taylor is the possible unavailability of Granwald Scott who pulled-up with a niggling injury that has hampered his return to action. The Ajax midfield king-pin has been in excellent form for the Urban Warriors scoring in four of his last five pre-season games and hitting the back of the net against Pirates last week.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Another player that may not make the travelling squad is Bantu Mzwakali, the Ajax midfielder pulled up during training and is unlikely to be ready in time to play Amazulu. He is a direct player who troubles defenders with his pace and offensive style of play</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A positive is that Nazeer Allie and Abbubaker Mobara will be ready to travel for the game in Durban.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;After have key players recover from injury we are faced with a selection poser ahead of the Amazulu game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have lost the services of Scotty and Bantu through injury now we have to ask ourselves if Allie and Mobara can last for 90 minutes.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will finalise the squad as late as possible.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3197Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:36:00 +0200Ajax Awareness kicks off in Elsies River<div>The community of Donegal Court, Elsies River arrived in their numbers to support this sons participating in the Ajax Street Soccer tournament on Saturday morning.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This event was the first in Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s &ldquo;15 Days of Ajax Awareness&rdquo; program in celebration of the clubs 15 years since their launch.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town have set-up a number of outreach programs and events for the month of February as part of their &ldquo;15 Days of Ajax Awareness&rdquo; program and Saturday&rsquo;s 5-a-sdie street soccer tournament was the first event on the program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax marketing team arrived early on Saturday morning and immediately set to work branding and setting-up the soccer court.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The arrival of the team&rsquo;s signalled the supporters to set-up their spectator vantage points some enjoying the view from their balconies while others preferred the close proximity of the touch line.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Riyaad Khan, the Ajax Community Scheme program co-ordinator explained the rules of the tournament before the kick-off of the first game. The participating teams were Barcelona, White City FC, DC Kings, Carrowmore FC, Elsies FC, RAS FC, Urban Warriors and FC 39.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The competition was tough with many games won by the odd goal culminating with the final contested by White FC v FC 39. White City FC beat FC 39 2-1 in the final signalling a celebration note amongst the players and their supporters.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajaxct.com spoke to a local community leader Zorro. He said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s great for the community that Ajax Cape Town came here to activate their 15 Days of Awareness with a street soccer tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We as a community appreciate the efforts of a club like Ajax Cape Town for the work they are doing at schools in our area now they have also come out here to keep the youngsters active on a Saturday morning and keep them off the streets.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Elsies River is an impoverished community and not only has the Urban Warriors come to activate the street tournament; they have also brought some players here to inspire the kids to take up sport. Ajax scouts have identified two youngsters who have been invited to train at Ikamva and we hope that they make an impression to secure a place at Ikamva; this will really be a feather in the cap for our community.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The club has also provided a meal for all the children here today, as you know the unemployment rate is very high amongst our people and Ajax Cape Town took it upon themselves to give all the kids and some adults a meal today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We really appreciate the efforts of Ajax Cape Town to reach-out to their supporters in this manner.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3196Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:07:00 +020015 Days of AjaxCT Awareness<div>In celebration of 15 Years since their unveiling, Ajax Cape Town is launching&quot;15 Days of AjaxCT Awareness&quot; for the month of February 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town was launched in January 1999 and since their establishment the club has set the standard on and off the football field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since the establishment of Ajax Cape Town the club&rsquo;s policy of &quot;No Youth No Future&quot; has paid dividends with a number of their players making their way to Europe.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Youth Academy made its mark by producing more than 110 players at an average of seven players a year to the ranks of professional football in South Africa.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Off the field, Ajax Cape Town is renowned for the work that they do in their local community via the Ajax Cape Town Community Scheme using soccer as a vehicle to empower our youth with knowledge of the many opportunities available to them in sport,&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This project is activated across the Cape Flats and Township areas even as far as the Cape Winelands, to children regardless of race, gender, social status or disability. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town Community Scheme project is facilitated through structured programmes in a safe, fun, learning environment and has been implemented in more than 140 schools across the Western Cape reaching more than 8 000 children.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The project involves the Kick &lsquo;n Learn project and the Urban Soccer Project. While the Kick &lsquo;n Learn Project is primary school based, the Urban Soccer Project is community based.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During the month of February 2014 Ajax Cape Town will activate 15 Days of AjaxCT Awareness, this program includes a number of community outreach programs and team activations across the Western Cape.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 15 Days of AjaxCT Awareness program kicks off on Saturday 01 February, at Donegal Court in Elsies River where Ajax Cape Town will host a five-a-side street soccer tournament. The first game kicks off at 10h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3195Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:18:00 +0200Ajax hold onto Tyson<div>Despite attempts by Bidwest Wits to snatch Thulani Hlatshwayo from Ikamva before the close of the transfer window, Ajax Cape Town can confirm that the player will see out his contract for the remainder of the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Hlatshwayo signed a pre-contract with Wits in July and &ldquo;The Clever Boys&rdquo; were keen to land Tyson before the end of the January transfer period, offering winger Bhongolethu Jayiya as part of a swop agreement to sweeten the deal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town resisted and held onto their defensive king-pin for the next six months.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tyson came through the ranks of the Ajax Youth Academy and he was promoted to the professional ranks in 2009, making in excess of 80 appearances for the Urban Warriors.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thulani has represented South Africa at U17, U20, U23 and senior levels.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3194Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:11:00 +0200Dos Santos appointed Head of Scouting<div>Ajax Cape Town is proud to announce that Sergio Dos Santos has joined the Urban Warriors technical team and will head the scouting department. Together with Luis de Faria, who also has extensive knowledge of South African football and has a flair for unearthing raw talent; will be regarded as possibly the finest brains-trust in bringing the best talents to Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sergio Dos Santos is a legend amongst local football followers having played for Hellenic FC, Cape Town Spurs and Kaizer Chiefs. At the age of 22 he captained a star-studded Hellenic side and played for the &ldquo;Greek Gods&rdquo; from 1968 to 1976.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During his time at Hellenic, his honours inlcuded the Chevrolet Cup (1976), the Coca-Cola Shield Winners (1971, 1974), the Sanlam Champion of Champions (1973), the Embassy Bowl Winners (1972), the BP League Cup Winners (1971), the NFL Champions (1971).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sergio switched to coaching after his playing career ended. He coached at &nbsp;Santos, Orlando Pirates, Hellenic, Cape Town Spurs, Ikapa Sporting and Kaizer Chiefs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sergio is well known for having an eye for talent, and amongst many others, introduced the talented Benni McCarthy to top-flight football while at the helm at Cape Town Spurs, when he gave the youngster a starting berth against Kaizer Chiefs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou, Executive Director of Ajax Cape Town said, &ldquo;We are thrilled to bring Sergio on board and back home.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sergio has come full circle in his football career. He coached Cape Town Spurs with us before the formation of Ajax Cape Town and today he re-joins us as a member of our technical team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dos Santos is immensely experienced and knowledgeable of local football and has an eye for local talent. He will add experience and value to our professional ranks and youth academy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He will form an important role in our technical team.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3193Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:30:00 +0200Ajax secures Sangweni on loan deal<p>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that the club have secured the services of Thamsanqa Sangweni on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thamsanqa&rsquo;s previous clubs in Dondotha All Stars and Amazulu and he earned his first Bafana cap against Senegal in February 2012. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite being only 24, he made 50 appearances for Amazulu before transferring to Mamelodi Sundowns.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He scored on his debut for Sundowns in the MTN8 Quarter-final against Chiefs and on his League debut against Chippa United in August 2012.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Before his transfer to Sundowns, Thamsanqa (Thami) was invited for trials at an unknown club in Cyprus but chose to return and continue his career in the ABSA Premiership.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ian Taylor Said, &ldquo;Thami is an exciting young player who has already caught the eye of the national selectors. He is comfortable in possession and his technical skills allow him to get past his marker into dangerous areas of the field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite being a defensive midfielder he also scores goals and is considered a set-piece specialist. Thami reads the game well and his movement off the ball creates space for his teammates.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3192Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:46:00 +0200Ajax signs Zimbabwean Star<div>Ajax Cape Town is proud to announce the signing of Simba Sithole who plays for How Mine FC in the Zimbabwean, Castle Premier League.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sithole was signed on a two-year contract and is expected at Ikamva after the weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Simba was part of Zimbabwe&rsquo;s CHAN Squad; he played three games and scored twice for the Warriors in their game against Mali.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sithole is a former Masvingo Christian College star player. He is How Mine FC&rsquo;s top goal scorer with six goals to his name this season, helping them to finish as runners-up in the Mbada Diamonds Cup to qualify for the 2014 CAF Confederations Cup.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ian Taylor said, &ldquo;Simba is a robust player in and around the penalty area. He is quick, strong on his feet and is not afraid to take on defenders in a one-one situation.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sithole likes to be involved in the game, is very mobile in possession and his height will enhance Ajax&rsquo;s aerial capabilities.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3190Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:29:00 +0200Loan deal for Lark<div>Ajax Cape Town interim coach Ian Taylor has confirmed the loan signing of Carl Lark from Santos.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Taylor said, I can confirm that Carl Lark has been signed on a loan deal from Santos.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Carl has been training with us for the last four weeks and he played in our 3-1 win over VfB Stuttgart.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He plays on the wing and gives us options in that position. Lark has the potential to succeed at PSL level and we will nurture him to reach his full potential.'</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3189Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:26:00 +0200Thank You AjaxCT<p>&nbsp;To Ajax Cape Town<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span></p> <div>January 28, 2014</div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>Thank you so much for showing interest in Baphumelele. May God bless you and all who were involved in helping these families. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We as Baphumelele, the Management, the Staff and Child headed households would like to thank you very much for taking the Child Headed Household beneficiaries out for lunch, providing them with Christmas gifts as well as the opportunity of watching Ajax Cape Town playing live in Cape Town Stadium, choosing our kids to escort players onto the pitch on 18th December 2013. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This has brought a smile and a reason to live to all those Child Headed households who took part. We would like you to know that we were humbled and highly appreciated what you did for us at Baphumelele. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It is people like you, who are generously supporting this project who will help our young families to survive in the community, to rebuild their trust in life and have hope for the future. We are so very grateful for all your support.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Baphumelele Child Headed Households project is part of Baphumelele Waldorf Association (a Not for Profit Company). Any enquiries in connection with this donation may be sent to the address in the footer below. This receipt is issued for the purposes of section 18A of the Income Tax Act, 1962, and your donation will be used exclusively for the operations of Baphumelele Child Headed Households Project.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With my warmest regards,</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rosie Mashale</div> <div>Managing Director</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3188Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:45:00 +0200I am an Ajax player - Tyson <div>&ldquo;I am still an Ajax Cape Town player!&rdquo; that was a clear message from Thulani Hlatshwayo after another warrior-like performance against Pirates last night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Tyson&rdquo; has sent out a clear signal to all the distractors out there, he emphasised his intensions to give 110% for Ajax Cape Town despite his impending transfer at the end of the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax defender took the field for Ajax Cape Town in their 2-1 defeat to Orlando Pirates on Monday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During the post-match interview the Urban Warrior reiterated his commitment to Ajax Cape Town.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tyson said, &ldquo;It important to work as a team tonight because they were coming at us and we needed to keep them out.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>What made our work difficult was that we didn&rsquo;t win the second balls in the tackles.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am an Ajax Cape Town player until the end of the season and I am committed to this team.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s next game is against Amazulu on Tuesday 04 February at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3187Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:42:00 +0200It was a close game - Taylor<div>Orlando Pirates edged Ajax Cape Town 2-1 at the Orlando Stadium in Ian Taylor&rsquo;s first game in charge.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors conceded goals in each half of the game, but fought back with a goal by Granwald Scott and close calls by Tasreeq Morris and Eleazar Rogers late in the second half.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Taylor said, &ldquo;We started off well in the first half but conceded an early goal. &nbsp;</div> <div>I am disappointed that we lost; we created enough chances to at least clinch a draw however we have got to learn when and where to play the ball.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was a close game and I am looking forward to the next game against Amazulu.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town return to Cape Town tomorrow to prepare for the Amazulu game to be played in Durban next Tuesday 04 February.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3186Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:27:00 +0200Pirates edge Ajax<div>A fortuitous goal by Khetokwakhe Masuku (35th min) and a 55th minute strike by Thabo Matlaba secured a 2-1 win for Orlando Pirates against Ajax Cape Town at the Orlando Stadium on Monday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the opening stanza the Urban Warriors allowed Pirates ball possession in their own half curtailing their attack and forcing Pirates strikers to shoot from range.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Masalesa fired the first shot at the Ajax goal from about 20m; Anssi Jaakkola was alert and made the save and five minutes later he tried his luck again, followed by the effort of Masuku as Pirates applied the pressure.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax defence, marshalled by Dominic Isaacs held firm to repel the Pirates attack and when the home team broke through the Ajax keeper was on hand to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 18th minute, a corner by Aubrey Ngoma was punched clear to set-up an Ajax counter-attack. The Pirates defence conceded a corner, Dolly stepped up to the ball but his in-swinger was collected by Meyiwa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other end of the field, a header by Thandani Ntshumayelo flew over the cross-bar.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax made a substitution in the 25th minute when Losper replaced Mokeke.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pirates continued their long range barrage on the Ajax goal first Pelembe unleashed his shot from range then Masuku shocked everyone when his cross-cum shot flew into the net to give Pirates a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the restart Ajax Cape Town almost grabbed an equalizer when Eleazar Rogers attacked a cross from Dolly unfortunately he missed the ball by millimetres in front of the Pirates goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pirate&rsquo;s set-up a counter-attack down the flank and Thabo Matlaba scored off the post to give Pirates a 2-0 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax readied their next substitution; however a foul by Thandani Ntshumayelo on Cecil Lolo resulted in Morris replacing the injured defender.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Morris pace down the flank troubled the Pirates defence.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later his cross from the right by-line found Rogers in the box, his knock-on found Scott who netted from close range (2-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax went in search of the equalizer forcing Pirates to concede consecutive corners.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other end Anssi Jaakkola kept Ajax in the game when he tipped Pelembe&rsquo;s header over the bar.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the last quarter of the game, Toriq Losper released Tasreeq Morris on the right flank with an audacious pass from the outside of his boot. Morris outpaced his marker and fired his shot on target forcing Meyiwa to parry the ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the closing stages of the game Ajax added Bantu Mzwakali to the fray, replacing Granwald Scott.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite a late rally from Ajax, Pirates held onto their lead to claim all three points.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3185Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:53:00 +0200Viking FK trains at Ikamva<div>Ikamva is once again the chosen destination of European Clubs who seek to enjoy their summer training camp away from the harsh European winter weather.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Viking Fotballklubb (most often called Viking and Viking Stavanger internationally) arrived in Cape Town on Saturday, January 25th.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Norwegian football club from the city of Stavanger follow in the footsteps of Bundesliga club, VfB Stuttgart who used Ikamva as their training base three weeks ago. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Norwegians have already settled in the Mother City having enjoyed a run in the City on Saturday evening soon after their arrival.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The travelling squad and technical crew participated in an &ldquo;Amazing Race&rdquo; team building exercise, a drumming session and a walk around the Bo-Kaap market.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They will also visit Langa, enjoy a hike up Table Mountain, surfing at Muizenberg, and play a friendly against Santos, travelling to a game lodge in Johannesburg and a visit to Sun City before departing for home.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Viking FK was founded in 1899 and they are one of the most successful clubs in Norwegian football, having won 8 Norwegian Premier League titles and 5 Norwegian Cup titles.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Viking FK play their football at the Viking Stadium in their home town of Stavanger, the stadium has a capacity of 16 300.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Viking FK Itinerary is as follows;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Training from 09h00 - 11h00 every day.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>26. Jan: team building.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>27. Jan: guided tour of Langa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>28. Jan: match against Santos at Ikamva</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>30. Jan: hike up Table Mountain.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1. Feb: Surfing at Muizenberg beach</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>3. Feb: travel to Johannesburg then to the Ivory Tree Game Lodge.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>3. Feb - 5. Feb: Safari tours.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>5. Feb: travel to Sun City.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>7. Feb: African market. Return journey at 19.45</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>pics: www.viking-fk.no. &nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3184Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:46:00 +0200We are motivated - Scott<div>Granwald Scott believes that his young Ajax Cape Town teammates will be naturally motivated against Orlando Pirates and is confident of a result.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors will begin life after Muhsin Ertugral at Orlando Stadium on Monday evening where they will take on a Buccaneers side who are still without a win in 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It will be the first time Ian Taylor will take charge of the team as the club&rsquo;s interim coach and Scott feels that the quality of the Pirates teams will act as a natural motivation factor.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Focusing on the game, it is a self motivator,&rdquo; Scott tells MTNFootball.com.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;There are a lot of young guys who want to show their talent and some of them have role models in the Pirates team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It will be a nice game to watch, it will be tough though. Pirates are struggling to score goals and hopefully they struggle against us also.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I think we can get a result in Jo&rsquo;burg&hellip;&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Ajax are sitting on eighth on the Absa Premiership log while Pirates are in ninth place, two points short of Ajax but have four games in hand. &nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3183Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:13:00 +0200Taylor positive ahead of first game<div>Ian Taylor is under no illusion as to the magnitude that is before him as Ajax Cape Town is set to play six games between Monday 27 January and Friday 28 February, 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax are set to play Orlando Pirates (Jan27), Amazulu (Feb 04), Wits (Feb 07), Sundowns (Feb 15), Pirates (Feb 18) and Polokwane City (Feb 28).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>However Taylor is no stranger to the task facing him as he has worked within the Ajax Cape Town system for the last six years having progressed through the ranks to coach at senior level. During this time he has armed himself with various coaching qualifications culminating in a UEFA B coaching license.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While Muhsin was on compassionate leave Taylor oversaw the PSL training sessions and friendly games, managing to record a win 3-1 over the Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Taylor said, &ldquo;Facing Pirates is never easy and we are all aware of the task at hand, Muhsin has laid a great foundation for me to build on.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All the players are giving 100 percent at training and they are looking forward to playing their first game of 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My main task will be to field a balanced team; we have a number of experienced players in the squad with a great mix of exciting youngsters.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I believe in the Ajax Cape Town system and I am positive that we have the players to do the job.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3182Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:51:00 +0200Come watch AjaxCT on the Big Screen<div>Join the Urban Warriors, come and watch Orlando Pirates v Ajax Cape Town on the BIG SCREEN in the Ajax Lounge at Ikamva on Monday January 27, 2014. Kick Off is at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Your meal vouchers gains you entry into the Ajax Lounge to watch the game, call Mark Kulp at 072 545 9029 to purchase your meal voucher (R40).</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3181Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:18:00 +0200Taylor takes over the reigns<div>Ajax Cape Town has Ian Taylor will take over as interim Head Coach.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The club announced that Head Coach Muhsin Ertugral resigned early this morning.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou said, &ldquo;Ian Taylor, our assistant Coach, will take over as interim Head Coach, until our Board makes a decision on the new appointment&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ian has been with Ajax Cape Town for the last five years progressing from the Ajax Youth Academy to Head Coach of the Ajax Cape with a number of players currently in the PSL team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After a short spell as Head Coach of Cape Town All Stars he returned to Ajax Cape Town as an assistant to Muhsin.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3180Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0200Ertugral resigns<div>Mushin Ertugral steps down as Coach of Ajax Cape Town&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town director Ari Efstathiou announced this morning that Mushin Ertugral had stepped down last night as Head Coach of the club with immediate effect, sighting his decision on &ldquo;personal&rdquo; reasons.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Mushin&rsquo;s uncle who was his mentor sadly passed away on Christmas day and Muhsin has taken over the responsibility of the family&rsquo;s business interests in Turkey.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He helped the club avoid relegation last year and has steered the club into 8th position in the PSL standings after the first half of the 2014 campaign,&rdquo; said Efstathiou.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In his letter of resignation Ertugral wrote &ldquo;I am writing this letter in deep sorrow to inform you, that I am stepping down from my duties as the Head Coach of Ajax Cape Town. My reasons are from personal point. In addition, my family situation unfortunately has also given me a big burden to deal with. It will be fair to give these duties someone who can continue with the foundations that we have built&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The whole Ajax Cape Town family would like to thank Mushin for his contribution to Ajax Cape Town and would like to wish him all the success in the future&rdquo; said Efstathiou.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Ian Taylor, our assistant Coach, will take over as interim Head Coach, until our Board makes a decision on the new appointment&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Board of Directors of Ajax Cape Town will meet urgently this morning to deliberate on the appointment of a new coach&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3179Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:27:00 +0200Rivaldo talks to ajaxct.com<div>Rivaldo Coetzee took time out of his Ajax Amsterdam schedule to speak to ajaxct.com</div> <div><strong><br /> </strong></div> <div><strong>ajaxct.com: Rivaldo, how was the trip?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>RC: The trip was okay but the weather is a shock. I am not used to it yet, it&rsquo;s cold here.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The welcome we received making us feel at home.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>ajaxct.com: What was the first order of business at Die Toekomst?&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>RC: I reported to the AFC Ajax medical team for tests Doctor was happy and said I can start training.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>ajaxct.com: What is the level of Dutch football?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>RC: The level of football here is very high, especially the concentration levels of all players. I can see they strive for perfection, they always want to learn. Each player has his own qualities and they play according to their strengths.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>ajaxct.com: Have you settled down?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>RC: I am only been here two days and the guys in the team are making me feel at home. They are always talking and coaching me on where I can improve, giving me good feedback on my game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>ajaxct.com: How are you coping with the language barrier?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>RC: The Language is difficult but can understand it and the coach always translates for me afterwards.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My home environment is very good.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>ajaxct.com: What else can you tell us about being in Amsterdam?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>RC: I have learnt that what you do off the field like eating well and getting enough rest makes an impact on the way to train, and has a direct impact on your energy levels. Eating healthy meals and drinking lots of fluids has really helped.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>ajaxct.com: &nbsp;Have you had a chance to see the sights of Amsterdam?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>RC: Haven&rsquo;t gone out to see the city yet but I am looking forward to watching the match between AFC Ajax and PSV.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3178Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:33:00 +0200Rivaldo in Amsterdam<div>Rivaldo Coetzee&rsquo;s star is on the rise.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The youngster from Kakamas has achieved so much in such a sort time since his arrival at Ikamva two years ago.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He joined the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy after he spotted during at a youth tournament and the rest they say is history.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He went on to captain the Urban Warriors to the Engen Knockout and Metropolitan Premier Cup titles, winning the &ldquo;Defender of the Tournament&rdquo; Individual award in both competitions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Coetzee was also a member of the COSAFA U20 Challenge Championship team that beat Kenya 2-0 in the final, in Maseru, Lesotho.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On December 22, 2013; the club announced that Coetzee was one of a trio of Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy players promoted to the Ajax PSL team.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At the invitation of Ajax Amsterdam, Rivaldo arrived at &ldquo;De Toekomst&rdquo; to train under the Ajax Amsterdam U18 coach Gery Vink. He also played in the Amsterdam Giant&rsquo;s U18 team 3-2 win last Saturday. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rivaldo Coetzee&rsquo;s shortlist of honours includes;&nbsp;</div> <div>2013 COPA Amsterdam Champion</div> <div>2013 Metropolitan Premier Cup Champion</div> <div>2013 Engen KO Cup Champion</div> <div>2012 Engen KO Cup Champion</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3177Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:50:00 +0200Ertugral returns<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Head Coach, Muhsin Ertugral has returned to South Africa after attending the funeral of his foster father in Turkey.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax mentor left during the Christmas break and attended to family commitments while in Turkey.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral arrived at the weekend and oversaw Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s training sessions on Monday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are hard at work on the training field ahead of resuming the second half of their PSL campaign against Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg on Monday 27 January, 2014.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3176Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:38:00 +0200Ajax FAN STORE 15 Year Anniversary Sale<div>Ajax Cape Town is holding an Ajax FAN STORE 15 Year Anniversary Sale and it doesn&rsquo;t get better than this.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town Season Tickets Holders will enjoy an &quot;Early Bird&quot; Special from 20 - 24 Jan, 2014 and the Sale is open to the Public from 27 - 31 Jan, 2014, while stocks last .</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All items are only available at the Ajax Fan Store at Ikamva, Parow.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Urban Warrior JEANS OR CARGO PANTS &nbsp;(male / female ) &ndash;R110</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Urban Warrior &ndash;T-SHIRT &nbsp;(male / female )- R95</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Urban Warrior &ndash;TRACK PANTS PLUS T-SHIRT &ndash;R165</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Urban Warrior &ndash;JEANS OR CARGO PANTS PLUS T-SHIRT &ndash;R175</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Urban Warrior &ndash;CROSS OVER TOP &ndash;(FEMALE ) &ndash;R99</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Urban Warrior &ndash; Hoodies &ndash; R300</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax &ndash;size 5 soccer ball &ndash;R110</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax &ndash;mini soccer ball &ndash;R45</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax &ndash;Smart Jacket &ndash;R299</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax -Moisture management golf shirt &ndash;R175</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax &ndash;Adult hoodies &ndash; R275&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax &ndash;Kids t-shirts &ndash;R90</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax &ndash;car window flag &ndash;R25</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax car window sun shade &ndash;R75</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax kids golf shirt &ndash;R100</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax female supporter jersey &ndash; R75</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>AJAX REPLICA HOME /AWAY &ndash;R499</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>AJAX FLAG &ndash;R30</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>AJAX CAP &nbsp;OR BEANIE &ndash; R50</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sale prices cannot be used in conjunction with any other SALE item, Discount item or Card.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3175Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:16:00 +0200Ajax duo return to action<div>Koen van de Laak made his long awaited return to football when he came on during the second half of a friendly game against Milano at Ikamva on Thursday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Dutchman has been out of football since January last year when he had two knee operations in four months.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Koen made 13 appearances for Ajax Cape Town before injuries blighted his season in 2012/2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Van de Laak underwent an intensive rehabilitation program since his operation and has recovered well enough to be included in the squad that faced Milano yesterday. He came on in the second half and immediately set his mark on the game, creating for the strikers and controlling the game from the midfield.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Also making his long awaited comeback was Nazeer Allie.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Allie took the field at centre-back replacing Ajax captain Dominic Isaacs and he slotted into the position comfortably, making a number of telling tackles showing no hint of his long layoff.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The duo will be nursed back to full strength over the next few weeks with game time against local opposition as Ajax Cape Town continue their programme of friendly games ahead of the restart of the second half of the 2013/2014 season &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both Allie and van de Laak are expected to complete their comeback when the ABSA Premiership resumes in February, 2014.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3174Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:35:00 +0200Ajax draw Sundowns in Nedbank Cup<div>Ajax Cape Town have been drawn to play Mamelodi Sundowns at home in the first round of the 2014 Nedbank Cup.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The draw held at the at the Supersport Studios in Randburg last night witnessed a number of high profile clashes between PSL clubs juxtaposed with contests between PSL clubs and teams from the lower tiers of South African football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Nedbank Cup features the all the PSL teams with eight National First Division clubs and eight teams from the regional SAFA divisions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The all ABSA Premiership clashes are; Ajax Cape Town v Mamelodi Sundowns and University of Pretoria v SuperSport United, Golden Arrows v Polokwane City and Maritzburg United v Mpumalanga Black Aces.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 2014 Nedbank Cup is scheduled to take place from February 19 &ndash; 26, 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The full 2014 Nedbank Cup draw is;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United FC v <strong>Amazulu</strong></div> <div><strong>Golden Arrows v Polokwane City</strong></div> <div><strong>Tuks v SuperSport United</strong></div> <div>University of Stellenbosch v <strong>Bloemfontein Celtic</strong></div> <div>FC Buffalo v FC Cape Town</div> <div>Mainstay United v African Warriors</div> <div>Milano United v Bloemfontein Young Tigers</div> <div><strong>Moroka Swallows</strong> v Mbombela United</div> <div><strong>Maritzburg United v Mpumalanga Black Aces</strong></div> <div>Santos v Gamalakhe United</div> <div><strong>Free State Stars</strong> v Witbank Spurs</div> <div><strong>Platinum Stars </strong>v Great North FC</div> <div><strong>Ajax Cape Town v Mamelodi Sundowns</strong></div> <div>Black Leopards v<strong> Kaizer Chiefs</strong></div> <div>(Winner of AmaBEE FC v Polokwane City Rovers) v<strong> Bidvest Wits</strong></div> <div>Thanda Royal Zulu v <strong>Orlando Pirates</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3172Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:03:00 +0200Ajax sink Milano<div>Ajax Cape Town continued their good run of pre-season form when they beat Milano United 3-1 at Ikamva on Thursday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This win followed the 2-1 win against German Bundesliga side Stuttgart day earlier.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Milano shocked the Urban Warriors with an early goal via Danian Wareley, who slotted the ball into the back of the net after a defensive lapse between the back four of Ajax (0-1)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax fought back and had Milano against the ropes from the restart, Gran Scott equalised after a good build-up with a neat finish from inside the box (1-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Keagan Dolly doubled the lead minutes later after a he cut in from the left flank to slot the ball in at the far post (2-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The hot summer weather forced the match officials to stop the game to allow water breaks thereby ensuring that the players remain hydrated.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax made a number of changes after the break to give all their players a run on the green, player who came on for the second half included; Koen van de Laak, Nazeer Allie, Olwethu Maloyi, Mosa Lebusa, Nathan Paulse, Terror Fanteni, Andre Petim, Ayabulela &nbsp;Magqwaka, Riyaad Norodien and Toriq Losper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The return introduction of Koen van de Laak and Nazeer Allie signalled their return after a lengthy stay on the side lines due to injury.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nathan Paulse put the result of the game beyond the visitors when he rose above the United defence to nod home from close range (3-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town is scheduled to play Santos in their next friendly. The game kicks-off 11h00 at Ikamva on Saturday 18 January, 2014.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3173Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:44:00 +0200Transfer update from Ikamva<p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Evolution can package itself in two different ways, &nbsp;either a squad can change its&nbsp; approach in&nbsp; the way they play through new tactics, systems and operations or a squad can evolve with new players coming in and developing alongside the experienced players. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">For the Ajax Cape Town squad, the change during Muhsin Ertugral&rsquo;s period in charge since his re-appointment before the end of our last campaign follows the second option.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">We reiterated at the beginning of the season that our main goal this year would be to stabilize the club and if you review the team&rsquo;s progress, after a slow start to their campaign, we can see that we are on the right track. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Like any other business, we have encountered challenges during the first half of the season, but we are able to look forward to the remainder of the season with confidence believing that the team is progressing under the guidance of coach Muhsin Ertugral. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The loss of Lebo Manyama to Supersport United and the departure of Thulani Hlatshwayo and Thato Mokeke at the end of the season will open the door to up and coming academy players like Riyaad Norodien, Rivaldo Coetzee and Ayabulela Maqwaka who we believe have the skill, ability and the determination to stake a claim in Muhsin&rsquo;s team. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">We are currently working around the clock, to deliver key players in strategic positions identified by the Head Coach, most importantly to bolster our strike force. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">We have also allowed some of the squad players namely Michael Kwong, Matthew Rowell and Stefan van Neel to play in the NFD and gain valuable experience at Santos FC for the remainder of the season. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">With our current squad and the new additions, we believe the team can continue to progress and improve on our current position on the PSL log.&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3171Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:25:00 +0200AjaxCT stun VfB Stuttgart<div>Ajax Cape Town beat VfB Stuttgart 2-1 in a friendly game played at Ikamva on Tuesday 14 January 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The friendly was played in three periods of 45 minutes and kicked off at 17h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors started the game with an experienced squad captained by Dominic Isaacs. The first eleven players to take the field were; Anssi, Tyson, Ritus, Isaacs, Mosa, Scott, Alexander, Norodien, Dolly, Rogers and Mzwakali.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was played in the hot summer sun; Stuttgart enjoyed most of the possession with Ajax Cape Town content to allow the visitors space to pass the ball around in their own half.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eleazar Rogers signalled Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s intent when his header hit the crossbar after just 10 minutes, and then Norodien&rsquo;s cross found Rogers unmarked in the box but the Ajax striker fired his shot straight at the Stuttgart keeper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the half hour mark Granwald Scott shocked the visitors when he put Ajax Cape Town ahead with a thunder-bolt into the roof of the net from 25 yards (Ajax CT 1 &ndash; 0 VfB Stuttgart).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stuttgart increased the tempo of their game however Ajax Cape Town was equal to the challenge and kept the visitors on the back foot for long periods in the first third and when they broke through the Ajax defence; Anssi Jakkoola showed his class with three great saves.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The second period signalled the introduction of the first group of substitutes for both teams, for Ajax Cape Town Lolo replaced Isaacs, Ernesto replayed Riyaad and Petersen came on for Anssi.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stuttgart plied on the pressure as they went in search of an equalizer and it came via a penalty after Scott inadvertently handled the ball in the penalty area. Stuttgart striker Ibisevic made no mistake from the spot.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There was a party atmosphere at Ikamva as the many German and South African fans revelled in the summer sun, the players did not disappoint on the pitch as they entertained the crowd with some good football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lance Davids replaced Granwald Scott and in the last third Ajax Cape Town introduced Rivaldo, Mosa, Haashiem, Yagan, Maloyi, Petiim and Terror Fanteni.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The youngsters injected some pace into the game with Fanteni adding his experience on the offensive.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After 30 minutes Paulse replaced Fanteni and Carl Lark replaced Losper. Lark found space wide on the left and Paulse met his cross with an inch-perfect header to double Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s score (Ajax CT 2 &ndash; 1 VfB Stuttgart).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite the attempts of the visitors to find a second goal, Ajax Cape Town held out to stun the Germans with a 2 &ndash; 1 win.&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3170Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:48:00 +0200Allie in full training<div>Nazeer Allie is back in training, the Ajax Cape Town defender has recovered from a groin injury that has kept him out of the game since the end of last season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The injury also put a halt on his proposed move to Bidvest Wits at the start of the 2013/2014 season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Now Allie is back on the training field putting in the hours preparing for his comeback.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>News from the training field is that Nazeer is doing very well and has joined the team's full training sessions since being given the go-ahead by the Ajax medical team</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3169Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:33:00 +0200Mokeke proud to represent <div>Thato Mokeke feels he put out a good performance on his debut for Bafana Bafana despite Mozambique&rsquo;s goal having come off his ankle.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The versatile player, who was a late addition to Gordon Igesund&rsquo;s squad after he replaced the injured Tsepo Masilela, was handed his first national start in the opening match of the African Nations Championships.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town youngster featured for the full 90 minutes on his debut even after seeing Diogo Alberto&rsquo;s goal in the 11th minute take a deflection off his ankle and roll past Itumeleng Khune in goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It was my first game, I think it went well and we got to win the game,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Personally, I think I did well.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 23-year-old is also the only player from Ajax Cape Town to form part of the Bafana squad and he admits it is a satisfying feeling for him.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is a proud moment- I am representing Cape Town and the team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>text: backpagemedia</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3168Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:25:00 +0200Mohammed Abdellaoue interview<div><strong>On day six in Cape Town, Mohammed Abdellaoue spoke about his own good form, the VfB Stuttgart training camp and the city.</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Hello Moa, the sixth day of the training camp here is almost complete. How are you doing?</strong></div> <div>Mohammed Abdellaoue: &quot;It&rsquo;s how it always is in the training camp. There are a lot of training sessions and games, which is why I am feeling a little tired right now &ndash; but that&rsquo;s totally normal! We want to be really fit for the latter half of the season and to achieve that status, you really have to work hard.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>On Saturday you notched up the second win in the second friendly game. How would you evaluate the current performance status of the team?</strong></div> <div>Mohammed Abdellaoue: &quot;It&rsquo;s still a little early to cast a verdict on that. Right now it&rsquo;s important for us to train hard and implement what we have worked on into the games. The form will come on its own once we put our plans into action.&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Speaking of form &ndash; you scored four goals in the two friendly games. Why are things working out so well for you right now?</strong></div> <div>Mohammed Abdellaoue: &quot;I&rsquo;m training hard, really enjoying it and I feel very good right now. Goals are always good then because they give you the necessary self-confidence.&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>VfB are in Cape Town for the first time. What do you think of the city?</strong></div> <div>Mohammed Abdellaoue: &quot;The people are very friendly and there is a wonderful atmosphere here. We are looking forward to seeing a little more of the city but also to learning a little more about the history of the place. Robben Island, for example, was an exceptional experience for all of us.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text &amp; Pic:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vfb.de/">http://www.vfb.de (Official website of VfB Stuttgart 1863 e. V.<br /> </a>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3167Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:08:00 +0200AjaxCT line-up VfB Stuttgart<div>Ajax Cape Town plays Bundesliga opposition, VfB Stuttgart at Ikamva on Tuesday afternoon at Ikamva with kick-off at 17h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Germans have been training at Ikamva during their stay in Cape Town and scheduled to play friendlies against PEC Zwolle (won 4-1), Vasco da Gama (won 5-0) and the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town have also been active during the mid-season break having played against PEC Zwolle (lost 2-1) and the Zimbabwean national team (won 3-0) as they prepare for the restart of the second half of their 2013/2014 season team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was switched to Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s training ground, Ikamva in Parow after Philippi Stadium was ruled out as the match venue.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3166Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:41:00 +0200Ajax edge Zimbabwe<div>Ajax Cape Town bounced back from their defeat to PEC Zwolle with a resounding 3-0 victory over the Zimbabwean National team in a friendly played at Ikamva on Thursday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors enjoyed much of the possession in the first half and they harassed the Zimbabweans in all areas of the pitch.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax midfield released Keagan Dolly and Ernesto at every opportunity to run at the Zimbabwean defence. The ploy worked and Dolly put AjaxCT ahead halfway through the first half.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eleazar Rogers came close to adding to the score-line twice in five minutes, the first a header sailed just over the bar and the second, a low shot at the near post grazed the upright.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cole Alexander joined the party placing his shot from outside the box inside the far post to double the Ajax score just before the break.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax made a number of changes after the break bringing on the youngsters to test their mettle against the Zimbabwean team. Spurred by their teammates first half performance they did not disappoint.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They took the game to the visitors with probing runs down the flanks and their neat inter-passing caused the Zimbabweans constant problems.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bantu Mzwakali scored the only goal in the second half; Norodien played Morris into space just meters from the goal line, he passed the ball to an unmarked Mzwakali who slotted the ball into the back of the net to score (3-0).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town continues their preseason friendly programme against VfB Stuttgart next Tuesday at the Philippi Stadium with kick off at 18h30.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3164Fri, 10 Jan 2014 10:34:00 +0200Ajax to strengthen squad<div>Despite a slow start in the transfer market, Ajax Cape Town is in negotiations to add players to their squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou said, &ldquo;We have been in constant communication with our coach Muhsin Ertugral regarding additions to our squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have lost Manyama to Supersport and we are definitely looking at bring in attacking players to add to our striking force.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our squad is in a healthy state and our coach Muhsin Ertugral has requested at least two more signings to strengthen the squad during the open transfer window.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3163Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:03:00 +0200Ajax to play Zimbabwe<div>Ajax Cape Town is set to play their second friendly in three days when the face the Zimbabwean National Team at Ikamva this afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Earlier this week the Urban Warriors lost 2-1 PEC Zwolle, a Dutch Eredivisie team currently in Cape Town for their summer training camp.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors v Zimbabwe friendly kicks off at 17h00 at Ikamva on Thursday 09 January, 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Zimbabweans arrived in the Mother City ahead of the CHAN tournament that runs from January 11 until February 01, 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There are 16 participating teams playing in four groups based in Cape Town (Group A + B), Bloemfontein (Group C) and Polokwane (Group D).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Zimbabwe will be making their third successive appearance at the CHAN tournament having participated in Ivory Coast and Sudan. The Zimbabwean team is coached by former Ajax Cape Town assistant coach Ian Gorowa who enjoyed many successful years at Ikamva</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Zimbabwean squad:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Goalkeepers: George Chigova (Dynamos), Tafadzwa Dube (CAPS United), Munyaradzi Diya (Highlanders)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Defenders: Oscar Machapa (Dynamos), Hardlife Zvirekwi (CAPS United) , Augustine Mbara (Dynamos), Milton Ncube (Highlanders) , Felix Chindungwe (Chicken Inn), Themba Ndlovu (Dynamos) , Eric Chipeta (Hwange), Partson Jaure (Dynamos)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Midfielders: Masimba Mambare (Highlanders), Tawanda Muparati (Dynamos) , Danny Phiri (Chicken Inn), Pascal Manhanga (Triangle), Charles Sibanda (FC Platinum), Kuda Mahachi (Chicken Inn), Ali Sadiki, (FC Platinum), Peter Moyo (Highlanders), Donald Ngoma (FC Platinum)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Strikers: Simba Sithole (How Mine), Nelson Maziwisa (FC Platinum), Simba Sithole (Dynamos)</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3162Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:00:00 +0200Ajax trio at Santos<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that three Urban Warriors have moved to Santos FC.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Michael Kwong, Matthew Rowell and Stefan Van Neel, campaign for the next six months. Ajax Cape Town have retained the option to move the the players back to Ikamva at the end of the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The trio was informed of the agreement last week and they reported to the Santos training ground on this week.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou said, &ldquo;Our Youth Academy players are very valuable to the club, and by allowing them to be exposed to NFD football, we are ensuring that they get regular game time and valuable experience.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Youth Academy production line at Ikamva is in a healthy state with a number of players on the verge of making the PSL team. At the start of the season we promoted five Youth Academy players and we have added there more players to that list.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have an abundance of talent and the only way to ensure that they get the necessary experience and game time is to allow them to play competitive games.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3161Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:25:00 +0200AjaxCT v PEC Zwolle<p>Ajax Cape Town played PEC Zwolle at a packed Coetzenburg Stadium on Tuesday evening.</p> <p>PEC Zwolle won the game 2-1, both teams used the occasion as a practice game ahead of the restart of their respective football seasons.</p> <p>The Urban Warriors took the field with most of their PSL squad in the line-up.</p> <p>PEC Zwolle enjoyed the bulk of possession in their own half. The visitors struggled to penetrate the Ajax midfield and their sporadic attacks yielded nothing.</p> <p>Ajax enjoyed playing on the counter-attack and striker Eleazar Rogers stole between the keeper and his defender to put the Urban Warriors ahead in the first quarter of the game.</p> <p>PEC Zwolle went in search of the equalizer but stern defending by Dominic Isaacs and his defensive teammates kept the PEC offensive at bay. Anssi Jakkoola made a number of vital saves to ensure that Ajax went into the break with a 1-0 lead.</p> <p>The Urban Warriors started the second half with a line-up that featured players recently promoted from the Ajax Youth Academy. Included in the team were Hashim Domingo, Riyaad Norodien, Ayabulela Magqwaka, Olwethu Maloyi and Rivaldo Coetzee.</p> <p>The youngsters acquitted themselves well against their seasoned opponents however the visitors scored twice in the second half to take a 2-1 lead.</p> <p>Ajax pressed forward and they created at least four scoring opportunities but the PEC Zwolle keeper made crucial saves off Tasreeq Morris, Hashim Domingo, Riyaad Norodien to maintain his team&rsquo;s lead to the final whistle</p> <p>Despite the result it was a great learning curve for the youngsters on the night.<br /> &nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3160Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:25:00 +0200VFB Stuttgart arrives in SA<p>VFB Stuttgart, the German Bundesliga side arrived in Cape Town ahead of their summer training camp at Ikamva.</p> <p>The German Bundesliga team will be in Cape Town until January 16, 2014 and they are scheduled to play a number of friendly games against local and international opposition.</p> <p>During their stay in Cape Town VFB Stuttgart will also visit Robben Island, Table Mountain and conduct a community scheme program in a local township.</p> <p>According to the team&rsquo;s Head Coach Thomas Schneider the purpose of their training camp in Cape Town is to improve the team&rsquo;s form ahead of the season in Germany.</p> <p>VFB Stuttgart is scheduled to play Supersport United in January 09, PEC Zwolle on January 11 and Ajax Cape Town.</p> <p>The Urban Warriors will play VFB Stuttgart at Phillipi Stadium on Tuesday January 14 with kick off at 18h30.<br /> &nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3159Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:24:00 +0200Mokeke selected for Bafana<p>Thato Mokeke received a call-up to the Bafana squad ahead of the CHAN Tournament that kicks off on January 11, 2014.</p> <p>Mokeke was called-up to replace the injured Tsepo Masilela at left back and reported to the Bafana camp yesterday.</p> <p>Bafana Coach Gordon Igesund said: &ldquo;I am grateful to Ajax Cape Town for releasing Thato Mokeke.</p> <p>He is a versatile, talented young player who is able to play in a number of positions and that factor will add to the competitiveness amongst the players.&rdquo;</p> <p>Shooz Mekuto the Ajax Cape Town PRO said, &ldquo;We are proud to have Thato Mokeke selected for the Bafana squad ahead of the CHAN tournament.</p> <p>It is an honour to have an Ajax player represent Bafana Bafana in such a prestigious tournament and to have him play in front of his home fans is an incentive for all the players at Ajax Cape Town.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bafana&rsquo;s squad was also boosted by the arrival of the Kaizer Chiefs quartet of Bernard Parker, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Tefu Mashamaite and Bafana captain Itumeleng Khune.</p> <p>The Bidvest Wits keeper, Moeneeb Josephs also reported for national duty yesterday.<br /> &nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3158Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:53:00 +0200AjaxCT lines-up PEC Zwolle<p>Ajax Cape Town is set to play PEC Zwolle on Tuesday January 07, 2014 at the Coetzenburg Stadium at 20h00.</p> <p>The Dutch Eredivisie team arrived in Cape Town on Sunday morning and is encamped at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport.</p> <p>PEC Zwolle is a Dutch football club based in Zwolle, currently playing in the Eredivisie,</p> <p>They have played in the Eredivisie for a total of thirteen seasons reaching eighth place in 1979. They reached the KNVB Cup final in 1928 and 1977, but lost on both occasions.</p> <p>The clubs official colours are Blue and White striped shirts (home), Green and White stripes (away) and as their third kit of Black and White.</p> <p>PEC Zwolle&rsquo;s honours are as follows; KNVB Cup - Runners-up: 1928, 1977; Eerste Divisie - Winner: 1978, 2002, 2012; Promoted to Eredivisie - Promotion: 1986; Promoted to Eerste Divisie - Promotion: 1971. <br /> &nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3157Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:10:00 +0200Ajax kicks off 2014 <p>Ajax Cape Town returned to training last week and they are set to face a hectic schedule of games and training ahead of the new season.</p> <p>The Urban Warriors play at least three practice games this month before they make the trip to Johannesburg for their first league fixture of the New Year against Orlando Pirates on January 29, 2014.</p> <p>The first of many practise games is against FC Zwolle on Tuesday 07 January 2014 at the Coetzenburg Stadium with Kick off at 20h00.</p> <p>The Dutch team arrived in Cape Town on Sunday morning and they are encamped at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport.</p> <p>On Thursday, 09 January 2014, Ajax Cape Town will host the Zimbabwean National team at Ikamva with kick off at 18h30.</p> <p>The Zimbabweans, coached by former AjaxCT assistant coach Ian Gorowa are in Cape Town ahead of the CHAN Tournament that kicks off on January 11.</p> <p>Another practice game scheduled for later this month is against Stuttgart FC, a Bundesliga club and the details of that game will be confirmed later this week.<br /> &nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3156Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:13:00 +0200Condolences to the Ertugral family <p>Ajax Cape Town would like to extend their condolences to Muhsin Ertugral and family at the death of Adnan Senses, guardian and uncle of the Ajax Cape Town Head Coach.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr Senses aged 78 passed away on Christmas day 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. He was a foster-father, mentor and guardian to Muhsin Ertugral. The relationship between the two was very close.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Adnan Senses was a famous Turkish film actor, singer and songwriter who appeared on the stages of many major music halls, and starred in a total of 47 Ye&#351;il&ccedil;am films.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town family would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Muhsin Ertugral and his family at this time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Due to family commitments and traditions, Muhsin will return to Cape Town in mid-January 2014</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3154Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:07:00 +0200Festive Greetings <div>Ajax Cape Town wishes all our Sponsors, Supporters, Players, Staff, Friends and their families a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Travel Safe, don't drink and drive, be tolerant, have responsible fun...&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3153Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:25:00 +0200Manyama bound for Supersport<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that Lebogang Manyama will be a Supersport United player in 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Manyama played his last game for Ajax Cape Town against Platinum Stars on Saturday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lebogang scored 15 goals in 71 starts for Ajax Cape Town. He signed for the Urban Warriors from Alexandra United in 2010.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou said, &ldquo;Ajax Cape Town and Supersport United have agreed terms on the transfer and Manyama has accepted personal terms offered by United. He will join Supersport from January 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town has paved the way for Lebo to have a very succesful future and would like to thank him for his contribution to Ajax Cape Town during his three and a half years with the club.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3152Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:05:00 +0200Ajax sign Youth Trio<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that the club have signed Riyaad Norodien, Ayabulela Magqwaka and Rivaldo Coetzee to their PSL team.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The trio have enjoyed a very successful youth career in the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy, having collected the Engen Knockout Challenge title (three times), the Metropolitan Premier Cup title (three times) and the prestigious 2013 Copa Amsterdam title earlier this year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ayabulela Magqwaka and Rivaldo Coetzee successfully represented South Africa at the recent COSAFA U20 Challenge returning with gold medals from the tournament.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ayabulela Magqwaka joined the Ajax Academy as an 11 year old and he has progressed impressively. He captained the South Africa U20 team at the recent COSAFA U20 Challenge in Lesotho.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rivaldo, from Kakamas joined Ajax Cape Town after he spotted during at a youth tournament. He went on to captain the Urban Warriors to the Engen Knockout and Metropolitan Premier Cup titles, winning the Defender of the Tournament award in both competitions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Norodien is an exciting young talent who joined Ajax Cape Town at the age of 10 and has progressed through the ranks over the years. The diminutive Ajax forward enjoys playing down the flanks and likes to get amongst the goals.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town Head Coach, Muhsin Ertugral said, &ldquo;As you know Ajax Cape Town have a great Youth Development program and the club is committed to developing their youth players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Every year we promote youngsters to the PSL team. At the start of this season we signed five youngsters from our Youth Academy to the PSL side.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The trio have been training with the PSL team for the last six months and they have impressed.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3150Sun, 22 Dec 2013 01:48:00 +0200Stars edge Ajax<div>Two first half goals by Solomon Mathe (24th) and Robert Ng'amb(30) secured all three points for Platinum Stars against Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The victory lifted Stars into fifth place with 22 points while Ajax Cape Town remained in eighth position on 19 points from 14 games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The start of the game was punctuated by a spate of free-kicks as both teams attempted to stamp their authority on the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors threatened down the flanks while Stars sat back relying on the counter-attack.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the opening minutes of the game there was action at both ends of the field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aidan Jenniker buoyed by his goal in his last outing was heavily involved in Ajax&rsquo;s raids down the left flank and in the 10th minute he set-up Keagan Dolly with a measured pass.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Interplay between Dolly, Davids, Alexander and Paulse broke through the Stars defence but Mobara&rsquo;s final shot flew over the bar. Dolly threatened again minutes later but he fired his shot wide of the near post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stars countered only for Anssi Jaakkola to foil their attack, punching the ball back into play. Sarr pounced onto the loose ball but fired his shot into the stands.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The visitors launched their attacks via Ngwepe and his quick breaks pinned the Ajax defence on the edge of the penalty area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The match official&rsquo;s whistle pulled-up Mobara for foul play and the Ajax midfielder collected the first yellow card of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax threatened again via Dolly and his cross into the box was cleared off the head of Mobara.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stars counter-attacked, Ngwepe&rsquo;s cross found Mbatha and he threaded a pass to Mathe who made no mistake from inside the box (0-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors took the game to the visitors in search of an equalizer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>However it was Platinum Stars who scored again, almost a carbon copy of the first goal. Ngwepe found space on the left flank and his cross to the far post was cut back to Robert Ng'amb who scored with a low shot into the near corner (0-2).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax coach, Muhsin Ertugral made an immediate substitution bringing on Eleazar Rogers for Cole Alexander in order to get back into the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The move almost paid immediate dividends when a Rogers&rsquo;s overhead kick grazed the cross-bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later, he rose above the Stars defence but could not meet Dolly&rsquo;s corner as it sailed to the by line.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Platinum Stars packed their defence in the second half content to allow Ajax the space to attack. The Urban Warriors did not disappoint and took the game to the visitors, creating a number of chances but they were unable to hit the back of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Muhsin Ertugral made a double substitution in the 62nd minute with Mzwakali replacing Lance Davids and Tashreeq Morris replacing Nathn Paulse respectively.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The duo&rsquo;s direct play created openings for their teammates, first Morris took on the Stars defence playing Rogers into space inside the box but the Ajax striker fired his shot over the bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax continued to attack the space afforded them but a packed defence ensured that Stars took home all three points on the night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3149Sun, 22 Dec 2013 00:44:00 +0200Ajax v Stars Preview<div>Ajax Cape Town will chase a fourth straight Absa Premiership win when they host Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 21 December 2013, kick-off at 20h15.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax recorded a third successive league win when they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 at home on Wednesday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape side has picked up 13 points from their seven home matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Golden Arrows (home), Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu (both away).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are placed seventh on the Absa Premiership log with 19 points from 13 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stars suffered a first home defeat of the season when they were beaten 3-0 by Orlando Pirates on Monday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Rustenburg team has claimed eight points from their seven away matches so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Bidvest Wits (away), Mamelodi Sundowns (home) and Polokwane City (away).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dikwena are placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 19 points from 13 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Stars have met in 20 league matches since 2003/04.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors have 10 wins compared to four for Dikwena, while six matches have been drawn.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax has a strong home record against Stars, with six wins and just one defeat from 10 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last season the Cape side won their home match 4-1, but Dikwena claimed revenge in the return match with a 3-0 victory in Rustenburg.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last ten league games</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Season<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Result<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Scorers</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2008/09<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Stars 1-1 Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Masanabo; Masel</div> <div>2008/09<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax 1-1 Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Alexander; Grobler</div> <div>2009/10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Stars 0-1 Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Selolwane</div> <div>2009/10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax 2-0 Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Davids, Serero</div> <div>2010/11<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax 2-0 Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Rusike, Doutie</div> <div>2010/11<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Stars 0-3 Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Fanteni 2 (1 pen), Billiat</div> <div>2011/12<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Stars 2-0 Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Phalane, Ngwepe (pen)</div> <div>2011/12<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax 3-2 Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Manyama, Booth, Lolo; Msomi, Phala</div> <div>2012/13<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax 4-1 Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Dolly, Grobler 2, Billiat; Malokase (pen)</div> <div>2012/13<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Stars 3-0 Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Malokase, Ngele, Phala</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Head-to-Head&nbsp;</div> <div>(League only, since 2003/04)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Home<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>P<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>W<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>D<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>L<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GF<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GA</div> <div>Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>6<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>1<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>20<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>8</div> <div>Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>8<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Away</div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>P<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>W<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>D<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>L<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GF<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GA</div> <div>Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>8</div> <div>Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>1<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>3<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>6<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>8<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>20</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Total<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>P<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>W<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>D<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>L<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GF<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>GA</div> <div>Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>20<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>6<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>30<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>16</div> <div>Stars<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>20<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>4<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>6<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>10<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>16<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>30</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Backpage text</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3148Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:04:00 +0200Lolo ready for Stars<div>Cecil Lolo is training hard to make the starting line-up ahead of Platinum Stars game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lolo, a right-back in the Ajax line-up was side-lined due to an injury picked up in November.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lolo is a product of the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy is in his fourth year as an Ajax PSL player, he signed a new two year contract with the Urban Warriors in October 2013,</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He was included in the Ajax squad for the last few games, and he will be hoping for some game time in the Platinum Stars game against whom he scored in last season&rsquo;s corresponding fixture.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3147Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:55:00 +0200Injury update from Ikamva<div>Injury concerns could force a change in Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s starting line-up for the match against Platinum Stars.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During the previous fixture against Bloemfontein Celtic; Eleazar Rogers and Toriq Losper failed to finish the game. Rogers was substituted after a clash of heads that saw the Ajax striker being stretched off due to a head injury.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rogers was attended to by the AjaxCT medical team and received 7 stitches to his head-wound.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Meanwhile Losper is available for selection despite his forced substitution during the game. He recovered from a bout of nausea and has trained with the team in preparation for this game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Two other players have been in the treatment room at Ikamva since Wednesday&rsquo;s game, both Abbubaker Mobara and Nathan Paulse needed attention.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mobara was assisted off the field after he received an impact injury late in the second half.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Paulse on the other hand suffered an ankle injury and the synopsis is that all four players should recover in-time to be included in the squad to face Platinum Stars.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The only players not considered for this game are Franklin Cale, Travis Graham, Koen van de Laak, Ndumiso Vezi and Nazeer Allie.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They are recovering from long term injuries and could only be available in 2014.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3146Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:19:00 +0200Late goal seals Ajax win<div>A superb goal by Aidan Jenniker sealed Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s 2-1 win against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The first half was a tactical affair with both teams packing the midfield areas in order to gain the upper hand.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anssi Jaakkola kept Ajax in the game making a number of crucial saves to deny Celtic. Ajax was forced to make an early substitution; Ernesto replaced Toriq Losper late in the second half.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game came to life in the second half with goals aplenty.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax suffered a setback when Rogers was forced to leave the field with a head injury after a collision with Clayton Daniels and as a result Paulse replaced Rogers.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The first goal was scored in the 62nd minute when Clayton Daniels played a long ball forward; Ntanga timed his run perfectly to head the ball past an advancing Jaakkola to give Celtic the lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax hit back almost immediately when Nathan Paulse ran onto a Keagan Dolly pass, finding the back of the net at the far post to equalize.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The visitors took the game to Ajax and came close to retaking the lead when Ntanga fired a curling shot at goal, Jaakkola responded with an acrobatic save; tipping the ball against the cross-bar to keep his team in the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With time running out Aidan Jenniker received the ball just outside the penalty area he took two strides forward before unleashing a thunderous strike, the ball sailed into the Celtic goal hitting the side netting at the far post (2-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The win moved Ajax Cape Town into seventh position of the PSL standings ahead of their next game in three days&rsquo; time. Ajax play Platinum Stars on Saturday December 21 at the Cape Town Stadium; kick off is at 20h15.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3145Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:59:00 +0200Ajax targeting three points <div>Ajax Cape Town will look for a hat-trick of Absa Premiership victories when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, 18 December 2013, kick-off at 19h30.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they beat both SuperSport United (2-1, away) and Maritzburg United (3-1, home).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape side has picked up 10 points from a possible 18 at home so far this season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Platinum Stars, Golden Arrows (both home) and Orlando Pirates (away).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 16 points from 12 matches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Celtic extended their unbeaten run in the league to eight matches with a 3-0 home win over Golden Arrows last week.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Bloemfontein side has claimed nine points from a possible 18 in their six away matches so far this season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Bidvest Wits, Mamelodi Sundowns (both away) and Polokwane City (home).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Phunya Sele Sele are placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 16 points from 12 matches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Celtic have met in 22 league matches since 1999/2000.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each side has claimed eight wins against the other, while six matches have been drawn.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax has a strong home record against Celtic, with seven wins and just one defeat in 11 home matches down the years.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last season Phunya Sele Sele took four points off the Urban Warriors, winning 2-1 in Bloemfontein and drawing 2-2 in Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>MTN Football&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3144Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:37:00 +0200Christmas cheer with Baphumelele<div>Every one of us has a responsibility to make a difference in our Community and Ajax Cape Town pride themselves in developing youth hence the slogan &ldquo;No Youth No Future&rdquo;.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Throughout the year the Ajax Cape Town Community Scheme program works within schools across the Western Cape as part of the Urban Warriors Community program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition to the Community Scheme program Ajax Cape Town entrenches their presence within their community by hosting an annual Christmas party for underprivileged children.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At this time of the year, with a sense of Goodwill in the air there is no better time to give back, to the community than during Christmas period.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It has become an annual tradition for Ajax to choose an organization from their community with whom to share Christmas cheer. The organization is selected from amongst a number of requests received throughout the year.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year Ajax Cape Town reviewed a number of worthy causes and after much deliberation and debate selected the &ldquo;Baphumelele Child Headed Households&rdquo; from Khayelitsha.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Baphumelele has witnessed the continued impact of HIV/AIDS on families in Khayelitsha. &nbsp;Some of the most vulnerable children have been affected by the on-going pandemic &ndash; in many instances, these children have lost their parents and are now isolated and living alone within the community.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It is this very reason that Ajax felt something needed to be done, and we have concluded to give all 110 kids from Baphumelele an Ajax Experience Match day experience at Cape Town Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax experience will include the following:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <ul> <li>Ajax Cape Town bussing all the kids from Khayelitsha to the Stadium and back home.&nbsp;</li> <li>A Match day Hospitality that includes dinner at the Stadium.</li> <li>Exclusive stadium tour for the kids to see the team&rsquo;s dressing rooms and field area before the start of the match.</li> <li>Opportunity for 22 of the kids to escort the teams to the pitch.</li> <li>Ajax players to exchange Christmas Gifts with the kids after their dinner.</li> </ul> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information go to - http://www.baphumelele.org.za/baphumelele-projects/child-headed-homes/</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3143Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:10:00 +0200Brazuca set for Cape debut<div>The official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match ball, Brazuca will make its Cape Town debut when Ajax Cape Town plays Bloemfontein Celtic at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday 18 December 2013, kick-off at 19h30 (CAT).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Brazuca was launched on December 04, 2013 and was named following a public vote in Brazil involving 1 million football fans; the name &ldquo;brazuca&rdquo; is an informal local term which means &ldquo;Brazilian&rdquo;, or to describe the Brazilian way of life.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The colours and ribbon design of the ball panels symbolise the traditional multi-coloured wish bracelets worn in the country (fita do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia), in addition to reflecting the vibrancy and fun associated with football in Brazil.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The launch of brazuca marks the next phase of adidas&rsquo; &ldquo;All in or Nothing&rdquo; 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil&trade; campaign, following the launch of seven national federation FIFA World Cup&trade; kits and the Samba Collection, a Brazilian-themed football boot collection.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The FIFA World Cup&trade; is the world&rsquo;s largest football event and the ultimate platform for the adidas state-of-the-art apparel, hardware and footwear. adidas has made every FIFA World Cup&trade; ball since 1970, and recently extended the partnership with FIFA until 2030, including the supply of the official match ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Brazuca is available to purchase globally from today in selected adidas retail outlets at the recommended retail price of R1 499.00.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3142Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:01:00 +0200Amajita crowned COSAFA Champs<div>The South African U20 team was crowned the COSAFA U20 Challenge Champions after they beat Kenya 2-0 in the final, in Maseru, Lesotho on Saturday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Goals by Ayabulela Magqwaka and Siyanda Ngubo in each half were enough to seal the win and secure Amajita their fifth COSAFA Cup title.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Magqwaka opened the scoring in the 10th minute of the game when he scored from a corner to give Amajita the lead.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The South Africans enjoyed the bulk of the possession and the doubled their lead in the second half when Siyanda Ngubo ran onto a long ball forward to lob the ball over an advancing Peter Odhiambo, in goal for Kenya.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Amajita held onto their lead to win the COSAFA Cup U20 Challenge title.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town was represented by Jody February, Ayabukeka Magqwaka and Rivaldo Coetzee.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ayabulela Magqwaka captained the side during the tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3141Sat, 14 Dec 2013 20:06:00 +0200Ajax aim for 3 points<div>Ajax Cape Town will look for a hat-trick of Absa Premiership victories when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, 18 December 2013, kick-off at 19h30.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they beat both SuperSport United (2-1, away) and Maritzburg United (3-1, home).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape side has picked up 10 points from a possible 18 at home so far this season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Platinum Stars, Golden Arrows (both home) and Orlando Pirates (away).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are placed ninth on the Absa Premiership log with 16 points from 12 matches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Celtic extended their unbeaten run in the league to eight matches with a 3-0 home win over Golden Arrows last week.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Bloemfontein side has claimed nine points from a possible 18 in their six away matches so far this season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next three league opponents are Bidvest Wits, Mamelodi Sundowns (both away) and Polokwane City (home).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Phunya Sele Sele are placed eighth on the Absa Premiership log with 16 points from 12 matches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Celtic have met in 22 league matches since 1999/2000.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each side has claimed eight wins against the other, while six matches have been drawn.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax have a strong home record against Celtic, with seven wins and just one defeat in 11 home matches down the years.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last season Phunya Sele Sele took four points off the Urban Warriors, winning 2-1 in Bloemfontein and drawing 2-2 in Cape Town.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax&rsquo;s line-up from their 3-1 win over Maritzburg: Jaakkola, Hlatshwayo, Isaacs, Krjauklis, Jenniker, Alexander, Manyama, Mobara, Rodgers (Morris 52&rsquo;), Losper (Scott 70&rsquo;), Dolly (Mzwakali 84&rsquo;).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Celtic&rsquo;s line-up from their 3-0 win over Arrows: Tignyemb, Mzava, Nthethe, Letlabika, Mahoa, Buchanan (Mogorosi 76&rsquo;), Arwuah, Nyatama, Ntanga, Mhango (Morena 82&rsquo;), Manzine (Lamola 64&rsquo;). &nbsp;</p> <p>Text: MTN Football&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3139Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:06:00 +0200Ajax honour Madiba<div>Ajax Cape Town paid homage Nelson Mandela, by attending his memorial service at Cape Town Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The service was held at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday. Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s staff and players were in attendance to pay their respects and celebrate the life of their iconic hero.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mandela, who passed away on December 5, was an avid sports lover and was famous for his inspiring of the 1996 Bafana, Bafana African Cup of Nations winning team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was a deserved break away from the Urban Warriors heavy training schedule as they prepare to host Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars next week, in their two final games of 2013.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3138Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:10:00 +0200Ajax and CAFE EXTRABLATT promotion<div>Ajax Cape Town and CAF&Eacute; EXTRABLATT is joining forces to offer Ajax supporters a special deal on match days for the Ajax Cape Town v Bloemfontein Celtic game and Platinum Stars games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The promotion in conjunction with CAF&Eacute; EXTRABLATT includes</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>A burger and chips</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>A 300ML Castle Lite Draught or Soda</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<strong> PLUS</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>A ticket for the Ajax Cape Town v Bloemfontein Celtic game and Platinum Stars games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>For only R95!!!</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Terms and Conditions:</strong></div> <div>YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR SEAT AT CAF&Eacute; EXTRABLATT (tel: 021 286 0460 or 087 625 0463)</div> <div>The promotion is available from Fri 13 &ndash; Sat 21 Dec, 2013 &ndash;&nbsp;</div> <div>Limited tickets available.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>About Cafe Extrablatt;</div> <div>Caf&eacute; Extrablatt in Green Point is the first of this highly successful German caf&eacute; brand to open in South Africa.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The caf&eacute; allows for early breakfasts enjoyed with a cup of Schumli Coffee (grounded freshly and brewed while you wait)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The breakfast buffet goes beyond the usual variations with a selection of artisan bread and embellishments.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Extrablatt offers much more than just incredible breakfasts. After lunch as the lights are dimmed, the entire ambience crosses over to that of a cosy restaurant.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CAF&Eacute; EXTRABLATT is located at Exhibition Building, 79 Main Road, Green Point, (opposite the Cape Town Stadium).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3137Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:17:00 +0200Manyama set for move to Chiefs<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that they have agreed to the terms with Kaizer Chiefs for the services of Lebogang Manyama.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mayama&rsquo;s move to the Chiefs in January is subject to the player agreeing personal terms with the club.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou said, &ldquo;We have agreed and accepted the offer made by Kaizer Chiefs for Manyama&rsquo;s services.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As new management, we indicated at the start of the season that we would like to retain our players so as to build a strong and competitive team. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We offered Lebo a new lucrative contract however the player indicated that he would like to make a move and start a new adventure in his life.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With Lebo&rsquo;s contract coming to an end in June 2014, we had no alternative but to consider all our options.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kaizer Chiefs was first off the block, tabling an offer that was fair and reasonable.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are absolutely sure that Lebo will play his heart out in the remaining two home games against Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars next week and will leave the club that launched his career with a flurry of goals.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We appreciate Lebo&rsquo;s contribution to the success of Ajax Cape Town during his time at Ikamva and we wish him well for his future.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3136Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:01:00 +0200Najare trains at Ikamva<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that Musa Najare is training with the club.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Najare arrived last week and has been training with Ajax under Heads Coach Muhsin Ertugral.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He is regarded as one of the brightest stars at Warri Wolves, he emerged the highest goal scorer in the 2013 Federation Cup last season netting five goals for his club in this competition.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Musa plays for Warri Wolves and is able to play as a striker or as an attacking central midfielder.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3135Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:12:00 +0200 New Dates for PSL fixtures<div>The PSL has given notice of a change of fixtures for the Ajax Cape Town v Bloemfontein Celtic and Ajax Cape Town v Platinum Stars games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The change of fixture dates is due to the many memorial services that are being held in stadia for our late former President Nelson Mandela, and the relaying of these services to local stadia.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Initially Ajax Cape Town was scheduled to play Bloemfontein Celtic in Bloemfontein however due to the current situation the game has been switched to Cape Town on Wednesday 18, December, 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game against Platinum Stars has been moved from Friday evening to Saturday to accommodate the Celtic game in Cape Town</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The new dates for the following games are;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Ajax Cape Town v Bloemfontein Celtic</strong></div> <div>Date: Wednesday, 18 December, 2013</div> <div>Time: 19h30</div> <div>Venue: Cape Town Stadium</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Ajax Cape Town v Platinum Stars</strong></div> <div>Date: Saturday, 21 December, 2013.</div> <div>Time: 20h15</div> <div>Venue: Cape Town Stadium</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3134Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:23:00 +0200Ticket refund for AjaxCT v O Pirates<p>Due to the postponement of the Ajax Cape Town v Orlando Pirates game all supporters who bought tickets for Ajax Cape Town vs Orlando Pirates game can go to their nearest Computicket outlet for a refund.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It has been decided that all Premier Division, National First Division and NFD Qualification Competition fixtures scheduled up to and including 15 December 2013 are postponed.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This is due to the many memorial services that are being held in stadia for our late former President Nelson Mandela, and the relaying of these services to local stadia.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will advise the rescheduled dates as soon as possible, but clubs are advised that fixtures will resume on Monday 16 December. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3133Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:41:00 +0200Fan Store breakthrough<div>After many, many requests from supporters both locally and nationally, we can finally announce that Ajax Cape Town has partnered with two retailers Sneakers and Team Sport.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sneakers Internal PTY (Ltd) is a national retail sportswear chain with stores situated in East London, Randburg, OR Tambo, Cape Town International Airport (three stores) and Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sneakers offer a wide range of sports related kit/ merchandise and with branches throughout the country.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The second retailer in partnership with Ajax Cape Town is Team Sports, a locally based retailer based in Access Park, Kenilworth.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Team Sport is a new exciting retailer with a variety of merchandise and they also have a mobile vendor based at the V&amp;A Waterfront.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In partnership with Sneakers and Team Sports, Ajax Cape Town is able to increase their merchandise footprint and as a result the club will be able to meet the demand of all their supporters nationwide.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dion Mostert the Sales and Merchandising Manager at Ajax Cape Town said, &ldquo;I would like to wish our new partners great success, thank them for being our partners and hope that our relationships grow steadfast in the coming months.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT Fan Store is eager to increase their stock levels but more importantly to broaden the range of Ajax Cape Town merchandise to remain &ldquo;fresh and exciting.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We welcome Sneakers and Team Sports to the Ajax Cape Town family.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3155Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0200Ajax v Pirates postponed<p class="Default">The PSL has decided to postpone ALL fixtures until December 16, 2013.</p> <p class="Default">The postponement includes the Ajax Cape Town v Orlando Pirates game scheduled for Athlone Stadium on Thursday.</p> <p class="Default">All PSL fixtures will resume on December 16, 2013.</p> <p class="Default">PSL CIRCULAR: Postponement of fixtures&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default">Dear All&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default">It has been decided that all Premier Division, National First Division and NFD Qualification Competition fixtures scheduled up to and including 15 December 2013 are postponed.&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default">This is due to the many memorial services that are being held in stadia for our late former President Nelson Mandela, and the relaying of these services to local stadia.&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default">We will advise the rescheduled dates as soon as possible, but clubs are advised that fixtures will resume on Monday 16 December. &nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p class="Default">&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3132Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:15:00 +0200Manyama's brace seals Ajax win<div>An early first half brace laid the foundation for Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s 3-1 win over Maritzburg United at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game kicked off after the players, supporters and officials held a moments silence as a mark of respect at the passing of Nelson Mandela.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eleazar had promised goals after he scored his debut goal last week and he made good on his promise.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT striker latched onto an Aidan Jenniker pass to fire the ball into the United net from close range in the second minute of the game. Within 12 minutes Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s doubled when Lebo Manyama scored after good work on the flanks by Keagan Dolly.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United fought back but Anssi Jaakkola was alert to the danger and he made a crucial save off Yakuba. The Ajax keeper punched the ball clear of his goal after Yakub&rsquo;s free-kick.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Yakuba tested Anssi again but his fierce shot at goal was pushed away to maintain Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s 2-0 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the second half United began to settle and they pressed Ajax back into their own half creating a few scoring chances.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But the visitors were pegged back when Ajax Cape Town were awarded a penalty in the 60th minute of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lebo Mayama scored his second from the penalty spot.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Maritzburg responded in like fashion when Delron Buckley pulled United back into the game when he scored at the near post (3-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax held onto their two goal lead to maintain their fine form on the green with a 3-1 win.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3130Sat, 07 Dec 2013 01:01:00 +0200RIP Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela<div>South Africa is in mourning after news of the passing of Nelson Mandela was made public on Thursday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the Ajax Cape Town PRO said, &ldquo;On behalf of all the Ajax Cape Town staff, players, supporters and their families; we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Mandela family at the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18/07/1918 - 05/12/2013) at the age of 95years old.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mr Mandela was a shining example to all South Africans and leaves behind a legacy that we all should uphold. He was a humble servant of the nation who strove to make South Africa a better place for all.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>May the love of extended family and friends comfort the Mandela family at this difficult time as they mourn the loss of a husband, father and grandfather.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3129Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:12:00 +0200adidas unveils BRAZUCA<div>ADIDAS UNVEILS BRAZUCA: THE OFFICIAL MATCH BALL OF THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL&trade;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Design of brazuca inspired by vibrant colours, passion and heritage of Brazil</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>4th December 2013 &ndash; adidas today unveiled brazuca, the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil&trade; match ball. The ball was revealed with a spectacular 3D light projection launch event held at the iconic Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>brazuca was named back in September 2012 following a public vote in Brazil involving 1 million football fans; the name &ldquo;brazuca&rdquo; is an informal local term which means &ldquo;Brazilian&rdquo;, or to describe the Brazilian way of life. The colours and ribbon design of the ball panels symbolise the traditional multi-coloured wish bracelets worn in the country (fita do Senhor do Bonfim da Bahia), in addition to reflecting the vibrancy and fun associated with football in Brazil.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>brazuca went through a thorough testing process over a two and a half year period involving more than 600 of the world&rsquo;s top players and 30 teams in 10 countries across three continents, making it the most tested ball ever by adidas and ensuring that it is suited to all conditions. Clubs involved in testing included AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Palmeiras and Fluminese. Players involved in the process included global football stars Leo Messi, Iker Casillas, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zinedine Zidane. The ball has already been tested in competitive international matches at the FIFA U-20 World Cup&trade; with a different print design, and was also used in a friendly match between Sweden and Argentina in February 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The technology incorporated into the bladder and carcass of brazuca is identical to the Tango 12 (UEFA Euro 2012&trade;), Cafusa (FIFA Confederations Cup 2013) and the ever popular UEFA Champions League&trade; Official Match Ball. However, a new structural innovation with a unique symmetry of six identical panels alongside a different surface structure will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch. brazuca has been thoroughly tested to meet and exceed all FIFA metrics for an official match ball, ensuring top performance for every condition.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>adidas has called on players and fans to &quot;Love Me or Lose Me&quot; with the unveiling of brazuca as part of its &quot;All In or Nothing&quot; World Cup campaign. adidas is launching @brazuca on Twitter, where fans will be able to track the build-up to the FIFA World Cup&trade; in Brazil through the eyes of the ball as it travels the world and offers an alternative take on the game. brazuca will visit footballing nations, meet players and celebrities, and take part in major cultural events before landing in Brazil for the first game in June, and will be tweeting all the way.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brazilian star Dani Alves said: &quot;My first impression of brazuca is of a ball that is fantastic and we&rsquo;re going to have a lot of fun with it. adidas has created an incredible-looking ball fitting for a tournament as big as the FIFA World Cup. Most importantly it plays well on the ground and in the air. I'm sure all the players will love it. It's increased my levels of excitement even further and I honestly cannot wait for the opening game!&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>FIFA World Cup&trade; winning Spanish captain Iker Casillas said:&rdquo;brazuca has a stunning design that feels inspired by Brazil. Now the ball has been launched the tournament feels a lot closer. I&rsquo;m looking forward to playing in Brazil with a great ball. Hopefully with brazuca we can get the same result as in 2010.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The launch of brazuca marks the next phase of adidas&rsquo; &ldquo;All in or Nothing&rdquo; 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil&trade; campaign, following the launch of seven national federation FIFA World Cup&trade; kits and the Samba Collection, a Brazilian-themed football boot collection. The FIFA World Cup&trade; is the world&rsquo;s largest football event and the ultimate platform for the adidas state-of-the-art apparel, hardware and footwear. adidas has made every FIFA World Cup&trade; ball since 1970, and recently extended the partnership with FIFA until 2030, including the supply of the official match ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>brazuca is available to purchase globally from today in selected adidas retail outlets at the recommended retail price of R1 499.00.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For up-to-date news from adidas South Africa visit the adidas South Africa news stream, adidas.co.za/football, follow #allin via adidasZA on Instagram and @adidasZA or @brazuca on Twitter to join the conversation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>- ENDS -</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For further information please contact:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Gugu Ntuli&nbsp;</div> <div>adidas South Africa&nbsp;</div> <div>Public Relations Manager: Performance &nbsp;</div> <div>Email: gugu.ntuli@adidas.com</div> <div>Tel: +27 (21) 442 6200</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rikki Lee Majiet</div> <div>Ogilvy &amp; Mather PR Cape Town</div> <div>Account Executive&nbsp;</div> <div>Email: rikki.majiet@ogilvy.co.za</div> <div>Tel: +27 (21) 467 1164 &nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3128Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:04:00 +0200I like what I saw - Ertugral<div>Muhsin Ertugral is impressed with what he saw of Tomi Ameobi at today&rsquo;s training session.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;Tomi Ameobi is here training with us.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He is not only a deep striker but he also an active player who can keep the ball. He is good in the air and with the ball at his feet.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tomi is technically gifted and I like what I saw.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We looking for a striker and we do have a foreign spot still available.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3127Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:53:00 +0200Muhsin wary of Martizburg Utd<div>Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral is not take too lightly the Urban Warrior&rsquo;s game against a rejuvenated Maritzburg United on Friday evening at the Cape Town Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town have had a good run-in recently, collecting points in five of their last six games with three wins and two draw results.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Maritzburg come to Cape Town anxious to turn-around their form of four losses, a draw in their six games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite these results, Ertugral is wary of the visitors knowing that the hungriest team will take the points.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;We are not under estimating Maritzburg Utd at all we no right to do that, we know that they are a good team and that are very good in the one on one situation&rsquo;s.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They are also an organised team at the back and we will have to see how to unlock their defence but like I say, all respect to them we won&rsquo;t underestimate them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For the first time in a long time we played excellent football in the first half against Free Stat Stars and against Chiefs, and I would like to see these players replicate that display for 90 minutes against United.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s very important that we find the right balance and rhythm against Maritzburg United.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3126Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:31:00 +0200Tomi Ameobi training at Ikamva<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that striker; Tomi Ameobi is training at Ikamva.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The former Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers striker participated in his first training session with the Ajax Cape Town squad yesterday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tomi enjoyed his best period during 2011/2012 at B&Iacute;/Bolungarv&iacute;k, in Iceland scoring 11 goals in 22 appearances.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ameobi is the younger brother of Shola Ameobi &nbsp;a striker at Newcastle United &nbsp;and the older brother of Sammy Ameobi who is also on the books at Newcastle Utd however he was loaned out to Middlesbrough FC.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3125Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:48:00 +0200Ajax trio for Amajita<div>Three players from Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Youth Academy have been chosen for the South African U20 training camp ahead of the COSAFA Under-20 Championship in Lesotho.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jody February, Ayabukeka Magqwaka and Rivaldo Coetzee have been called up to the Amajita training camp in Johannesburg.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>February was instrumental in securing the Engen K/O Championship title for Ajax Cape Town at the tournament. He made a number of crucial saves throughout the tournament as well as saving two-penalties in the final against ASD Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jody February won the Goalkeeper of the Tournament Award at the 2013 Engen Knockout Challenge.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rivaldo Coetzee captained Ajax Cape Town to the Engen K/O Challenge title and he scooped the Defender and Player of the Tournament Awards.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ayabukeka, despite being only 17 years old is a U19 Copa Amsterdam Champion, an U19 Metropolitan Premier Cup Champion, U17 Engen Knock-Out Challenge Champion and an U17 Coke Cup Champion. He is one of a few select Ajax Cape Town players who collected Championship medals in every tournament Ajax Cape Town participated in the 2012/2013 youth season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Amajita face the Seychelles in Wednesday&rsquo;s Cosafa Under-20 Championship game in Lesotho. Fourteen nations from the Southern African region will compete in a 10-day tournament.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The South African U20 side have also been paired with Zambia and Namibia in Group C.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The South African U20 squad is;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Goalkeepers:</strong></div> <div>Jody February (Ajax Cape Town (F.C)&nbsp;</div> <div>Dumisani Msibi (SuperSport United F.C)</div> <div>Sibongiseni Mkhize (SuperSport United F.C)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Defenders:</strong>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kabelo Seriba (SuperSport United F.C)</div> <div>Motjeka Mashida (Mamelodi Sundowns F.C)</div> <div>Tebogo Moerane (Orlando Pirates Provisional Apprentice)&nbsp;</div> <div>Ayabulela Magqwaka (Ajax Cape Town F.C)</div> <div>Rivaldo Coetzee (Ajax Cape Town F.C))</div> <div>Khumbulani Mkhize (Shining Stars F.C)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Midfielders:</strong>&nbsp;</div> <div>Skhumbuzo Mazibuko (SuperSport United F.C)</div> <div>Tshepo Mashigo (School of Excellence)&nbsp;</div> <div>Tlotlo Leepile (Stars of Africa F.C)</div> <div>Nhlakanipho Ntuli (Orlando Pirates F.C)</div> <div>Pule Maraisane (Stars of Africa F.C)</div> <div>Sihle Nduli (Ethekwini Coastal F.C)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Strikers:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Fagrie Lakay (Santos F.C)</div> <div>Ntando Ngubane (Mamelodi Sundowns F.C)</div> <div>Siyanda Ngubo (Malaga F.C)</div> <div>Sakhile Hlongwe (Ethekwini Coastal F.C)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3124Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:58:00 +0200Scotty on the mend<div>Granwald Scott returned to action for Ajax Cape Town during their 5-2 win over the club&rsquo;s Under-19 squad at Ikamva on Saturday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The midfielder, who has been sidelined for the better part of the season, is on the verge of making a comeback to the first team after he was spotted in the midfield in Saturday&rsquo;s practice match.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola and skipper Dominic Isaacs were both rested for the fixture, while the likes of Keagan Dolly and Thulani Hlatshwayo all took to the field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Riyaad Norodien put the youngsters in the lead after just eight minutes, but goals from Cole Alexander and Dolly saw the Urban Warriors walk into the break with a 2-1 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nathan Paulse, Tasreeq Morris and Bantu Mzwakali all got on the scoresheet in the second 45, while Haashim Domingo added a second for the youngsters from the penalty spot.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The main positive was the return of Scott to the midfield for Ajax, while Lance Davids is still sidelined after coming off during the SuperSport United.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTN Football</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3123Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:11:00 +0200Ajax Experience - KIA & Sporting Chance<div>Ajax Cape Town has been in partnership for the last four years with Sporting Chance supporting them with their Kia Street Soccer Programme.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Kia Street Soccer programme takes place both locally and nationally with primary schools taking part. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Here in Cape Town many of the schools participating are the same schools that the Ajax Cape Town Community Scheme visits, hence the synergy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each community has its own tournament i.e. Athlone, Khayelitsha, with the winner progressing to the Regional Finals. &nbsp;The regional Finals are a big event in which we at Ajax Cape Town send our players to watch and motivate the kids and also our Community coaches to scout for talent. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The winners of the Regional Finals then go on to play in the National Finals looking to be crowned Grand Champions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition to this, Ajax Cape Town wanted to provide the kids with another incentive. &nbsp;22 kids were identified by the Sporting Chance team as players with potential. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town decided to give them an &ldquo;Ajax Experience&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The &ldquo;Ajax Experience&rdquo; took place on Friday 22 November 2013 at Ikamva. &nbsp;The kids were transported to Ikamva from as far as Grassy Park, Ocean View and were welcomed by the Ajax Cape Town Community Scheme coaches Riyaad, Jabu and Fezile. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 22 excited kids then headed straight to the changing rooms only to find a full Ajax kit awaiting them. &nbsp;The kids were then ushered out on to the &ldquo;A&rdquo; Field to undergo a full hour and a half training session. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The session took the form of warm up games and was then followed by passing, shooting and ball control drills. &nbsp;The kids were thoroughly enjoying the drills and their new surroundings and were building up quite a sweat.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To then end off the session an 11 a-side match was put on that was played in a very competitive manner.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Part two of the &ldquo;Ajax Experience&rdquo; after the kids had finished on the field was a tour of the Ikamva facility where Riyaad also told them the story of how Ajax Cape Town began. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The kids were exposed to every corner from the bosses&rsquo; offices to the Kit Room, with the PSL Changing room being the overwhelming favourite. &nbsp;To end off the tour the kids were taken to the lecture room where a quiz was performed. &nbsp;Lots of prize give aways were handed out for the lucky winners.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The final part of the &ldquo;Ajax Experience&rdquo; was the opportunity for each one of the 22 kids to fulfil their childhood dreams and become a player escort. &nbsp;Straight after the quiz the kids were provided with some light refreshments before getting into their vehicle and heading for Cape Town Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They were greeted at the stadium again by Riyaad before being given their accreditation and heading inside. &nbsp;They were taken on a small tour of the stadium before heading for the changing rooms to again put on the famous Ajax strip. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Then when the whistle was blown from the Referee out they walked onto the Cape Town Stadium Pitch for the Ajax Cape Town vs. Moroka Swallows game with the Supersport Cameras also watching their every move. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Although Ajax Cape Town on the night were defeated the 22 kids most certainly left the stadium as winners and with an experience that can only be described as &ldquo;Once in a lifetime&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3122Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:35:00 +0200Serero - Living the Ajax Dream<div>Just to think that a few years ago Thulani Serero was just one of the guys around the office at Ikamva, on Tuesday evening he appeared on the cover of the Ajax Amsterdam v Barcelona FC Champions League match program, scored the first goal in that game and was named as the &ldquo;Man of the Match&rdquo; for his performance on the night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Serero or Cream as his friends will call him has come a long way from Soweto via the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy to the biggest football stage in European football, the Champions League.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Many South African football fans and aficionados have still not come to terms that this bright star was nurtured by Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Youth Academy instead an academy of one of the JHB teams in his front door-step.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thulani arrived at Ikamva as a talented 10 year-old from Senane Gunners in Soweto and he rose through the ranks to the PSL team, playing 61 games for the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thulani&rsquo;s hit the pinnacle of South African football under the mentorship of the legendary Foppe de Haan, a knighted Dutch coach who transformed Serero from an above average player to an extraordinary player.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Amsterdam beckoned and he signed a contract effective from July 1, 2011. He struggled to pin down a regular starting berth in his first season at AFC Ajax Amsterdam however he has since matured, becoming a starting player with the Dutch giants.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In his last season in Cape Town; Serero was selected as PSL Footballer of the Year, the ABSA Premiership&rsquo;s Player of the Season, the Players Player of the Season and the Red Hot Young Player of the Season during the 2010/2011 season. In addition, he received Kick-Off magazine&rsquo;s Footballer of the Season award and Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Player of the Year awards.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All that is irrelevant now, he announced himself in grand style on Tuesday evening against the world's best, AFC Barcelona now he has the football world taking notice of his football skills.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With a number of youngsters coming through the ranks at the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy they have to look no further than Serero who is &quot;Living the Ajax Dream&quot;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3121Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:05:00 +0200You will see more from this team - Ertugral <div>Muhsin Ertugral promised before the kick-off against Supersport that Ajax Cape Town will turn the corner very soon as far as away results are concerned.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors had yet to win a game away from home this season and Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s recent form gave an indication of what was about to unfold against Matsatsantsa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors went onto dominate the game in wet conditions beating Supersport 2-1, the Ajax also missed a penalty in the last quarter of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral said, &ldquo;This was a critical win for the team. We have now won three, drew two and lost only one of our last six games.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In this game alone, I counted eight goal scoring opportunities and this shows that we are creating up scoring chances.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am proud of my players especially as we are missing a number of important players due to injuries/illness.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Climbing to eighth spot is not all that important; it&rsquo;s about sticking to our game-plan and winning games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I believe you will see more and more from this team.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3120Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:04:00 +0200We stuck to our plan - Dolly<div>Keagan Dolly capped a fine performance for Ajax Cape Town by winning the ABSA Premiership &ldquo;Man of the Match&rdquo; award at the Lucas Moripe Stadium against Supersport united on Tuesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the game he said, &ldquo;It was a good game for us. We did what the coach wanted us to do.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This is surely the turning point of our season. We played according to the coach&rsquo;s plan and it worked out very well for us on the night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We wanted to come out here for the win tonight and we did.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3119Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:20:00 +0200Eleazar - Goal was for the team<div>Eleazar Rogers first goal for Ajax Cape Town could not have come at a better time, the Urban Warrior opened the scoring in Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s first away win of the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;I think the opportunities came for me tonight and I am very happy to score for the team and their supporters.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am taking it one-game at a time and I thank God for making all things possible.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I aim to get more game time and I want to score more goals for the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was difficult out there but we had to make up for the loss at home.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3118Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:04:00 +0200Ajax 2 - S Sport 1<div>Ajax Cape Town secured their first away win of the season when they beat Supersport United 2-1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The win moves the Urban Warriors to eighth position of the ABSA Premiership table.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was played at a slower pace than anticipated. The inclement weather conditions prevented both teams from playing their free-flowing passing football. Both teams took time to settle making sure that their passes found the intended target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax pressed forward early in the game a warning that they were not content to sit back but go on the offensive. Chances fell to Manyama and Rogers but they could not find the back of the net as heavy underfoot conditions thwarted their goal attempts.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lance Davids was shown the first yellow card of the game when he pulled down Morne Nel in frustrated after he was pushed off the ball</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United too created openings on goal but the Ajax defence crowded out the player in possession or Anssi was in position to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game to life late in the first half after Eleazar Rogers put Ajax Cape Town in lead after good work by Dolly out wide on the left flank. Dolly&rsquo;s cross found Rogers at the far post and the Ajax striker made no mistake from close range.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United came back strong late in the first half, Niang played Phala into space but the ball skidded off the playing surface for an outside, then Matebula fired at goal from range but Anssi was in position to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the halftime break Jenniker replaced Davids and the Urban Warriors switched to the 4-4-2 formation.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United continued to pile on the pressure in search of an equaliser, first Ritus headed a dangerous clear of his goal area then Isaacs covered for Anssi after the Ajax Keeper dropped a wet ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax counter attacked via Ernesto and Dolly with the later creating another goal opportunity for Rogers. He cut-back a pass onto the penalty spot for Rogers who forced Fernandez to make the save with his feet.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rogers was booked for kicking the ball away at a Supersport free kick, Paulse replaced Rogers minutes later.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;Ritus and Isaacs were the busiest of central defenders on the night; they however cleared everything that came their way.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 70th minute Bantu Mzwakali replaced Manyama who was stretchered off due to an injury.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the last quarter of the game Paulse ran clear of the United defence but he delayed his cross that eventually fell too close to Fernandez.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dolly broke clear but his shot at goal was well wide, then Mzwakali sped through the United defence and lobbed an advancing United keeper unfortunately the ball hit the cross-bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax won awarded a penalty when Fransman brought down Bantu Mzwakali in the box. Hlatshwayo stepped up, but his shot was saved by Fernandez.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Two minutes later Doutie&rsquo;s cross-cum shot forced Anssi to punch the ball clear as the swirling wind made it difficult for the Ajax keeper to judge the flight of the ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Seven minutes from full time Aidan Jenniker no mistake when he scored for Ajax, his shot squeezed in at the near post to give Ajax a two-goal lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The lead was short-lived; a minute later Zuma won a penalty for United. He scored to set-up a frantic closing period of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There was more drama when the United captain was red carded after he was shown a second yellow card of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax held on to their slender lead to win the game (2-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3117Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:44:00 +0200Losper set to face Supersport<div>Toriq Losper is set to face Superpsort United after he was included in the travelling squad for this game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Toriq spent some time training with the Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s U-19 squad and has since made a return to the PSL team. Losper is a creative attacking midfielder and he is expected to give Ajax central midfield position impetus &nbsp;going forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax have yet to win away from home this season and Losper&rsquo;s inclusion is seen as a strategy to change this statistic.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3116Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:44:00 +0200Supersport v Ajax preview<div>Ajax Cape Town travel to the Lucas Moripe Stadium tonight in search of crucial points as they attempt to climb into the top ten of the ABSA Premiership standings.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Supersport, still licking their wounds after their Telkom Knockout exit will be keen to get back to winning ways when they face the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Leading up to this game Ajax Cape Town where unbeaten in four of their last five games before succumbing to Swallows last Friday. In this period Ajax did not concede a goal and they would want to return to that form tonight.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United&rsquo;s record reads as follows; they have won twice, drew twice and lost once in their last five fixtures leaving the odds on this game wide open.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Supersport is well aware of Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s game as they have a number of former Ajax players as well as a former coach in their camp.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cavin Johnson is all too familiar with the Urban Warriors set-up having served the club Head of Youth, Assistant Coach and Coach between 200 and 2006.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>George Maluleke, Sameehg Doutie and Bradley Grobler have all donned the Red and White of Ajax Cape Town and they will be keen to put Ajax to the sword.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>However, under Coach Muhsin Ertugral the Urban Warriors play a different brand of football and they are improving with every game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s squad is boosted by the return of Annssi Jaakkola, the Fin did not play in the 3-1 defeat to Swallows due to illness however he has recovered and will play tonight against Supersport.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Another player returning to the squad is Toriq Losper, the midfielder returned to the squad after he was sent to train with the reserves last week.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3115Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:52:00 +0200Anssi set for Ajax return<div>Ajax Cape Town was boosted by the return of Anssi Jaakkola when he was included in the Ajax Cape Town squad to face Supersport United on Tuesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Fin joined the travelling party as they prepared for the United game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jaakkola missed Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s game against Moroka Swallows last Friday after falling ill at the team&rsquo;s hotel shortly before kick-off.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax keeper suffered a bout of food poisoning that ruled him out of the Swallows game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Recently the Anssi displayed some excellent performances earning himself two &ldquo;Man of the Match&rdquo; awards and he will be hoping to do the same at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday evening</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3114Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:01:00 +0200Fight for 90 mins - Ertugral<div>Muhsin Ertugral has urged his players to step-up; achieve and show some aggression in the next few games of 2013&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;I been on the necks of some of our players to step-up, they have been with this team two or three years now and they are not considered youngsters anymore.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I want them to pick-up their game and take some responsibility.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I also spoke to them about the will to win games, to show the hunger aspect and to fight for 90 minutes and not hide on the field.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3113Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:56:00 +0200Annssi setback for Ajax<div>Ajax Cape Town suffered a set-back before the game kicked-off when Anssi Jaakkola fell ill at the team&rsquo;s hotel ahead of the Ajax Cape Town v Moroka Swallows game in Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Muhsin Ertugral revealed that Jaakkola suffered a bout of food poisoning that prevented his participation in the Swallows game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jaakkola established himself as the first choice Ajax keeper by keeping a clean sheet in his last four games. The Fin also cemented his place in the Ajax goal with some excellent performances that earned him two &ldquo;Man of the Match&rdquo; awards.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax plays Supersport United and Maritzburg United in the next two weeks the Ajax coach will be keen to include Anssi in his squad.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3112Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:49:00 +0200Swallows secure the points<div>Moroka Swallows beat Ajax Cape Town 3-1 at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Goals by Manqele, Nomvethe and Chabangu secured the win for the visitors who moved within two points of the log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns and Keagan Dolly scored the solitary Ajax goal&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town suffered a set-back before the game kicked-off when Anssi Jaakkola fell ill at the team&rsquo;s hotel.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors never recovered from conceding an early goal; with eight minutes on the clock Manqele ran onto a Chabangu pass to slot the ball into the back of the Ajax net with a low shot past the keeper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax took a while to settle after conceding the goal; they started to put some passes together but seldom threatened the Swallows keeper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Five minutes before halftime Etafia made a brave save, diving at the feet of Tasreeq Morris to foil the Ajax striker&rsquo;s attempt to equalise. The Swallows keeper repeated the feat minutes later to the frustration of Morris.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Swallows experienced a few anxious minutes before the end of the first half as Ajax started to find their rhythm however their time ran out as the match official&rsquo;s whistle signalled halftime.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Swallows started the second half in the same manner as they started the first, taking the game to Ajax with quick counter-attacks down the flanks.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The ploy paid-off for Swallows when Mabalane sprinted free down the right flank and found Nomvete with a precision pass that allowed the Swallows number ten time to pick his spot in the back of the Ajax net to double the score in Swallows favour.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax coach Muhsin Ertugral brought on Ernesto for Shabalala, Rogers for Morris and Mzwakali for Alexander in a bit to wrestle the game away from Swallows.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As a result, Ajax played more direct football and substitute Eleazar Rogers forced Etafia to make a save with a low shot at goal but the Swallows keeper parried the ball into the path of Keagan Dolly who made no mistake from close range (2-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The combination of Mobara, Mzwakali, Dolly, Rogers and Manyama caused Swallows problems at the back.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With Ajax committing players forward in search of an equaliser it was Swallows who scored when Chabangu&rsquo;s free kick beat the wall to rest in the back of the Ajax net (3-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors threw caution to the wind and they took the game to Swallows. The visitors kept their lead intact despite a frantic closing phase. An Ajax attack saw the ball ping-pong around the Swallows goal-line before rebounding off the bar and out to the dismay of the home team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Swallows held on to secure their victory away from home.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3111Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:32:00 +0200Points will stay in Cape Town<div>Muhsin Ertugral is confident Ajax Cape Town will come away with maximum points when his side welcome Moroka Swallows.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The two Absa Premiership outfits will return to domestic action on Friday evening at Cape Town Stadium where Ajax will look to maintain their unbeaten run of four matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Our last three games were very exciting games,&rdquo; said the head coach.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;If we go back to first halves against Mamelodi Sundowns, Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs, they were all exceptional and we hope that Friday night will be a special night in history.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Swallows are an exciting team. They have a lot of players who have quality and the quality aspect, for me, is what makes them strong.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They have players who can turn a game around. I am pretty sure that the three points are going to stay here.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The former Kaizer Chiefs tactician touched on one particular player who he thinks will cause a challenge for his backline, Siyabonga Nomvethe.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I think it will be a very exciting game,&rdquo; added the Turk. &ldquo;With Swallows, Siyabonga Nomvethe comes straight to mind. &lsquo;Bhele&rsquo; was a player with me and he is a brilliant player who I have great respect for.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I know it will be a challenge to close him down.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Ajax will be without the services of Toriq Losper, who has been sent back to the reserves , while Swallows have their skipper Lefa Tsutsulupa out with injury. &nbsp;</p> <p>Text: MTN Football</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3110Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:28:00 +0200Protect the youngsters - Ertugral<div>Ajax head coach, Muhsin Ertugral, has publically preached to SAFA to protect young emerging families from falling victim to agents&rsquo; business dealings.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Turkish tactician feels that players are being taken advantage of by the promise of money and status at a bigger team and, as a result, are being swept away to bigger clubs before they have finished developing.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are in a situation where generally talented and young players are speaking with managers at the age of 14 or 15-years-old,&rdquo; he tells MTNFootball in an exclusive interview.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral has been a pioneer amongst PSL coaches when it comes to giving young players a chance and this season he has once more brought through several talented young diamonds.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;These managers go into the market and take advantage of the players and the parents or the poorness of the children. This is my preach to Safa, the PSL or our organizing bodies to look into it deeper.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We need to protect the young South African players and their families from the people who are taking advantage of them.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral expressed that the problem not only lies in South Africa and admits he is concerned in seeing his youngsters being taken away before they are finished developing.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;For instance, I have a friend in Europe, who is also a manager, and he has one of the greatest talents in Belgian football. He is 14-years-old and he has already been approached by Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich,&rdquo; continued Ertugral.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The top teams are behind him and, what is happening in Europe, is that the families are already getting so much money to buy the rights of this player for the next ten years.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are speaking about nearly &euro;5m for the family. He gets his teaching, his academic and transport to school and training.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Unfortunately, in South Africa, we need to find measures how to protect these players.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It worries me a bit as a person who wants to grow his players, but who can see that the families don&rsquo;t have a financial background and people are coming with these figures that aren&rsquo;t healthy.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&ldquo;The PSL and Safa needs to instil a certain code of conduct where managers are controlled in their movements.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>Text MTN Football</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3107Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:49:00 +0200Anssi gets thumbs-up from Ertugral<div>Anssi Jaakkola has been given the thumbs-up by his coach Muhsin Ertugral.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anssi made his AjaxCT debut against Pololwane City after Brandon Petersen was stretchered-off.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jaakkola has kept four clean sheets in his last four games earning two &ldquo;Man of the Match&rdquo; awards.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral said, &ldquo;A goalkeeper alone is nothing, he needs a strong defence in front of him with Dominic, Tyson, Musa (a youngster who has come a long way), Lolo and Ritus playing well, they form a strong partnership.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Annsi is a strong presence in the goals, and what he has to come and get, he gets.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A goalkeeper that plays with a bit of confidence inspires the players in front of him to play a bit more.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s a good combination what we have between the defence and the goalkeeper.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3106Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:41:00 +0200Show same hunger - Ertugral<div>Muhsin Ertugral has urged his players to show the same hunger that they displayed in the last two home games against Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs respectively</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors won both games, playing an exciting brand of football that had the fans on the edge of their seats throughout the game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Acknowledging that Swallows are a tough team to play, the Ajax coach is confident that his players will once again produce the kind of performance that secured a victory against Stars and Chiefs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral said, &ldquo;Swallows for me is an exciting team, they have a lot of players who have the quality and can turn a game around with one kick.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I respect the type of teams that want to play football, Swallows have very good players and they really like to play.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When you talk about Swallows, Siyabonga Nomvethe is the first name that comes to mind.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He played for me at Kaizer Chiefs before moving to Udinese in Italy. When he came back he was still scoring. I know it&rsquo;s going to be a challenge to close him down.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We need to cut out their passing patterns and lines. They have a few chinks in their armour and we will look to exploit that.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I want our players to show the same hunger that we displayed in our last couple of games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I hope the supporters will come and watch what I think is going to be a very exciting game.&rdquo;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3105Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:51:00 +0200AjaxCT Fanshop Sale now on<div>The Ajax Cape Town Christmas Sale has kicked off at the AjaxCT Fanshop at Ikamva.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Prices have been reduced and the AjaxCT Fanshop has also introduced special packages for their loyal fans ahead of the festive season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Christmas packages are as follows;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Package 1 &ndash; incudes a size 5 AjaxCT Leather soccer ball, an AjaxCT cap and flag for only R220</div> <div>Package 2 &ndash; includes an AjaxCT mini soccer ball, an AjaxCT kids cap and flag for only R120</div> <div>Package 3 &ndash; includes an AjaxCT adult replica (Home or Away) and an AjaxCT mug for only R520</div> <div>Package 4 &ndash; includes an AjaxCT kiddie&rsquo;s replica (Home or Away) and an AjaxCT Frisbee for only R430</div> <div>Package 5 &ndash; includes an AjaxCT fridge magnet set, car flag, mini-kit and a mini-scarf for only R95.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Purchase any combination of Christmas packages over the value of R525 and receive 2 x tickets to the first Ajax Cape Town home game of 2014.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT Fanshop also has a vast range of Ajax Cape Town branded clothing items on Sale.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Sale items includes; a Ladies Golf Shirts (R150), a Men&rsquo;s Golf Shirt (R170), a Summer Hoodie (R150), Kiddies Pillow cases (R36), Kiddies boys/girls T-shirts (R85) and Junior Boys/Girls T-Shirts (R95) are amongst a range of items on sale.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT fanshop trading hours are MON - THUR. 10AM - 5PM - FRIDAY = 10AM -4PM.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3104Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:06:00 +0200Supersport v Ajax moved forward<div>The fixture between Supersport United and Ajax Cape Town scheduled for Tuesday December 03, 2013 has been moved forward to take place on Tuesday November 26, 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The PSL sent out an official notice yesterday informing a number of clubs of the rescheduling of fixtures due to the rescheduling Telkom Knockout Final from 30 November to 07 December 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As a consequence a change in PSL fixtures has affected all clubs scheduled to play fixtures from 03 to 07 December, 2013. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The full set of rescheduled ABSA Premiership fixtures are;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tuesday, 26 November</div> <div>Supersport United v Ajax Cape Town, Lucas Moripe Stadium, 19h30</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wednesday, 27 November 2013</div> <div>Maritzburg United v Orlando Pirates, Harry Gwala Stadium, 19h30</div> <div>Kaizer Chiefs v Polokwane City, FNB Stadium, 19h30</div> <div>Amazulu v Platinum Stars, Princess Magogo Stadium, 19h30</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday, 30 November, 2013</div> <div>Free State Stars v Kaizer Chiefs, Charles Mopeli Stadium, 15h30</div> <div>University of Pretoria v Amazulu, TUKS Stadium, 15h30</div> <div>Mamelodi Sundowns v Moroka Swallows, Loftus Versfeld, 18h00</div> <div>Orlando Pirates v Bloemfontein Celtic, Orlando Stadium, 20h15</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sunday 01, December 2013</div> <div>Lamontville Golden Arrows v Platinum Stars, King Zwelethini Stadium, 15h30</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3102Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:37:00 +0200Losper out of Swallows game<div>Toriq Losper has been sent back to train with Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s U-19 squad in order to &lsquo;clear his mind&rsquo; and will not feature against Moroka Swallows.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors head coach Muhsin Ertugral revealed that Losper is training with the Ajax reserve team at a press conference earlier today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;Toriq is training with the Ajax reserve team. He needs to clear his mind. Off-the-field influences are distracting the player and he needs to re-align his focus.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Losper will not take part in Ajax&rsquo;s Absa Premiership match on Friday evening against Moroka Swallows at Cape Town Stadium.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3101Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:59:00 +0200Ajax Reserves win 2 in 2<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Reserve team playing in the National 2nd Division got their league campaign off to a great start with two wins in two games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors beat ASD Cape Town 3-0 on November 01 and followed it up beating United Pirates 2-1 in Worcester at the weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In cold and windy conditions Ajax Cape Town overcame a plucky United side. Both teams struggled with the inclement weather conditions that wreaked havoc in the Western Cape at the weekend.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pirates came closest to scoring in the first half with a goal-bound shot flashing just wide of the post. However, two goals by Justin Jacobus In the second half secured all three points for Ajax.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The first goal was scored after good work on the wings; a cross from Darren Smith found Jacobus who put the ball into the back of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Five minutes later the Ajax keeper Jody February played the ball to Yagan Sasman who headed the ball onto Riyaad Norodien on the left flank. Norodien floated an inch-perfect cross to Jacobus who scored his second of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United not to be outdone on their home ground, pushed forward and scored a consolation goal late in the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town has now won both their fixtures in the opening round of the National Second Division and will look to continue their winning ways in their next fixture against Old Mutual on Saturday 23 November at Ikamva at 14h00.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3100Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:29:00 +0200Ajax on the mend<p>&nbsp;Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s injury list is on the mend with a number of players making great progress in their rehabilitation program.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are more than happy with the news that Granwald Scott is expected to return to full training on Monday. The Ajax midfielder suffered an injury in training and has been on the sidelines since September.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Meanwhile Travis Graham and Franklin Cale are making good progress with their injuries.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Travis suffered an injury during Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s defeat at Bidvest Wits in September and required surgery. Travis was expected to be ruled out for up to four months, he on target for a return to training in the next two months.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Franklin Cale has struggled with a persistent knee problem since returning from his former club, SuperSport United. He played against United in the Telkom Knockout however the injury flared-up again after the game and he underwent surgery immediately after his return to Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cale is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The good news is that Lance Davids and Matthew Rowell have both made full recoveries from their injuries, making a return to the squad in recent games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thulani Hlatshwayo suffered a head injury against TUKS and Lolo received a knock that required attention during the same game. Tyson was rested from training ahead of the Chiefs game; he recovered to be included in the line-up and played with a scrum-cap as a precaution. Lolo was forced to miss the game and is aiming for a return against Swallows.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eleazar Rogers suffered a gash to his cheekbone and Nathan Paulse a cut to his eyebrow in recent games, both needing stitches. Rogers is back in the squad while Paulse is back to full training ahead of the Swallows game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Unlike most of the season so far the number of Ajax injured is down from ten in September, a healthy situation ahead of the Swallows game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3099Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:35:00 +0200Ajax promote 7 to the Reserves<div>Ajax Cape Town is proud to announce that the club has secured the signatures of seven players who have been promoted from the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy to the National Second Division team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The seven are Quien Paulse, Keethan Claassen, Curtley Poole, Darren Smith, Dylan Fransch, Dwayne Martin and Zyaad Eksteen.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These players have represented Ajax Cape Town with acclaim having won tournaments at home and abroad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the Ajax Cape Town PRO said, &ldquo;The Urban Warriors are well known for their policy of &ldquo;No Youth No Future&rdquo; and continue to develop players who are capable of playing in the top flight.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At the start of the 2013 &ndash; 2014 PSL season; Ajax Cape Town promoted five players from their reserve team to their PSL team and they have made a huge impact on the local professional league with threeof them winning the &quot;ABSA Premiership Man of the Match Award&quot; in their rookie year.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3098Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:13:00 +0200Swallows game at Cape Town Stadium<p>Ajax Cape Town would like to confirm the game between Ajax Cape Town and Moroka Swallows will be played at Cape Town Stadium not the Athlone Stadium as indicated on some media platforms.&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3097Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:26:00 +0200adidas gears up for World Cup<div>ADIDAS GEARS UP FOR WORLD CUP WITH COLOURFUL SAMBA BOOT COLLECTION</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>New Brazilian themed footwear collection marks start of adidas&rsquo; 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil&trade; campaign</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>adidas launched the Samba Collection, Brazilian inspired football boots aimed at celebrating the vibrancy and exuberance of the World Cup host nation. For the first time ever, as part of the Samba Collection adidas has released a new boot from each of its four boot ranges, adizero&trade; f50, predator&reg;, nitrocharge&trade; and 11pro, with an array of new bright, exciting colourways. Each boot has been designed with its own distinct identity and cutting edge technology, inspiring the next generation of footballer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Samba Collection launch marks the start of the adidas &ldquo;All in or Nothing&rdquo; 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil&trade; campaign. The tournament is the world&rsquo;s largest event and the ultimate platform, where it will be Game On or Game Over for the World&rsquo;s best teams and federations. The full roster of adidas star players will be involved in the campaign from Leo Messi and Oscar to Dani Alves and Mesut Ozil.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>nitrocharge&trade;</div> <div>nitrocharge&trade;, the energy-retaining football boot designed for the next generation of footballer as worn by Dani Alves and Ezequiel Lavezzi, comes in a new visually striking lime green colourway. As a boot designed for &lsquo;The Engine&rsquo;, the player who is always running, tackling and relentlessly powering his team, the Samba nitrocharge&trade; encourages its wearer to go Full on or be Gone. With its unique and highly elastic ENERGYSLING&trade; around the forefoot supporting sidecut and precision turn movements to sharpen reactions on the pitch, and ENERGYPULSE&trade; spring technology providing high energy push-offs and long lasting energy return when sprinting, the nitrocharge&trade; combines new technologies to innovate the way &lsquo;Engines&rsquo; play the beautiful game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>adizero&trade; f50</div> <div>The adizero&trade; f50, long sought after by the fastest players such as Leo Messi, Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale, empowers its players to Fly or Die with an electric sky blue colourway. The adizero&trade; f50 is all about precision engineering with every aspect of the boot design based around making the wearer as fast as possible on the football field. With features such as SPEEDTRAXION, an all-new, high speed stud alignment for maximum acceleration and pinpoint changes of direction, and SPEEDFOIL, a revolutionary material that combines lightweight, softness and durability for a comfortable, yet locked down heel fit, the Samba adizero&trade; f50 is a boot which ensures these world class players will be faster than ever before in Brazil.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>predator&reg; Lethal Zones</div> <div>The vibrant pink colourway of the Samba predator&reg; Lethal Zones favoured by the likes of Oscar, Mesut Ozil and Fernando Torres instructs its wearer to Hunt or be Hunted. Designed with five distinctive 'Lethal Zones' of technology to deliver outstanding ball control, touch, accuracy and power, the boot is made to master every aspect of performance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>11pro</div> <div>With a luxury deep purple colourway, the Samba 11pro worn by Philipp Lahm, Hernanes and Frank Lampard retains the classic attributes that allow players to Make the Play or Make Way. With its premium, ultra-soft and ultra-light Taurus leather providing excellent fit, performance, comfort and ball-feel allied to an all new outsole with comfort frame for better pressure distribution, as well as optimised stud placement for maximum grip and acceleration, the 11pro remains the boot of choice for the complete footballer.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Antoine Hadjimanolis, Global Senior Product Manager, adidas Football said: &ldquo;For Samba Collection, we took our inspiration from Brazil. The pack is colourful, energetic and full of character &ndash; just like Brazil! From the beaches of Bahia to the Carnival of Rio, our boots will use tones and palettes that you&rsquo;ve never seen before on a football boot.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Samba Collection launches today in conjunction with a Brazilian inspired video featuring key players who will wear the boots. The 90 second-long video features a brand new track, &ldquo;BOTA&rdquo;, from prominent act Buraka Som Sistema, who partnered with promising newcomer Brazilian MC Karol Conka. See the video here: http://youtu.be/EbrC1kunFI0.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The most exciting professional players in the world will wear the new adidas Samba Collection boots onfield from the 9th November onwards, while the nitrocharge&trade;, adizero&trade; f50 and the predator&reg; Lethal Zones boots will be available to purchase in South Africa from 14th November at all adidas Concept stores nationwide, at the recommended retail price ranging from R699.00 to R1 999.00. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For up-to-date news from adidas South Africa visit the adidas South Africa news stream, adidas.co.za/football, follow adidasZA on Instagram and @adidasZA on Twitter to join the conversation.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3094Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:33:00 +0200Tasreeq Morris talks to ajaxct.com<div>Tasreeq Morris&rsquo; name was on everyone&rsquo;s lips last week after he capped a fine performance with a goal against Kaizer Chiefs last Tuesday.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>From national TV to local radio stations and newspapers, everyone was talking about the Ajax Cape Town youngster who at 19 years old could not have asked for a better introduction to South African professional football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tasreeq is unassuming despite all the attention and attributes his success to his family.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Morris spoke to ajaxct.com, he said, &ldquo;When Mobara got the ball wide on our left flank the Chiefs defenders hesitated and as I ran between them, &nbsp;one tried to pull me back but I hit his arm away and when &ldquo;Barra&rdquo; crossed the ball I made sure to get my head to the ball and find the target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When the ball hit the back of the net everything went blank&hellip;I don&rsquo;t really know how it went in, but I was really happy for the team and the fans.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Chiefs fans were making so much noise just before I scored however after I scored they fell silent and you could see their disappointment.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To score in such a big game it was an achievement for me, and all I could hear was the noise from block 116 (the ajaxct fans) as they celebrated.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last year I was part of the reserve team and I watched the game from the stands; Ajax won 3-1 that day, this year we won 1-0 and I was the goal-scorer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I came through the Youth Academy at Ikamva and my ambition was always to play for Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s professional team. This is the top league in South Africa and it is every local youngster&rsquo;s dream to play in the ABSA Premiership and eventually Europe.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Playing for Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium was a big deal for me. To score a winning goal in such an important game for the club where I grew up was really special for me.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At first, I was anxious at having to wait to make my home debut for the PSL team especially when you see the other players promoted at the same time as me, getting game time. However my family and friends always advised me to be patient, work hard and I will get my chance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Then the coach told me to strip. I was really nervous and the crowd was intimidating but I told myself that I must do my best, follow the coach&rsquo;s instructions and all will be OK.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When I got onto the field the pace of the game was very fast, when you get the ball you think that you have enough time on the ball but all of a sudden there were three or four Chiefs players around you.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the game all my teammates came to congratulate me. We also spoke about the game all the way home after the match.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When I got home, I knocked on the door and no-one answered. I knocked again, when the door opened I saw that all of my family was at our house and they showered me with hugs and congratulatory messages.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was an emotional moment for my parents and grandmother. They were really proud.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It will be a moment I will always treasure; they are always there to support me in everything I do. &nbsp;My parents and grandparents sacrificed a lot for me and it was a joyful moment for me to make them proud.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The next day the TV was on very early and of course the goal was on the highlights reel, we watched it over and over.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>From here I plan to keep working hard, I don&rsquo;t want to put too much pressure on myself.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I will keep praying, asking the Almighty to give me the strength to succeed in this league.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3093Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:21:00 +0200Anssi collects another award<div> <div>Anssi Jaakkola collected his second ABSA Premiership Man of the Match award in three games, when he put in an outstanding performance against MP Black Aces at the Mombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Outstanding goal-keeping by the Ajax goal minder kept his side in the game, making a number of great saves to keep another clean-sheet.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anssi kept clean sheets in the last four Ajax Cape Town games, playing an important role in Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s climb out of the relegation to tenth position in the PSL standings.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anssi said, &quot;The whole team deserves the Man of the Match award, we did well here today.&quot;&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3092Sat, 09 Nov 2013 18:25:00 +0200Aces & Ajax share points<div> <div>Ajax Cape Town and Mpumalanga Black Aces played to a goalless draw at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aces did most of the attacking in the first half with Mabhuti Khenyeza the target of most of the long balls forward. On the odd occasion Okonkwo and Qalinge did get a look in as Aces went in search of the game&rsquo;s opening goal but the Ajax defence held firm to deny them a shot on goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was dominated by a midfield battle with Mobara and Ngobeni facing off on more than one occasion.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the first 10 minutes Ngobeni played Khenyeza into space inside the Ajax penalty area but Dominic Isaacs read the pass well and cleared the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax created a few chances on the break, a freekick conceded for a foul on Ernesto found Rogers however Mabaso and Mwanjali combined to rob the Ajax striker of the ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other end of the field, Khenyeza ran onto a pass that released him clear of the Ajax defence but Anssi got down low to make the save.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Manyama broke clear and played the ball to Rogers forcing the Aces defender to concede a corner.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aces countered but Anssi was well positioned to make the save, followed by Mabaso&rsquo;s cross-cum shot that flew high and wide, then Ngobeni&rsquo;s shot at goal flew wide of the near post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The home side won a freekick after Losper handled the ball, the free-kick was floated into the Ajax box towards Ngalo, but Lebusa ensured that the ball rolled out for a goal-kick.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax was forced to make the first substitution of the game, Ernesto was stretchered off after receiving a blow to his face while challenging for an aerial ball.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Morris replaced Ernsto and immediately set about troubling the Aces defenders winning a freekick. Dolly took a quick spot-kick but the match official called him back and booked him for failing to wait for the whistle.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the opening minutes of the second-half Alexander replaced Manyama.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aces ploy of playing the ball to Khenyeza at every opportunity was well-read by the Ajax defenders who crowded around him to win the ball.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aces continued to push forward, Ngobeni forced Anssi into making the save of the day. The Ajax keeper dived full-length to push the ball over the bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Paulse replaced Dolly as Ajax changed their formation with the two tall player&rsquo;s furthest forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later, Alexander won the ball in his own half and raced at the Aces defence, his pass found Paulse who played a cross into the Aces penalty area just over Rogers head.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Aces continued to press forward; laying siege to the Ajax goal as the ball pin-ponged around the Ajax box before it was cleared.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Aces left back Omar Hendricks received the ball 30 metres out and fired a thunderbolt at the Ajax goal. Once again Jaakkola made the save, pushing the deflection wide of the far upright. Minutes later Khenyeza found space to fire his shot at goal, Anssi made another save however it did not matter as the match official blew-up the Aces striker for an offside infringement.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Late in the game Morris collected the ball from Paulse&rsquo;s flick-on but fired his shot just over the bar.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After three minutes of extra time the referees whistle signalled the end of the game resulting in a goalless draw.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors stay in tenth position on ten points, level with Aces in ninth position.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anssi Jaakkola collected the ABSA Man of the Match award for his heroics in the Ajax goal, to keep Ajax Cape Town in the game. This is the fourth clean sheet in row for the Ajax keeper.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town plays Moroka Swallows at the Cape Town Stadium in their next game on Friday, 22 November at 20h00.</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3091Sat, 09 Nov 2013 17:58:00 +0200Aces v Ajax Preview<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18px;">Ajax Cape Town will look to collect points against Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they seek to maintain their current run of positive results.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18px;">The Urban Warriors collected seven points in the last three games, the most recent a stunning win over the defending ABSA Premiership Champions - Kaizer Chiefs.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18px;">In the head-to-head stats, Aces and Ajax have played four league games with Ajax Cape Town ahead with three wins and a draw.</span><span style="line-height: 18px;"><br /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18px;">Adding spice to this fixture is the presence of five players in the Aces squad who have all donned the red and White of Ajax Cape Town. Calvin Marlin, Clifford Ngobeni, Eduardo Ferreira, Mabhuti Khenyeza and Abia Nale will face-off against some of their old team-mates however there is a new-look about the current Urban Warriors squad.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18px;">The introduction of a number of Ajax Youth Academy players over the years has given the AjaxCT squad a fresh injection of pace and enthusiasm that characterised their recent improvement in form.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18px;">Local football fundi&rsquo;s are clamouring to see more of Abbubaker Mobara, Bantu Mzwakali, Tasreeq Morris, Cole Alexander and Ernesto to name a few.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18px;">Months ago the Ajax coach Muhsin Ertugral warned local football about the rise of the youngsters in the squad, its early days but already these young players have proven themselves worthy of their place in the Ajax Cape Town line up.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18px;">The coach has also signalled his intention to nurture his players as the season progresses, making for an interesting brainteaser as to what team will be let loose on Black Aces.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18px;">Thulani Hlatshwayo was excluded from the travelling squad after the death of his father making way for Ritus to possibly join Isaacs in the centre of the Ajax defence.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18px;">Come what may Ajax Cape Town will be keen to continue their climb up the PSL standings and any points away from home would be welcome to the Ajax faithful.</span></p> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3090Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:03:00 +0200Condolences to the Hlatshwayo family <div>Ajax Cape Town would like to extend their sincerest condolences to Thulani Hlatshwayo and his family at the passing of his father.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thulani left Ikamva after receiving the sad news, to be with his family at this time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>May the love of family and friends help you and your family through this difficult time.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3089Fri, 08 Nov 2013 14:13:00 +02002013 AjaxCT Youth Awards<div>Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy finished their year off in fine style with a Youth Awards presentation at the Cape Town Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Youth Awards presentation took place on November 05, the same evening of the Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs fixture.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Players and their families converged on the World Cup venue in anticipation of enjoying a grand evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The guests were welcomed by Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Executive Director; Ari Efstathiou, and a presentation of the Youth Academy&rsquo;s achievements by AjaxCT Head of Youth Corn&eacute; Groenendijk before the much anticipated trophy and awards presentation took place.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy enjoyed a successful season under the auspices of the CTTFA, raking in a number of titles during the year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The individual award criteria was - A very good player in his position/role, Willingness to assist, &nbsp;Strong Leadership Qualities, Performing well on and off the field, Discipline and Communication.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The individual award winners are as follows;</strong></div> <div>U12 - Player of the Year - Jayden Adams&nbsp;</div> <div>U13 - Player of the Year - Lina Mchitazeli&nbsp;</div> <div>U14 - Player of the Year - Sonwabile Mfecane</div> <div>U15 - Player of the Year - Grant Margeman</div> <div>U17 - Player of the Year &ndash; Quien Paulse&nbsp;</div> <div>2013 - Urban Warrior - Haashim Domingo</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CTTFA &ndash; Junior Player of the Year &ndash; Jody February</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Youth Teams titles are as follows;</strong></div> <div>U12 &ndash; CTTFA League Champions,&nbsp;</div> <div>U13 - CTTFA League Champions, CTTFA Knock-Out Champions</div> <div>U15 - CTTFA League Champions,&nbsp;</div> <div>U17 &ndash; 2013 Engen Knock-Out Challenge Champions, Coke Cup Champions, U19 CTTFA Colts League, CTTFA League Champions</div> <div>U19 &ndash; Copa Amsterdam Champions, Metropolitan Premier Cup Champions,&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CTTFA &ndash; Club of the Year &ndash; Ajax Cape Town</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Congratulations to all the winners.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3096Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:04:00 +0200December Holiday Clinics dates confirmed<p style="font-family: verdana; font-size: x-small; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The dates of the Ajax Cape Town December Holiday Clinics have been confirmed.</p> <p style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline-width: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline;">The number of boys and girls attending the Ajax Cape Town Holiday Clinics has increased tremendously over the years with a number of kids returning for each holiday clinic.</p> <p style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline-width: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline;">The Holiday Clinics at Ikamva affords the participants an exclusive Ajax Experience. They enjoy all the benefits only afforded to Ajax Cape Town players, giving them a sneak view of what the life of a professional football player is all about.</p> <p style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline-width: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline;">The kids at the holiday clinic are divided into teams and each team is allocated their own dressing room and training equipment. They are then put through a training session by the Ajax Community coaches who are adept at working with young players.</p> <p style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline-width: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline;">The Holiday Coach clinic is held over two days and the players also enjoy their meals and refreshments in the same environment as the Ajax Cape Town PSL team, they even get to meet the professional players who train on an adjacent field.</p> <p style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline-width: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline;">Each child will receive an Ajax goodie pack at the end of the coaching clinic and a lucky draw will take place with prizes for the kids and some lucky parents.</p> <p style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline-width: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline;">The dates for the Ajax Cape Town 2013 Holiday Clinics are as follows;<br /> <strong>Age Group:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline-width: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong>6 -10 years old:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 09th &amp; 10th Dec, 2013<br /> </strong><strong>10 &ndash; 15 years old:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11th &amp; 12th Dec, 2013</strong></p> <p style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline-width: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline;">Cost per child: R 300.00<br /> Time: from 09h00 to 15h00</p> <p style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline-width: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline;">All participants are required to register before entering the dressing room and participants are asked to bring their own; Boots, Shin guards and Towels.</p> <p style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline-width: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline;">To book now go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ajaxct.com/youth_academy.htm?category=book&amp;clinic_id=2213" style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); text-decoration: none; line-height: normal; font-size: 12px;">http://www.ajaxct.com/youth_academy.htm?category=book&amp;clinic_id=2213</a></p> <p style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; border-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 15px; outline-width: 0px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline;">For more information, contact Nuraan Isaacs at 021 930 6001 or at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:gabriellad@ajaxct.co.za" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(227, 4, 23); text-decoration: none; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; background-color: transparent; margin: 0px; outline-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">nuraani@ajaxct.co.za</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3088Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:41:00 +0200Amsterdam Directors visit Ikamva<div>A strong delegation from Ajax Amsterdam visited Ajax Cape Town in the past week, headed by their newly appointed CEO, Mr Michael Kinsbergen. &nbsp;Mr Kinsbergen and his colleagues, including Mr Jeroen Slop &ndash; Financial Director AFC Ajax, Mr Marc Overmars - Director of Football &ndash; AFC Ajax, Mr Wim Jonk &ndash;Head Of Youth &ndash; AFC Ajax and Mr Ruben Jongkind &ndash; Head of Talent Development were welcomed Ajax Cape Town FC Directors, Mr Ari Efstathiou, Nick Efstathiou, Alexi Efstathiou and Corn&eacute; Groenendijk.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;The visit was immensely beneficial for Ajax Cape Town and several important matters were discussed. Most importantly, information on how to improve our Youth Development program, and to align it with the Johan Cruijff plan, recently implemented at Ajax Amsterdam&quot; said Ari Efstathiou Executive Director of Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We agreed that the aim of Ajax Cape Town must be to position itself as the number one Youth Development Academy in Africa.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town is planning to send their youth teams to compete in European Tournaments again this season after winning the Copa Amsterdam in 2013.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The win against Kaizer Chiefs at the Cape Town Stadium and the atmosphere that was created by the players and the local fans gave the Dutch contingent a feeling of what South African football is all about.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The euphoria of the victory ensured that our visitors departed from the Mother City with confidence and excitement having witnessed a youthful Ajax Cape Town team beating last year&rsquo;s PSL Champions.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3087Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:42:00 +0200Youngsters impress Etrugral<div>&ldquo;My youngsters were outstanding today,&rdquo; that was the Ajax Cape Town coach&rsquo;s words to the press during the post-match presser at the Cape Town Stadium after Ajax Cape Town 1-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral fielded as many as seven youngsters on the night with five in the starting line-up.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mobara intercepted played Khune&rsquo;s clearance, played the ball to Dolly and made the over-lapping run. Dolly played the ball back to Mobara in an advanced position wide on the left and his cross onto the penalty spot was met by Morris who scored with a header from close range.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral said, &ldquo;Mobarra was outstanding today. At just nineteen years old he certainly played very well then there is Musa Lebusa at back, we don&rsquo;t talk enough about this player.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tasreeq, Bantu, Dolly are all good players; we just need to nurture them at this early stage of his career. In Morris, I can definitely say that we have a striker of a different class. He is one to watch.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cole; I am happy for him that he put belief back into his game. He worked hard and he is now one of our better players and Toriq Losper is one of the greatest talents we have on the field. We can also add Bantu to this list.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The youngsters were unbelievable today and I am sure that one day we will see them play for Bafana.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Some people have yet to comprehend that for some of them this is their first season in the top flight of South African football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There are certain games we can play these youngsters, especially against teams that like to play football and then there are other games when we need to keep then out of the game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We need to protect and nurture our players.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mobara won the ABSA Man of the Match Award.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3086Wed, 06 Nov 2013 02:24:00 +0200One game at a time - Alexander<div>Ajax Cape Town midfielder Cole Alexander says he still has no right to boast about his commanding performances in the middle of the park, but that he must continue to work hard.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 24-year-old was in the centre of praise by head coach Muhsin Ertugral following back to back performances against Free State Stars, University of Pretoria and Kaizer Chiefs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Alexander admits he is grateful that he has been granted an opportunity to play but is wary that he is still a long way away from making it his season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am very happy that I am playing now. I am very grateful that I got the opportunity to play,&rdquo; he tells MTNFootball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I think I must give myself a bit of credit. I gave my best in both games but I must still take one game at a time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t say this is my season yet because it is only three games now- I can&rsquo;t talk a lot. I am taking it one game at a time.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Alexander had been shoved from pillar to post last season where he was loaned out to Chippa United in August 2012.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He initially featured regularly but a change of tacticians saw him sent back to his former club Vasco da Gama during the January transfer window.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>However, FIFA regulations, where a player may not be registered by more than two clubs in a season, forced a return back to Philippi.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I have been working hard since I came back to Ajax. I knew when my chance came I would take it,&rdquo; added the quiet-spoken player.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I was always praying about it. I believe that was my chance to play and that I was ready.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3085Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:34:00 +0200Late goal sinks Chiefs<div>A late goal three minutes from time was enough to seal the victory in favour of Ajax Cape Town against Kaizer Chiefs at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tasreeq Morris stunned the Chiefs supporters when rose above the Amakhosi defence to head home a Mobara cross from the left, sending the red section of the crowd into a rapturous celebration.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town coach must have surprised many when he included a number of youngsters in his starting line-up. Mobara, Lebusa, Ernesto, Alexander and Losper all got the nod of confidence from their coach and they did not disappoint.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The home team made their intentions clear from the start of the game, keeping a tight rein on the Chiefs offensive while using the quick counter-attack to good effect.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Reneilwe Letsholonyane struck Jaakkola&rsquo;s clearance on the half-volley in the 26th minute, only to see Dominic Isaacs clear the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors created a few opportunities in the first half, Hlatshwayo tested Khune with a header from inside the penalty area, then in the 31st minute Eleazar Rogers latched onto a Hlatshwayo cross only to see his flick-on hit the inside of the far upright and bounce back out.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Mobara&rsquo;s header flew just over the bar also from inside the Chiefs penalty area.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anssi Jaakkola was called into action soon after, coming off his line to steal the ball of Shabalala&rsquo;s feet to avert the danger.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Muhsin Ertugral made his first substitution when Keagan Dolly replaced Cole Alexander at the start of the first half. Toriq Losper and Hlatshwayo linked up well for the Urban Warriors causing problems for the Chiefs defence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Keagan Dolly had the Ajax on the edge of their seats latched onto a wayward clearance from the Chiefs defence but he fired wide from just outside the box.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chiefs&rsquo; threatened in the 72nd minute when Tefu Mashamaite&rsquo;s header brushed the roof of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors made two substitutions in the last quarter of the game Bantu Mzwakali and Tasreeq Morris replaced Ernesto and Lebo Manyama respectively.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Within minutes Morris wrote his name on the score-sheet when he stole in from the far post to steal all three points for Ajax Cape Town with a well placed header.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3083Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:23:00 +0200City's Transport Plan online<p>&nbsp;<span style="background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189); font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px;">The Ajax Cape Town vs Kaizer Chiefs match will be held on Tuesday 5 November 2013 at the Cape Town Stadium. Gates will open at 16:30 with match kick-off scheduled for 19:30. The match is expected to end by 21:30.</span></p> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"><br /> The City estimates that 27 000 die-hard soccer fans will make their way to the stadium for the soccer match, and fans are advised to:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Arrive early</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Avoid peak hour traffic</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Park on the periphery of the CBD and use the fan walk to access Cape Town Stadium if driving into the CBD. The fan walk will be active and match attendees are encouraged to use it as traffic congestion could be substantial in the CBD.</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"><strong>Public Transport</strong><br /> No parking at or near the stadium will be available to the general public.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Event ticket holders are encouraged to:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Use public transport to the Civic Centre bus station and catch the free event shuttle to the stadium</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Park in the city bowl and use the free event shuttle to the stadium</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Park at the V&amp;A Waterfront and walk to the stadium</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);">No additional bus and train services have been scheduled before the event and normal tariffs will apply. Limited special MyCiTi services will be available after the event.<br /> <br /> <strong>Metrorail Service</strong><br /> Metrorail services to and from Cape Town will run as normal before the event and passengers will be required to pay the applicable fee. Train schedules and related information are available from:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">The 24/7 Transport Information Centre&rsquo;s toll-free number 0800 65 64 63</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;"><a href="http://www.capemetrorail.co.za/" style="color: rgb(128, 0, 128); text-decoration: none;">www.capemetrorail.co.za</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);">No special train services will be available after the event.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>MyCiTi bus service</strong><br /> The standard hours of operation and fares will apply for the Civic Centre to Table View, Waterfront and Gardens routes.<br /> <br /> Passengers will be required to use the myconnect card (loaded with sufficient value) to travel to the Civic Centre bus station. Cards can be purchased at any open revenue kiosk or selected MyCiTi stations. The 24/7 Transport Information Centre can be contacted on 0800 65 64 63 for information on other vendors selling the myconnect card.<br /> <br /> <strong>Event shuttles</strong><br /> Stadium Shuttle:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">The first bus will depart from the Civic Centre station at 17:30&nbsp;</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">The last bus departs from the Stadium at 22:00</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);">This service is free of charge on presentation of a valid event ticket. There will be no special bus service available.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Table View, Gardens, Salt River, Sea Point<br /> All transport to and from the event will be on the normal scheduled service and must be paid for with a myconnect card.<br /> <br /> Coaches, buses and minibus-taxis</p> <ul style="list-style-type: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Private couches, buses and minibus-taxis may use the demarcated parking on Helen Suzman Boulevard East-bound, between Beach and Vlei Roads, on a first-come, first-served basis</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Additional parking will be available on Main Road West-bound from Varneys Road to Glengarriff Road</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Also see Drop-and-Go information under the parking section below<br /> <br /> Park-and-ride facilities<br /> No special Park-and-Ride sites have been activated.<br /> <br /> <strong>Road closures</strong><br /> <table class="MsoNormalTable" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="523" style="border-collapse: collapse; margin: auto auto auto 0.15pt; width: 392.25pt;"> <thead> <tr style="page-break-inside: avoid; height: 17pt;"> <td width="131" style="border: 1pt solid windowtext; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 17pt;"><a name="_GoBack"></a><b><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">AFFECTED ROADS</span></b></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: windowtext windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 17pt; border-top-width: 1pt; border-top-style: solid; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><b><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">BETWEEN</span></b></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: windowtext windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 17pt; border-top-width: 1pt; border-top-style: solid; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><b><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">RESTRICTION</span></b></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: windowtext windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 17pt; border-top-width: 1pt; border-top-style: solid; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><b><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">TIMES</span></b></td> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr style="height: 17pt;"> <td width="523" colspan="4" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 392.25pt; background-color: white; height: 17pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><b><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">City Centre</span></b></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Hertzog Boulevard</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Christiaan Barnard Avenue and Heerengracht</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">West-bound only</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">17:00 &ndash; 21:00</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Waterkant</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Lower Burg Street and Buitengragt</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure in both directions</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">18:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 17pt;"> <td width="523" colspan="4" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 392.25pt; background-color: white; height: 17pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><b><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Green Point</span></b></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Fritz Sonnenberg Road</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Stefan Way to McDonalds entrance</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure in both directions</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">06:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">From Metropolitan Golf Course entrance</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure in both directions</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">15:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">McDonalds entrance to Granger Bay Boulevard</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure in both directions</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">16:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Portswood Road and Granger Bay Boulevard</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure in both directions</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">06:00 &ndash;&nbsp; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 10.15pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Granger Bay Boulevard</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Beach Road to Helen Suzman Boulevard (South-West bound)</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure; Beach Road to Helen Suzman Boulevard</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">17:30 &ndash; 22:00</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 10.15pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Helen Suzman Boulevard to Beach Road (North-East bound)</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure; Helen Suzman Boulevard to Beach Road</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">16:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Fort Wynyard Road</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Portswood Road and Granger Bay Boulevard</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure in both directions</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">06:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 10.15pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Vlei Road</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Green Point Cricket Club entrance and Fritz Sonnenberg Road</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure in both directions</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 10.15pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">06:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Helen Suzman Boulevard and Fritz Sonnenberg Road</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure in both directions</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">16:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Stephan Way</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Hamiltons Rugby Club and Fritz Sonnenberg Road</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure in both directions</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">16:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Beach Road</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Portswood Road and Haul Road</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure in both directions</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">21:00 &ndash; 22:00</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Portswood Road</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Helen Suzman Boulevard and Beach Road</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">North-East bound only</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">21:00 &ndash; 22:00</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Somerset Road</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Ebenezer Road and Chiappini Street</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">South-East bound (city-bound) only</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">18:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Buitengragt and Chiappini Street</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Full closure in both directions</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">18:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Main Road</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Ebenezer Road and York Road</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Bi-directional traffic</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">18:00 - 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">York Road and Ebenezer Road</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">South-East bound only</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">18:00 - 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Ebenezer Road</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Prestwich Street and Somerset Road</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Local access only &ndash; no through traffic</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">18:00 &ndash; 22:30</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Helen Suzman Boulevard</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Buitengragt and York Road (West-bound)</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Right lane closed for Bus lane</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">17:00 &ndash; 22:00</span></td> </tr> <tr style="height: 4.9pt;"> <td width="131" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext; border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-width: 1pt; border-left-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 98.45pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">&nbsp;</span></td> <td width="140" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 104.8pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">York Road and Buitengragt (East-bound)</span></td> <td width="156" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 117pt; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">Right lane closed for Bus lane</span></td> <td width="96" style="border-color: rgb(240, 240, 240) windowtext windowtext rgb(240, 240, 240); border-bottom-width: 1pt; border-bottom-style: solid; padding: 0in 5.4pt; width: 1in; background-color: white; height: 4.9pt; border-right-width: 1pt; border-right-style: solid; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; color: windowtext; font-size: 8pt;">17:00 &ndash; 22:00</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> No stopping or parking will be permitted in these areas during the times stated above.<br /> <br /> Minibus-taxi parking will be available on Main Road West-bound, between Varneys Road and Glengarriff Road.<br /> Bus and minibus-taxi parking will be available on Helen Suzman Boulevard East-bound between Beach Road and Vlei Road.<br /> <br /> Impact of road closures on public transport<br /> Public transport services operating in the Green Point and CBD areas may be subject to localised deviations from 16:00 on 5 November 2013. The affected scheduled services are listed below:<br /> <br /> Golden Arrow Bus Services travelling through the Green Point Area<br /> All services along Somerset/Main Road, Green Point &ndash; between Buitengragt and York Road &ndash; will run along Helen Suzman Boulevard after 18:00. Passengers using this service may board or disembark at the stops on either side of the closures at Buitengragt or York Road.<br /> <br /> Golden Arrow Bus Services entering the CBD<br /> The Waterfront service (CBD-bound) will operate via the Cape Town International Convention Centre, turning right into Heerengracht, stopping opposite Standard Bank, proceeding around the circle, back down Heerengracht and on to the Waterfront. The Waterfront/Sea Point service will continue to operate on its normal routes but may be subject to delays.<br /> <br /> <strong>MyCiTi Waterfront service</strong></li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">The normal service will not be free of charge</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">The service will stop at the Stadium bus station en route to the Waterfront and then will be rerouted from Helen Suzman Boulevard into Portswood Road, turning left into Beach Road and right at the traffic circle into Granger Bay Boulevard</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Granger Bay bus station will be closed for this period while all other stops and services on the Gardens-Civic-Waterfront route will remain operational</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Passengers may use the Waterfront station (in Breakwater Lane), Stadium bus station and/or Buitengragt stops as alternatives to the Granger Bay bus station<br /> On the return journey from the Waterfront, the bus will turn left into Beach Road, right into Portswood Road, and left at Helen Suzman Boulevard to continue its normal route to the CBD.</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"><strong>Parking</strong><br /> Parking restrictions will be enforced in the residential areas adjacent to Cape Town Stadium from 00:01 to 23:00 on 5 November 2013, including on Main Road.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Motorists are advised to obey the signage. Normal restrictions and charges apply to kerbside parking in the CBD for a weekday.<br /> <br /> <strong>People with disabilities:</strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Dedicated parking has been allocated on DF Malan Drive for those attendees with disabilities who wish to use the Stadium shuttle. Only people with an official disability permit from the City will be allowed to park in this dedicated parking area.&nbsp;</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Ticket holders must request access to the parking bays dedicated to people with disabilities by contacting Busiswa Gwentshu, Email: Busiswa.Gwentshu@capetown.gov.za , Tel: 021 417 0101</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Ticket holders will have to provide evidence that they are entitled to these parking bays by clearly displaying the Vehicle Access Permit (VAP) in full colour on their dashboard when entering the parking area (P5) on Vlei Road. Failure to display will result in access being denied.&nbsp;</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Parking for people with disabilities is issued at the discretion of the event organiser and is subject to availability.</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"><strong>Drop-and-Go:</strong><br /> Attendees may be dropped off and collected at the following signposted locations</p> <ul style="list-style-type: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Foreshore: in DF Malan Drive opposite the Artscape Theatre (Shuttle to Stadium)</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Green Point: in the embayment off Helen Suzman Boulevard (City-bound carriageway), between Vlei Road and the elevated traffic circle at Granger Bay Boulevard<br /> <br /> <strong>On-Street in the CBD:</strong>&nbsp;</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">On-street parking is available within the CBD but no additional security will be provided</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Parking tariffs will apply until 17:00 when on-street parking becomes free of charge</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"><strong>V&amp;A Waterfront</strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">The V&amp;A Waterfront has approximately 3 500 parking bays available to the general public</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">There is a charge associated with this parking, and traffic flows into and out of the V&amp;A Waterfront may be congested<br /> <br /> Pedestrian routes<br /> Pedestrian routes between the stadium and:<br /> <br /> City Centre (via fan walk)</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Part of the road will be open to normal vehicular traffic</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Pedestrians are urged to use the sidewalk and dedicated lane to the underpass at Green Point Circle</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);">V&amp;A Waterfront</p> <ul style="list-style-type: none; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">This route is via Granger Bay Boulevard</li> <li style="background-image: url(http://www.capetown.gov.za/SiteCollectionImages/MasterPage/arrow_s.gif); padding-left: 10px; list-style-type: none; background-position: 0px 5px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">Pedestrians are urged to avoid Portswood Road as the pedestrian walkways along that route are restricted</li> </ul> <p style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(189, 189, 189);"><strong>Cycling</strong><br /> Attendees wishing to cycle to the stadium are encouraged to do so.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Bicycle racks are located on the eastern (Waterfront) side of the elevated circle at the stadium, near the Green Point Track entrance.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Cyclists must provide their own lock and chain as bicycles are left at own risk. Please remember the &ldquo;ridesafe&rdquo; motto and wear a helmet, have adequate lighting and wear reflective clothing. NB: for this event, lightweight pedal cycling helmets will be allowed inside the stadium.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Due to the number of people using the fan walk, it is advised that cyclists coming from the CBD use the route through the V&amp;A Waterfront or the back roads in De Waterkant to access the stadium.<br /> <br /> <strong>Ticket collection</strong><br /> Attendees are encouraged to collect their tickets from Computicket outlets before the day of the event.<br /> <br /> <strong>Enquiries</strong><br /> A copy of this transport plan will be posted online at www.capetown.gov.za<br /> <br /> All enquiries regarding transport options for this soccer match may be directed to the Transport Information Centre &ndash; 0800 65 64 63 or by e-mail&nbsp;<a href="mailto:transport.info@capetown.gov.za" style="color: rgb(128, 0, 128); text-decoration: none;">transport.info@capetown.gov.za</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> END<br /> <br /> ISSUED BY:&nbsp;<br /> INTEGRATED STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION AND BRANDING DEPARTMENT, CITY OF CAPE TOWN<br /> <br /> MEDIA ENQUIRIES:&nbsp;<br /> COUNCILLOR BRETT HERRON<br /> MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER: TRANSPORT FOR CAPE TOWN<br /> CITY OF CAPE TOWN<br /> TEL: 021 400 1298&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; CELL: 082 518 3264, EMAIL: BRETT.HERRON@CAPETOWN.GOV.ZA<br /> &nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3082Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:45:00 +0200You cant write Chiefs off - Isaacs<div>Dominic Isaacs has warned his Ajax Cape Town side not to be fooled by Kaizer Chiefs&rsquo; sluggish start to the Absa Premiership season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The defending champions have struggled to replicate the impressive form they displayed en-route to their title winning campaign last season, sitting in sixth place with three wins from seven matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Looking towards Tuesday&rsquo;s game against the Amakhosi, the hard-as-nails defender believes Chiefs are still a side packed with quality.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They are a good side. You can&rsquo;t write them off,&rdquo; says the former Chiefs stopper. &ldquo;Chiefs is Chiefs and they might come here with a change in mentality.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They have been struggling but I they had a slow start to the season. A good side doesn&rsquo;t become bad over night.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&ldquo;The quality they have&hellip; we mustn&rsquo;t fool ourselves by thinking they have had a slow start. They will always be a good team.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Text MTN Football</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3081Tue, 05 Nov 2013 00:29:00 +0200Expect fireworks - Ertugral<div>Ajax Cape Town plays Kaizer Chiefs on November 05, a date normally associated with &ldquo;Guy Fawkes&rdquo; and fireworks. The Ajax coach, Muhsin Ertugral is sure that the fans can expect fireworks when his team takes the field on match-day.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;We will be ready.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chiefs play good organised football and this allows Ajax Cape Town to play their brand of flowing football, making it a spectacle for the local fans.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There is no right or wrong time to play Chiefs. We know how they like to play their football and we going be ready for them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I know that sometimes you also need some luck but if I look at the training sessions then I can see everything coming together nicely ahead of this game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The players are fired-up for this game; I found that a number of players are so eager to play this game that they want to return to training ahead of their schedules.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s the game of the year and everyone wants to play.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3080Tue, 05 Nov 2013 00:12:00 +0200I will be ready - Tyson<div>As the Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral made his way to the pre-match press conference ahead of the Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs game he met Thulani &ldquo;Tyson&rdquo; Hlatshwayo in the Ajax Lounge at Ikamva. The defender had a message for his coach he said, &ldquo;Coach, I&rsquo;ll be ready&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tyson is recovering from a head injury picked up in the opening minutes of the TUKS v AjaxCT game. The head injury was cause for concern for the AjaxCT medical staff and they promptly told the defender to take a rest.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Muhsin Ertugral said, &ldquo;Thulani puts his body on the line every time we play.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the game against TUKS he was involved mid-air collision that resulted in the players being stretchered off. He received seven stitches to the head-wound; if that was me I would have been in hospital for a week.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We gave him a five-day rest and he returned to training on Friday.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I met him in the Ajax Lounge during the lunch break, he said Coach I will be ready for the Chiefs game.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last season Tyson was involved in another mid-air collision at the Cape Town Stadium resulting in the player suffering a concussion and losing a few teeth.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3078Sat, 02 Nov 2013 18:31:00 +0200No suspensions at Ikamva<div>Ajax Cape Town will have no players suspended when they welcome Kaizer Chiefs to Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dominic Isaacs and Lebogang Manyama had to approach the Urban Warriors&rsquo; match against the University of Pretoria with caution as they were both one sanction away from being suspended for the big clash against Chiefs&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was a well-disciplined affair on Saturday evening in which Lance Davids and the Mozambican import in Telinho were the only players from the Cape club to be shown yellow.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This means skipper Dominic Isaacs will be able lead Ajax out of the tunnel against his former team, along with Manyama who scored a brace in last season&rsquo;s encounter to win the game 3-1.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The match will kick-off at 19h30 (CAT) and will be the only Absa Premiership fixture of the evening</div> <div>MTN Football</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3077Sat, 02 Nov 2013 18:06:00 +0200Win with adidas and AjaxCT<div>Win a VIP experience for 2 to watch ajax cape town</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Go all in for Ajax Cape Town: We&rsquo;re giving their biggest fan the chance to WIN a VIP experience, including 2 tickets to see them in action on 5 November 2013!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you win, you&rsquo;ll be getting so much more than just tickets. You and a friend will be treated to an entire VIP experience, including:&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A friendly kick-about at the stadium before the match</div> <div>Touring the team&rsquo;s locker room</div> <div>Meeting the team and taking pictures with them</div> <div>Walking out to the pitch before start of the game&nbsp;</div> <div>An awesome hamper with Ajax Cape Town and football gear&nbsp;</div> <div>And to top it off, an Ajax player not playing on the day will accompany you and your friend to the Presidential Suite from where you will watch the game.</div> <div>What&rsquo;s more, we&rsquo;re also giving away Ajax Cape Town jerseys as daily spot prizes leading up to the game, so go all in with adidas and Ajax Cape Town if you want to be a winner.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To win go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.3stripes.co.za/blog/win-a-vip-experience-for-2-to-watch-ajax-cape-town/">http://www.3stripes.co.za/blog/win-a-vip-experience-for-2-to-watch-ajax-cape-town/</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;simply tell us in the comments below why you are the biggest Ajax Cape Town fan &ndash; and we might be sending 2 tickets your way!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Terms and conditions apply.</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3076Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:50:00 +0200RIP Dr Leepile Taunyane<div>Ajax Cape Town would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of Dr Leepile Taunyane. The PSL has confirmed the passing of its Life President Dr Leepile Taunyane yesterday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dr Taunyane was honoured with the PSL&rsquo;s Life Presidency for his enormous contribution and service he afforded South African Football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Executive Director Ari Efstathiou said, &ldquo;South African football has lost a great leader and mentor. He will be remembered for the sterling work he did for the game and the reunification of football.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The PSL said in a statement on Wednesday, &ldquo;It is with sadness and regret that we inform you of the passing of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Life President, Dr Leepile Taunyane,&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>SAFA president Danny Jordaan said, &ldquo;&ldquo;We have lost a true giant and founding father of South African football. He served in many capacities whether within Safa (he was an honorary member of Safa) or the Premier Soccer League. This man was a loyal servant of the game.&rdquo; &nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3075Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:40:00 +0200Players need to be protected - Ertugral<div>Ajax Cape Town returned to Cape Town with a number of &ldquo;walking wounded&rdquo; amongst their ranks after their game against the TUKS in Pretoria on Saturday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town coach was understandably upset after Lolo, Tyson and Shaba left the field injured, to receive treatment that required stitches. He compared the game to that of a physical rugby match.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral said, &ldquo;I must congratulate my boys for their courage out there on the park. It was such a physical game that some of my players required stitches. It was not a good advert for local football.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We went out there to play football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am very disappointed, I must say that I think the players need to be protected on the field a bit; and the weather condition was not conducive to playing a good football. This is a million dollar business.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fans pay to see good, entertaining football.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since the start of the PSL season the Ajax Cape Town squad has been suffered injuries to numerous players with as much as nine players on the injury list at any given time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The latest additions to that list will be monitored over the next few days to evaluate whether they will be in contention for a spot in the AjaxCT squad to play Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday, 05 November at the Cape Town Stadium.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3074Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:17:00 +0200Anssi earns Ertugral's praise<div>Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral praised Finnish shot stopper Anssi Jaakkola following the Urban Warriors goalless draw against the University of Pretoria on Saturday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jaakkola had an outstanding game for the Western Cape outfit, frustrating Tuks and ultimately winning a point for his side.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;He is a good goalkeeper, the moment when he is fit I think he is one of the best goalkeepers here in South Africa. He is an international for Finland,&rdquo; said Ertugral.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am very proud of him and hopefully he will even get better.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tuks coach Steve Barker also credited the former Siena shot stopper, adding that when you lose a key striker within the first few minutes and the opposition goalkeeper wins man of the match you have to feel hard done by.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AmaTuks marksman Geofrey Massa had to be stretchered off following a collision with Thulani Hlatshwayo in the first minute.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;When you lose your main striker and the opposition goalkeeper gets man of the match you have to feel hard done by.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;I think in the second half especially we created the better opportunities but credit to the goalkeeper for keeping us out,&rdquo; said Barker.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>MTN Football</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3073Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:56:00 +0200Ajax v Chiefs Tickets on Sale<div>Tickets for the Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs game scheduled for Tuesday 05 November at the Cape Town Stadium are NOW ON SALE at all Computicket &amp; Shoprite/Checkers outlets.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kick-off is at 19h30 and we urge local fans to buy their tickets ahead of arriving at the Cape Town Stadium because NO TICKETS will be sold at the Stadium on match day.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tickets can be bought on-line from the following link;</div> <p><a href="http://online.computicket.com/web/event/ajax_cape_town_vs_kaizer_chiefs/763221792//referer:-highlights-index-74-0-0-grid-">http://online.computicket.com/web/event/ajax_cape_town_vs_kaizer_chiefs/763221792//referer:-highlights-index-74-0-0-grid-</a></p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3072Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:11:00 +0200Ajax & Tuks share the spoils<div>Ajax Cape Town and the University of Pretoria played to a goalless draw in difficult conditions in Pretoria on Saturday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was held-up for several minutes in the first half after Massa and Hlatshwayo collided, they were stretchered off for treatment. Replacements took the field, Ritus replaced Tyson; Mathosi replaced Massa for Ajax and TUKS respectively.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors fired the first shot on target when Ernesto tested Arubi in the TUKS goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Anssi was called to action when he saved a downward header at the far post from Zwane.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>TUKS applied pressure on the Ajax defence but Isaacs marshalled his teammates well, and when they were breached Anssi was in position to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 25th minute Paulse won a free-kick on the right-flank, Lolo floated his spot-kick into the TUKS penalty area forcing Arubi to come off his line to punch the ball clear.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 27th minute Zwane&rsquo;s shot at goal flew wide, then on the other end of the field Paulse found space on the right flank to hit a cross into the penalty area, with Alexander bearing down on the ball the TUKS defence cleared the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>TUKS enjoyed most of the possession in the second half as Ajax attacked on the counter in search of the opening goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax made their substitutions when Losper replaced Mzwakali and Shabalala replaced Lolo.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>TUKS laid siege on the AjaxCT goal area in the last quarter of the game; but Anssi Jaakkola rose to the occasion and pulled off a number of good saves to keep his second clean sheet in three days.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jaakkola won the ABSA Premiership Man of the Match award for his exploits in the Ajax Cape Town goals.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Four yellow cards were flashed in the game; Shoyisa, Zwane (both TUKS), Davids and Ernesto (both Ajax) were carded for unsporting behaviour.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3071Sat, 26 Oct 2013 23:35:00 +0200Ajax look to build momentum<div>Ajax Cape Town will be looking to maintain their momentum of positive results when they play TUKS on Saturday 26 October 2013 at the TUKS Stadium at 20h15.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After claiming their first three points of the season the Ajax coach Muhsin Ertugral is confident his charges will maintain their surge up the log standings with another positive result.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral said, &ldquo;We face another tough test against TUKS on Saturday evening. They are a very aggressive team going forward and defensively sound.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Against Stars, we showed that we are capable of playing good football and able to get behind the oppositions defences.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We may have a completely different look with the availability of Scott, Shabalala and Losper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In our game against Free State Stars we played our own type of football in the first half. This win has boosted the confidence of the team and I want them to carry that confidence into this game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3070Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:21:00 +0200Alexander was brilliant - Ertugral<div>Cole Alexander was on the receiving end of praise from head coach Muhsin Ertugral after his rare start for Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The midfielder made his first start of the season in the 1-0 win over Free State Stars and he immediately impressed with his commanding display, even creating a goal scoring chance after the first 30 seconds of play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral, who has been forced to field youngsters due to the injury crisis at the club, admits he was impressed with the 24-year-old&rsquo;s performance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It is nice to develop youngsters. In this point in time the pressure is big on the boys- they want to prove a point,&rdquo; said the Turkish tactician after the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It will take a while for the youngsters to get there, but today we had enough players in with experience and I think that is why we could change things.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Cole? The first half he was brilliant. We put him against AmaZulu and he was not there.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We had to wait a bit longer so he could get hungry.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I was very satisfied for him.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral admits that he is hoping to welcome back some of his seasoned campaigners within the coming weeks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&ldquo;We will start getting [Nhlanhla] Shabalala back, hopefully Scotty and Tokkie [Toriq Losper]- who I think is a great prospect for us,&rdquo; he added.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;When these guys are back it gives us opportunities to get the results.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTN Football</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3069Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:58:00 +0200Lolo signs extension<div>Cecil Lolo penned new deal with Ajax Cape Town this morning, extending his contract until 2015.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After a man of the match performance against Free State Stars last night, Cecil Lolo followed-up his award winning performance with a contract extension that will keep him at Ajax Cape Town until 2015.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lolo joined Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Youth Academy from African Tribes and progressed to make his professional debut against Bloemfontein Celtic on August 27 2010.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Khayelitsha-born Cecil Lolo made six appearances for the Urban Warriors in 2010 and has since established himself as the first choice right-back in the Ajax Cape Town starting XI.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3068Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:41:00 +0200Ernesto strike seals win<p class="MsoNormal">A lone Stelio Ernesto goal in the 14<sup>th</sup> minute of the game sealed Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s first three points of the new season.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Urban Warriors have been promising to turn-the-corner and on Wednesday evening they did just that. They took the game to Free State Stars and controlled the match from the start. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As expected Stars played on the counter-attack however they could not keep possession for long, the Ajax midfielders chased-down the player in possession until possession was overturned.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The real heroes of Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s victory were three young men who despite their youth, played like seasoned veterans. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Cole Alexander, Bantu Mzwakali and Abbubaker Mobara tracked every Stars attack, tackled like Trojans and they worked their socks-off to win possession, set-up attacks and ensure that Ajax Cape Town remained in control of the game.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It was all Ajax in the first half as the trio orchestrated the flow of the game.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Stars tried to get behind the Ajax defence but the Urban Warriors defended in numbers, and when they did get a shot on goal, Anssi Jaakkola was in position to collect the ball.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">He made his first save of the game off the effort of Venter then minutes later Ernesto stepped inside of his marker on the left flank and slotted the ball into the back of the net to give Ajax the lead.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Jaakkola was called into action minutes later to make a save off Mkhatshwa&rsquo;s header.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Man-of-the Match, Cecil Lolo was unfortunate not to get his name on the score-sheet, his first effort at goal flew narrowly wide then he tried to lob the keeper from about 30 yards when he saw the keeper off his line unfortunately his second effort hit the top of the net.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The second half followed much of the same pattern as the first however Free State Stars, realising that time was running-out, threw everything into their attack in search of an equaliser.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ernesto almost broke clear on goal late in the second game but for his marker who fouled him in a one-on-one situation. The Ajax supporter&rsquo;s bay&rsquo;d for a red card but to their dismay the match official produced a yellow.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The celebrations in the stands started early and continued way after the game as the Urban Warriors savoured their victory.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town plays Tuks in their next game on Saturday 26 October, 2013 at 20h15<o:p></o:p></p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3067Thu, 24 Oct 2013 01:03:00 +0200Win could change everything - Dolly<p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Keagan Dolly believes that Wednesday&rsquo;s game against Free State Stars will be the turning point for the Urban Warriors season.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax still seeking their first win of the season will be looking for a repeat of last season&rsquo;s result to kick-start their climb off the bottom of the log standings. Ajax beat Stars 4-2 in their last meeting in Cape Town. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Dolly said, &ldquo;The players are giving 110% at training every day and despite the results we have been playing very well.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">A win could change everything for us on and off the field.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>After the long break in fixtures, the players are eager to play and I am sure they will strive with every effort to get a positive result on Wednesday.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3065Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:06:00 +0200Stars tough opponents - Ertugral<div>&ldquo;Free State Stars are tough opponents,&rdquo; was the response of the AjaxCT coach Muhsin Ertugral when asked about their next opponents.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stars plays Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday 23 October at the Cape Town Stadium, kick off is at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral continued, &ldquo;Stars did well in their recent cup game against Chiefs however we expect them to change their tactics for the game in Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We expect them to play counter-attacking football, with the strikers using their pace to launch the offensive and be compact at the back.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax and Stars have played 18 games in all competitions with the Urban Warriors ahead in the win ratio for Cape Town games by 5 wins to 2.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The last six games between AjaxCT and FS Stars produced an average of three goals a game with Ajax Cape Town topping the scoring chart in their 4-2 home win last season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors will be looking to emulate this result as they seek their first three points of the new season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3064Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:38:00 +0200Petersen and Losper back in training<div>Good news often takes a while to arrive and no-one could blame the Ajax Cape Town coach, Muhsin Ertugral for his upbeat demeanour when he announced that Brandon Peterson and Toriq Losper are back in full training with the Ajax Cape Town squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors preparation ahead of the Free State Stars game has been shattered with the news of Grandwald Scott&rsquo;s injury and that Franklin Cale&rsquo;s injury could curtail his season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Injuries have blighted the Ajax Cape Town squad since the start of the season with as many as nine players on the injury list at any given time, however the news that Brandon Peterson and Toriq Losper have recovered to join the team at full training has put a silver lining on an otherwise grey skyline.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Losper has been out of action for the last two months with a knee injury while Brandon Petersen was stretchered off after falling awkwardly whilst making a save during the game between Polokwane City and Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral told the local media, &ldquo;Toriq has been working hard at is recovery programme and he has made enough progress to start training with team.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He was so eager to get back on the field that at times we have to remind him to stick to his rehabilitation schedule.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As for Brandon, it&rsquo;s really good to see him back in training and he has also recovered enough to join the rest to the team.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They working really hard but I don&rsquo;t want to push them too fast, it took them a while to get back and we must nurse them back into the game.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3063Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:52:00 +0200Get behind the team - Ertugral<div>Ajax Cape Town plays Free State Stars in a crucial game at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, 23 October 2013.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors collected only two points from their first five games and coach, Muhsin Ertugral is confident that the tide will turn.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;Despite our current position on the PSL standings we have enough quality in our side to turn the tide.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The players are giving 100% at training and at times I have to tell them to hold back just to ensure that they peak at the right time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>That we have only played five games since the season started has not helped our cause but it is what it is and we have to grab every opportunity to collect maximum points.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Free State Stars are also playing for all three points and they will not surrender the points that easy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s going to be a tough game against Free State Stars and I urge all the local supporters to get behind the team and turn up in their numbers to show the players that we believe in them.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3062Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:17:00 +0200Hout Bay XI - Ikamva Cup Champs<div>Hout Bay XI won the 2013 Ikamva Cup title in grand style, beating the Urban Stars 2-0 in the final.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town hosted the U12 Ikamva Cup tournament on Saturday 19 October, 2013 at Ikamva. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The tournament was contested by Evertonians, Hout Bay XI, Footy XI, Leeds Atlantis, Life Zone XI, Gerald XI, Urban Stars and Urban Kids.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the teams lined-up, the Head of Youth at Ajax Cape Town welcomed all the visitors and addressed the players, wishing them all the best for the tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The first round of games produced some exciting football from all the teams with the Urban Kids Urban Stars, Gerald XI and Hout Bay XI winning through to the semi-finals of the tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The semi-final draw selected Hout Bay XI v Gerald XI and Urban Stars v Urban Kids, with the second game setting-up an AjaxCT derby.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the first semi-final, the Hout Bay XI proved too strong for Gerald XI beating them 2-0, while the Ajax derby ended in a two-all draw after the Urban Kids scored a last minute equaliser to set-up a penalty shoot-out to decide the semi-final winner.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Stars progressed to the finals after beating the Urban Kids 5-4 in penalty shoot-out.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The final between the Hout Bay XI and the Urban Stars was an exciting game. The supporters were very vocal as they spurred their respective players to win the game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Hout Bay scored a goal in each half to win the title, sending their supporters wild as they paraded their trophy and medals.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each teams received a certificate of participation as well as a team pic to mark the occasion.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Congratulations Hout Bay XI, you are worthy winners.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3061Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:26:00 +0200CPUT teams up with AjaxCT <div>Ajax Cape Town launched their AjaxCT/CPUT Supporters registration drive on Thursday morning at the Student Affairs Centre, Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite a slow start, the CPUT students soon arrived in their numbers to register as members of the AjaxCT/CPUT supporters&rsquo; branch. They registered manually using forms, while others waited to register online.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the first hour, more than 200 students completed the registration online before the registration station moved to the CPUT Commerce cafeteria. The response once again was impressive.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A trip to the Observatory Student Res was next on the agenda, the ticket vending machine arrived and many of the students that registered in Cape Town arrived to activate their AjaxCT/CPUT supporter&rsquo;s membership and print their match ticket for the Ajax Cape Town v Free State Stars game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Excitement rose to fever pitch after the students witnessed the printing of the first tickets at the vending machine.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As news of the registration and ticket vending activation spread the remainder of the res students arrived en-masse to file their applications.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>By the end of the day a weary AjaxCT/CPUT activation team packed their equipment satisfied with a successful day&rsquo;s registration.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CPUT students, who would still like to register go to the AjaxCT/CPUT widget on www.ajaxct.com&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3060Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:48:00 +0200Join the AjaxCT Community <p>Join the Ajax Community and stand in line to receive one of 20 sets of double tickets to attend the Ajax vs Freestate Stars game on the 23rd October 2013. Get your Ajax Starter Pack from the Ajax Fan store or MK Cellular in Strand Street.</p> <p>Opt in by SMS&rsquo;ing AJAX to 44560 and you will automatically be entered into the draw. Those MTN pre paid and top up subscribers who wish to enter and join the Ajax Community can simply opt in by SMSing AJAX to 44560.</p> <p>Terms and Conditions Apply&rsquo;&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3059Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:58:00 +02002013 Ikamva Cup set to blast off<div>Ajax Cape Town will be hosting the U12 Ikamva Cup tournament at Ikamva on Saturday 19 October, 2013. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The U12 Ikamva Cup will be contested by Evertonians, Hout Bay Select XI, Footy XI, Leeds Atlantis, Two for Joy, Gerald Select XI, Urban Stars and Urban Kids.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ikamva Cup is the final opportunity for youngsters selected from the Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s First Touch programme to cement their place in the Ajax U12 team for the 2014/2015 season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In September Ajax held the final leg of the First Touch programme at Ikamva where 40 U12 youngsters were invited to train at Ikamva. The players are a selection of youngsters who participated in the AjaxCT First Touch programs across the Western Cape throughout the year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT &ldquo;First Touch&rdquo; program is a follow up from the tiny tots program run by Ian Towers from 2007 /08 for 8 /9 years old at Ikamva. The program has changed over the years and now it&rsquo;s called the &ldquo;First Touch&rdquo; program. This program prepares the 10/11 year-old players who eventually have the opportunity to join the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The final phase of this program is to select two teams of 10 players to participate in the Ikamva Cup on October 19 representing Ajax Cape Town against local clubs from across the Western Cape.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Tournament kicks-off at 09h00 with each team playing in the Group Stages. The winner and runner - up of each group will advance to the Winners Section semi-final stage.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The remainder of the teams will play-off for a place 3 &ndash; 8. The two AjaxCT teams participating in the tournament are the Urban Stars and Urban Kids.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The full programme of events is as follows:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Group A: Urban Stars, Evertonians, Footy XI, Hout Bay XI</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Group B: Leeds Atlantis, Gerald Select XI, Two for Joy, Urban Kids</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A 09.30 Urban Stars v Evertonians&nbsp;</div> <div>B 09.30 Footy 11 v Hout Bay XI&nbsp;</div> <div>A 10h00 Leeds Atlantis v Gerald Team&nbsp;</div> <div>B 10h00 Two for Joy v Urban Kids&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A 10h30 Evertonians v Hout Bay XI&nbsp;</div> <div>B 10h30 Urban Stars v Footy 11</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A 11h00 Gerald Team v Urban Kids&nbsp;</div> <div>B 11h00 Leeds Atlantis v Two for Joy&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A 11h30 Evertonians v Footy 11&nbsp;</div> <div>B 11h30 Urban Stars v Hout Bay XI&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A 12h00 Gerald Team v Two for Joy&nbsp;</div> <div>B 12h00 Leeds Atlantis v Urban Kids&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A 13h45 Semi Final A 1st Semi Final B 2nd</div> <div>B 13h45 Semi Final B 1st Semi Final A 2nd</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>B 14h15 4th place Group A (7th/8th place) 4th place Group A (7th/8th place)</div> <div>A 14h15 3rd place Group B (5th/6th place) 3rd place Group B (5th/6th place)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A 14h45 3rd &amp; 4th (loosing S/F) 3rd &amp; 4th (loosing S/F)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A 15h15 Winners Final</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A 16h00 PRIZE GIVING&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3058Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:02:00 +0200Friendlies a platform to build on - Mekuto<div>Ajax Cape Town plays Milano FC in preparation for their game against Free State Stars.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game against Milano FC at the Military Base in Wynberg is scheduled for Tuesday 15 October 2013 with kick-off at 15h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last Saturday, the Urban Warriors beat Vasco 3-1.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the Ajax CT PRO said, &ldquo;The game against Milano FC will be the perfect platform to build on ahead of the tough encounter against &nbsp;Free State Stars that takes place next Wednesday October 23 at the Cape Town Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The coach is using these games to test various combinations and tactics, bringing in a number of youngsters as he plans for his next game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Due to our periods of inactivity it&rsquo;s not an easy task keeping the players physically and mentally motivated.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We need game time and we appreciate the support of the local NFD teams in providing opposition for these games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are looking forward to resuming our PSL fixtures and I am urging the local fans to come and support our players as we launch into a series of games starting next Wednesday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the next month and a half we play five vital games and we need our &ldquo;12 man&rdquo; - the local supporters, to get behind the team as we pursue our first three points.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3057Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:16:00 +0200Cale injury blow for Ajax<div>Ajax Cape Town was dealt another injury setback with the news that Franklin Cale has been ruled out for the remainder of the year after undergoing minor surgery late last week.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cale has been struggling with a persistent knee problem that has delayed his sustained presence in the Ajax starting line-up since returning from Superpsort United. He played against his former club in the Telkom Knockout recently however the injury flared-up again after the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Franklin will be out of action until after the mid-season break, adding to the long injury list faced by the club&rsquo;s medical team with Travis Graham, Toriq Losper, Koen van de Laak, Brandon Petersen and Ndumiso Vezi all on the sidelines</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3056Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:34:00 +0200Coke Cup Champs<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s U 17 team added the coveted U17 Coke Cup title to their Engen Knock-Out title at Philippi Stadium on Saturday 12 October 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors beat the Jean Marc Ithier Academy 4-1 in an exciting final.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town enjoyed the bulk of possession throughout the game and they used their flanks to get the ball behind the opposition defence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The experience of Olwethu Maloyi, Ziyaad Eksteen, Jason Britz and Shane Saralina was pivotal in laying the foundation for Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s victory. The quartet controlled their areas of play and often launched the counter-attack with defence-splitting passes.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>JMI Academy suffered an early setback when they conceded an early goal in the opening minutes of the first half.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax captain Olwethu Maloyi scored the first goal of the game and before JMI had a chance to settle Ziyaad Eksteen added a second after he cut in from the left flank to fire his shot in at the far post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The teams exchanged a series of attacks with Ajax coming closest to scoring but the JMI keeper was alert to the danger, making crucial saves to keep his team in the game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Late in the first half Shane Saralina received the ball just inside the JMI half, he strode a few steps forward before unleashing a powerful drive that flew into the back of the net off the underside of the crossbar to give Ajax a 3-0 lead going into the break.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Spurred by a stirring half-time talk from their coach Duncan Crowie, Ajax took the game to their opposition however they found the JMI midfield lying deep to defend against their attacking brand football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This ploy worked for JMI and they used the long ball forward to launch their attacks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite their efforts JMI could not break through the Ajax defence marshalled by Saralina and Ethan Swartz. The pair read the game well and their distribution gave the Ajax midfield the space to launch attacks into the JMI half.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>15 minutes from time Ajax won a free-kick just outside the penalty area, Eksteen stood over the ball but it was Saralina who fired a low-shot into the left-hand corner of the net to give Ajax 4-0 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>JMI threw numbers forward in search of a consolation goal and they were rewarded when they won a penalty in the last minute of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite the efforts of the Ajax keeper Cameron Voster, JMI scored (4-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The match official signalled full time to crown Ajax Cape Town as the 2013 U17 Coke Cup Champions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3055Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:43:00 +0200Ajax U17 in Coke Final<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s U17 team will contest the Coke Cup U17 Final at the Philippi Stadium on Saturday, 11 October 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Coke Cup is an amateur competition contested by local clubs from all LFAs across the Western Cape.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors play against the Jean Marc Ithier Academy at 11h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The JMI under 17s defeated Woodlands United in their semi-final while Ajax CT Youth U17&rsquo;s beat Southampton FC on penalties to progress to the last 32 of the Coke cup after the game ended in a 2-all draw after full-time (AjaxCT goals: Darren Smith x 2).&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3054Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:09:00 +0200We planning ahead - Efstathiou<div>Ajax Cape Town Executive Director, Ari Efstathiou &nbsp;spoke to AjaxCT TV this week and said that the Urban Warriors have a three-year plan to get the club competing with the best, and that long term plans are in place to ensure that Ajax Cape Town continue their mission to be the top youth academy in South Africa.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari said, &ldquo;We would have liked to have a few more points in the bag; our plan is that this would be a year of stabilization within the club and to promote young talent from the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There are a few more youngsters that will come through this year.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We were bound to have a couple of difficult results especially at the start of the season but in Muhsin we have a coach that applies his mind, keeping the whole system on track I believe we have no reason to panic.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The reality is that the fans want points on the board, and at the end of the day it&rsquo;s the points that count. What we want to achieve is a long term plan that ensures that the club will be successful over a period of time.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have a three year plan to put this club in a positive position and unfortunately in most cases like this we will struggle at the start, however we are confident that we will turn the corner and then everybody will say, &ldquo;Wow how did they do that&rdquo; and we really believe that we are going to achieve our goals.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>From the fans perspective, I think it&rsquo;s important to realise we are only five games into the season with twenty five games to go, the teams on the top of the log have eleven points and there are still 75 points to play for.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you look at our youth teams of last year, they won the Engen Knock-Out Challenge, the Metropolitan Premier Cup and the Copa Amsterdam Tournaments and some players that played in that team are currently in our PSL squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>What we saying is that we developed youth players over a period of time and their first year in the PSL is going to be a transitional time.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Surely you can&rsquo;t expect them to win the PSL title in their first year of professional football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The short term goal is to not lose our focus, get points on the board and get to position eight or above and I will be happy. Then we plan to keep improving until we are once again challenging for honours.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3052Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:26:00 +0200Team building up Lions Head<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s PSL team hiked up Lions Head early this morning as part of a team building exercise for Muhsin Ertugral&rsquo;s squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite improved performances the Urban Warriors are keen to get some winning results under their belt and a trip up the mountain was planned to rally the team spirit amongst the players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lions Head is one of many scenic wonders in Cape Town, the spectacular views and surrounds is the ideal setting to inspire the Urban Warriors as they prepare for their game against Free State Stars on Wednesday October 23 at the Cape Town Stadium.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the hike, the Ajax Cape Town players enjoyed some fun in the sun on Camps Bay beach.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3051Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:57:00 +0200We will turn our season around - Isaacs<div>Ajax Cape Town captain Dominic Isaacs believes that the Urban Warriors will get winning results very soon regardless of their poor start to the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors have lost three of their first five fixtures in the league, despite showing glimpses of their capabilities in every game especially their fixture against Sundowns.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Isaacs said, &ldquo;We are very disappointed to be winless after five games but we have only ourselves to blame. We are creating upfront but not converting our scoring chances, while at the back we conceding goals through silly mistakes.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you look at the first five league results we have lost most of our games by the odd goal, so we have to tighten up at the back and score the chances we create.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As a team we have to take responsibility for our performances, we are a better than the results display and I am sure we will turn our season around very soon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3048Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:14:00 +0200Serero praised by his coach<div>Ajax Amsterdam coach Frank de Boer has praised Thulani Serero&rsquo;s performance in their league win over Utrecht on Sunday.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Serero, despite having not started the game for Ajax, earned the Man of the Match award after he came on in the 25th minute in place of the injured Siem de Jong.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The South African also scored the third in Ajax&rsquo;s 3-0 win and de Boer believes it was the right decision to play the pint-sized playmaker.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Serero was always an option to play into,&rdquo; de Boer told the club&rsquo;s website.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;He played well and determined the rhythm of the team. He stood in well for de Jong.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>text: MTN FOotball&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3047Tue, 08 Oct 2013 09:39:00 +0200United beat Ajax in TKO<div>Supersport United beat Ajax Cape Town 2-1 in first round of the Telkom KO at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors took an early lead via a Lance Davids goal in the third minute of the game; his shot at goal took a wicked deflection to wrong-foot Williams in goal for United.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Supersport United took the game to AjaxCT and equalised ten minutes later via a counter attack that lead to Thuso Phala scoring with a left-footed shot that flew in-off the far post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A bit of misfortune resulted in Ajax Cape Town conceding a second goal in the 26th minute when Sibusiso Khumalo&rsquo;s shot ricocheted off Thulani Hlatshwayo into the back of the AjaxCT net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bantu Mzwakali replaced Ernesto just before the break and early in the second half an offside flag halted Tasreeq Morris progress as he broke clear.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT showed promise after the break by taking the game to United in search of an equaliser.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Edwin Gyimah was booked early in the second half for a foul on Franklin Cale.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game swung from end to end and in the 50th minute of the game Abbubaker Mobara&rsquo;s shot at goal flew just wide, three minutes later Niang forced Jaakkola to make a save on the other end of the field.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lance Davids collected a yellow card for an unfair challenge on Mathebula, and then AjaxCT&rsquo;s defence activated the offside trap to earn a free-kick from Phala&rsquo;s long-ball forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Another Lance Davids free-kick found Roger&rsquo;s who fired a shot goal-ward forcing a save from Williams.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With time running out, Ajax Cape Town went on the offensive attacking United down the flanks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors enjoyed a late flurry in front of the Supersport goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>First, Franklin Cale&rsquo;s shot at goal was blocked by Bevan Fransman in the 81st minute.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later, Bantu Mzwakali beat his marker near the corner flag on the right flank and fired a shot at goal from an acute angle, his shot flew just wide of the target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A counter-attack saw Phala and Doutie race clear on the left flank but the AjaxCT defence checked their progress to clear the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the closing minutes of the game, Cecil Lolo&rsquo;s shot scrapped the paint off the goal post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Final score: Supersport United 2 &ndash; Ajax Cape Town 1.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3046Sat, 05 Oct 2013 19:01:00 +0200Isaacs ready for Johnson reunion<div>Ajax Cape Town skipper Dominic Isaacs is looking forward to coming up against his former mentor, Cavin Johnson in the Telkom Knockout on Saturday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors plays Johnson&rsquo;s SuperSport United team in a re-run of last year&rsquo;s first round fixture of the tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The hard-as-nails defender highlighted the affection between him and the tactician, but admits come game day the only thing on his mind is winning.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Cavin Johnson is like a father to me.&nbsp;I spent five years with him at the School of Excellence,&rdquo; said Isaacs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;He looked after me very well, we have a father-son relationship but come match-day there will be no favours and things like that.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am sure Cavin has the same mentality but I am positive we will be in the next round.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTN Football</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3045Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:29:00 +0200Dolly surprised by Bafana selection<div>Keagan Dolly was surprised by his selection to the Bafana Squad to face Morocco in an international friendly next Friday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Bafana squad was announced earlier today by Gordon Igesund and Dolly was one of the five uncapped players named in the squad for this game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dolly said, &ldquo;I was surprised when I received the news of my selection to the Bafana squad today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I just want to thank all my teammates and the coaching staff at Ajax Cape Town, without them I would not have been given this opportunity and then I want to thank the coach for giving me the opportunity to play in his team.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To be honest I do not expect to get selected for the national team this soon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My coach spoke to me earlier this week about the possibly of the selection but I did not believe him however once I saw the confirmation I was very happy.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My teammates are very happy for me they have come to wish me all the best for the Bafana camp.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am still coming to terms that this is really happening and as they say, if you believe then all your dreams can come true.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s my first camp and I plan to work hard to show that I am there to make the starting line-up, and possibly cement myself in the Bafana set-up.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last but not least I want to thank all the Ajax Cape Town supporters for getting behind the team when we play.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The full Bafana Bafana squad is;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune (c) (Kaizer Chiefs), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United), Darren Keet (KV Kortrijk, Belgium)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Defenders: Anele Ngcongca (Genk, Belgium), Thabo Nthethe (Bloemfontein Celtic), Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers, English Championship), Tsepo Masilela (Kaizer Chiefs), Buhle Mkhwanazi (University of Pretoria), Siyanda Xulu (FC Rostov, Russia), Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United, English League 1)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Midfielders: Kamohelo Mokotjo (PEC Zwolle, Holland), Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Bidvest Wits), Ayanda Patosi (Lokeren, Belgium), Daylon Claasen (Lech Poznan, Poland), Keagan Dolly (Ajax Cape Town), Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers, English Championship), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace, England), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Strikers: Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth, English Championship), Kermit Erasmus (Orlando Pirates), Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3044Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:54:00 +0200Youngsters pressing for a spot in Cup squad<p class="MsoNormal">The Urban Warriors are mindful of their cold start to the season and Cup football gives the players an opportunity to rekindle their season. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s, Muhsin Ertugral coach has a selection poser ahead of the first round of the 2013 Telkom Knockout game against Supersport United.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Despite several injuries at the start of the season, a number of senior players have returned to the training field in preparation for this Cup game to the delight of the AjaxCT coach, Muhsin Ertugral.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">He said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to be an interesting week ahead of the game against Supersport United because a number of senior players have returned from injury and will be available for selection ahead of the Telkom Knockout fixture.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We have Lance, Thulani, Franklin as well as Stelio and Petersen back in training but I am sure that the youngsters who already have a few games under their belts will not give-up their places in the line-up easily.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>It&rsquo;s a good situation to have, because the players will be competing for a place in the Cup squad.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3043Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:37:00 +0200AjaxCT shift focus to Cup football<div>Ajax Cape Town will shift their focus from their PSL League campaign to Cup football ahead of the first round Telkom Knock-Out Challenge game against Supersport United this weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game, scheduled for Saturday October 05, 2013 will be played at the Lucas Moripe Stadium with kick off at 15h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This fixture is the repeat of last year&rsquo;s first round Telkom KO game that went to penalties after the game finished in a 1-all draw. United eventually won the game 4-3 on penalties to progress to the next round.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>An odd goal separated Ajax Cape Town and Supersport United in six of the last thirteen games with 5 draw results making for a strategic game of football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A number United players are familiar with the Ajax set-up; George Maluleka, Sameehg Doutie and Bradley Grobelaar all donned the Red and White jersey of the Urban Warriors and the coach, Cavin Johnson spent a number of years at Ikamva as the Head of the Youth Academy and Assistant Coach before taking over the reins of Ajax CT late in 2002.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other hand, Lance Davids, Franklin Cale and Nathan Paulse all played for United before making the move to Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All these factors add spice to the fixture making for exciting football for the fans.&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3042Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:10:00 +0200First Touch program at Ikamva<div>The final leg of Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s &ldquo;First Touch&rdquo; program kicked off on Thursday morning with 40 youngsters selected from across the Western Cape arriving at Ikamva with parents on tow for support.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The selected 40 youngsters aged between 10 &ndash; 11 years old have an opportunity to impress the technical team of the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy hopeful of an invitation to join the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jan Pruijn the Ajax Head of technical Affairs said, &ldquo;We starting our first touch program today at Ikamva for kids aged 10 -11 years today, this is a selection of youngsters that have participated in our first touch programs across the Western Cape who are competing for a place in our U12 team for next season</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT &ldquo;First Touch&rdquo; program a follow up from the tiny tots program run by Ian Towers from 2007 /08 for 8 /9 years old at Ikamva. We have changed the program a bit calling it the &ldquo;First Touch&rdquo; program and gearing it for the 10/11 year old players who able to join our youth academy in the &nbsp;AjaxCT U12 team.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have 16 locations were the first touch program is rolled out, 16 x one training session a day. The players are drawn from clubs, schools or players that are recommended to us.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We draw players born in 2002/2003, and we asked the coaches to recommend a maximum of three players from each location for a &ldquo;First Touch&rdquo; trail and we added eight players in the same age group that we scouted from different clubs via our network of contacts.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>So we hosting 40 players at Ikamva as part on the first touch program, it is a very good number.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>So you may ask, after two days what is the outcome of the program? It is a commendation to this program that 80 percent of the players selected to the Ajax Youth Academy U12 team attended the first touch program last year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In what I have seen so far, the players are of the quality that we are looking for at our Youth Academy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The final phase of this program is to select two teams of 10 players that will participate in the Ikamva Cup on October 19 where they will represent Ajax Cape Town against local clubs from across the Western Cape.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>So, first we will select the 20 players out of this group that&rsquo;s 50% of this group, the selected players will prepare for the Ikamva Cup tournament then we will invite 12 players out of that group of 20 to join our Youth Academy to play for the Ajax Cape Town U12 team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3041Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:47:00 +0200Cale & Tyson training again<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s technical team received a glimmer of good news this morning at Ikamva.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The injury list at Ikamva was shortened by a few names early this morning after the medical team announced that Brandon Petersen will be able to resume training at the weekend.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Petersen was stretchered off during Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s recent fixture against Polokwane City, the Ajax keeper fell awkwardly after making a save in the second half of the game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Also back on the green is Franklin Cale and Thulani Hlatshwayo who resumed training with the team; they join Lance Davids who has fought his way back into the squad after a period on the side-lines.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He joins a long list of Urban Warriors already receiving treatment in the medical centre at Ikamva,&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3040Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:54:00 +0200Ajax holiday clinics kicks-off<div>The Ajax Cape Town Experience September 2013 Holiday Clinics kicked off today with a number of young boys and girls arriving at Ikamva to participate.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town Holiday Clinics at Ikamva affords all the participants an exclusive Ajax Experience at a world class football facility. They will enjoy a sneak preview of what life is like as an Ajax Cape Town football player.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since the start of the holiday clinics program the number of boys and girls attending the Ajax Cape Town Experience Holiday Clinics increased tremendously over the years.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A number of kids return for the Ajax Experience holiday clinics annually.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On arrival Riyaad Khan, the Holiday Clinic co-ordinator addressed the children and their parents as to the program for the day as well as the rules of the clinics. The youngsters were lead to the dressing rooms and divided into teams. Each team was allocated their own Ajax Cape Town dressing room, kit and training equipment.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the players were kitted-out, the Ajax Experience coaches addressed them before leading the youngsters to the training field where they were put through the training drills by the Ajax Community coaches who are adept at working with young players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This Holiday Coach clinic is held over two days for each age group and the players will even get to meet the professional players of Ajax Cape Town who train on an adjacent field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Clinic details:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Age Group: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 6 -10 year old: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Monday, 23rd &amp; Wednesday, 25th September 2013</div> <div>Age Group: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 10 - 15 year old: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Thursday, 26th &amp; Friday, 27th September 2013</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;09h00 to 15h00&nbsp;</div> <div>Venue: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Ikamva, Parow</div> <div>Cost: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; R 280.00 per child&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the 2nd day the parents &amp; children who participated congregate in the restaurant and each child who participated will be presented with a certificate and goodie bag.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each child must please bring their own soccer boots (if they don't have boots then takkies will do) &amp; shin guards (if they have).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will provide fruit and juice for their mid-morning break as well as lunch.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To register, parents/ guardians must please complete the registration form available from nuraani@ajaxct.co.za.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please be advised that we only have 100 places available per clinic, therefore Pre-booking is essential &ndash; please note that no bookings can be made on the day.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3039Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:59:00 +0200Petersen stretchered off<div>The AjaxCT treatment room is expected to be a busy area this week as they deal with another addition to an already lengthy injury list at Ikamva.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brandon Petersen was stretchered off after falling awkwardly whilst making a save during the game between Polokwane City and Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town keeper was taken to the nearest hospital and word from the management is that the player is undergoing further checks to assess his condition.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He joins a long list of Urban Warriors already receiving treatment in the medical centre at Ikamva,&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thulani Hlatshwayo suffered a knock during the Bafana game against Zimbabwe that effectively ruled him out of recent games.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Travis Graham sustained a knee injury in Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s 1-0 loss to Bidvest Wits, Koen van de Laak and Toriq Losper suffered a similar malady with both players expected to be out for a few weeks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stelio Ernesto joined the list after he was injured during the game against Sundowns,&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nhlanhla Shabalala and Franklin Cale is still the treatment room however Granwald Scott was back out on the field last week working with the fitness and conditioning trainer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ndumiso Vezi is also expected to be out of action until next year; he is recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident in December last year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This brings the number of players in the Ajax Cape Town treatment room to ten, presented the AjaxCT technical team with a selection headache ahead of their next game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3037Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:44:00 +0200 Polokwane City beat Ajax CT<p>Polokwane City beat Ajax Cape Town 2-0 defeat at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Goals by Thsepo Tshilo (40m) and Sphesihle Nzimande (70) was enough to seal the result in favour of the home team despite a late surge from the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Manyama had the first shot at goal from a free-kick but his shot flew to the right of the target, Ajax continued to press forward and Dolly forced Million Mkhabela to make a clearance off his corner-kick.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A foul on Rogers presented Manyama with another opportunity to strike at goal; the City keeper Marumo cleared the danger by punching the ball clear of his goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was littered by niggling fouls. City won two successive free-kicks, the first a foul by Mokeke then Kwong. Kanyenda conceded a free-kick for a foul on Mokeke then Ritus conceded with an unfair challenge on Kanyenda.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the half-hour mark Nathan Paulse replaced Michael Kwong, he joined Lebogang Manyama and Eleazar Rogers in the Ajax attack.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City went ahead in the 40th minute when Thapelo Tshilo slotted the ball past Petersen to score for the home team (1-0).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City was awarded a corner on the stroke of halftime; Petersen punched the ball clear of his goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At the start of the second half Lance Davids replaced Eleazar Rogers, a second substitution from the Urban Warriors.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bantu Mzwakali almost found an equalizer for Ajax when his header from a Dolly corner flew to the right of the City goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax was forced into their third substitution when Anssi Jaakkola replaced Brandon Petersen in goal for Ajax.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax took the game to City; Manyama was flagged for an offside as he broke clear then the City keeper was forced to make a save off Mzwakali&rsquo;s effort on goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City doubled their lead when Sphesihle Nzimande scored (2-0).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the closing stages it was all Ajax as they threw everything into their attack, Manyama had three shots on target, Dolly was flagged for an offside, Manyama&rsquo;s corner was cleared by Nzimande and Mzwakali&rsquo;s corner was cleared by Molala.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>City defended in numbers to secure their first three points of the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3036Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:02:00 +0200Polokwane v Ajax Preview<div>Ajax Cape Town will aiming to bring home all three points from their clash against Polokwane City on Sunday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The PSL rookies have endured a baptism of fire in their first season of football in the top flight, losing five of their opening fixtures in the ABSA Premiership.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Meanwhile the Urban Warriors have made huge strides in recent performances despite losing two of their last four games. Ajax drew 1-1 against Golden Arrows, lost to Amazulu (2-1) and Bidvest Wits (1-0) however they picked up their performance with a thrilling 2-2 draw against a tough Mamelodi Sundowns side.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The result was made even more impressive by the fact that Ajax fielded a young side that included four 19 year-old players. An Ajax debutant, Bantu Mzwakali was selected as the &ldquo;Man of the Match&rdquo; after an impressive display again his more experienced opponents.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s record in Polokwane is not impressive but with the odds in their favour this is a perfect opportunity for the Urban Warriors to lay that &ldquo;record&rdquo; to rest.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With both teams placed at the bottom of the PSL standings only a win will do for Ajax Cape Town in order to get their PSL campaign on a winning track.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3035Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:28:00 +0200We have incredible youngsters - Ertugral<div>The smile on Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Muhsin Ertugral&rsquo;s face says it all when he speaks about the performance of the newly promoted youngsters in his PSL squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town promoted seven youngsters from their Youth Academy over the last few months and they have performed in a manner that belies their youth, in fact two of the promoted players won the ABSA Premiership Man of the Match award in Ajax Cape Town two home games so far this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brandon Petersen collected the award for his outstanding performance against Amazulu on September 01, 2013 and then Bantu Mzwakali collected the award on his debut against Mamelodi Sundowns on September 17, 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town team that took the field against Sundowns included five players from the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy with a further five on the bench. The AjaxCT Youth Academy players in the starting line-up were; Brandon Petersen, Cecil Lolo, Abbubaker Mobara, Bantu Mzwakali and Keagan Dolly with Nathan Paulse, Cole Alexander, Musa Lebusa, Michael Kwong and Tasreeq Morris completing the set on the bench.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>That&rsquo;s 10 players in an 18-man squad, all products of the Ajax Youth Academy of whom five were promoted at the start of the new season. Petersen made his PSL debut against Golden Arrows on August 03, Michael Kwong made his debut against Bidvest Wits on September 13, Mzwakali made his debut on September 17 2013 with Petersen and Mzwakali winning the Man of the Match awards in the Bidvest Wits and Sundowns games respectively.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral said, &ldquo;We have some incredible youngsters coming through the ranks and they have acquitted themselves very well at a professional level. Last season we promoted six youngsters and followed that by promoting seven youngsters this season and already there are a few youngsters in the reserve team knocking on the door.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just to think that we had two 19-year old players in the central midfield position with one making his professional league debut and winning the Man of the Match award despite the presence of a number of experienced internationals on the field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In our last four games two of our youngsters won the Man of the Match award for their excellent performances.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite the success of these youngsters I have always said the transformation of this team will take time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>What I can tell you is that the best is yet to come from this team.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3034Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:59:00 +0200Petersen talks to ajaxct.com<div>Brandon Petersen has already made a name for himself in South African football circles after only four games in the professional ranks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During his time in the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy Petersen collected many accolades;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Goalkeeper of the Tournament &nbsp;&ndash; Engen Knockout Challenge 2011</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Goalkeeper of the Tournament &nbsp;&ndash; Eurovoetbal 2012</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Goalkeeper of the Tournament &nbsp;&ndash; Metropolitan Premier Cup 2013&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Engen Knockout Challenge Champion - 2011</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Metropolitan Premier Cup Champion &ndash; 2013</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Copa Amsterdam Champion &ndash; 2013</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brandon made his PSL debut against Golden Arrows in the first game of the new PSL season and since then he has impressed the football fraternity with his agility, ability to read the game and his command of his goal area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Petersen has since gone on to win an ABSA Premiership Man of the Match Award for his performance against Bidvest Wits; and he has captured the imagination and support of many football fans across the country.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the game against Bidvest Wits he was opposing ends of the field to his boyhood hero, Moeneeb Joseph another Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy product making this game even more special.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Petersen said, &ldquo;It was a tough game against Wits, we knew it wasn&rsquo;t going to be easy. They were going to come at us in numbers in order to pressurize us into making mistakes.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We were prepared for them, and held our own for most of the game. &nbsp;Unfortunately, we didn&rsquo;t get the three points.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was an honour for me to get the &ldquo;Man of the Match&rdquo; Award in my second game of my PSL career. I think that &hellip;, the coach asked me to do a job, and I just went out there and gave it my all, at the end I got rewarded for it.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My nerves wasn&rsquo;t that bad, when the game started I was focused on keeping the ball out of the net, trying to save every ball that came in my direction. Out defence did well just a couple of chances that Wits had and the one they got they took their chances and scored.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was always my dream to play against Moeneeb but I never thought it would be this soon, it was really an honour to play against him.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Before the game I didn&rsquo;t see him but he came out to greet me. He motivated me to go out and enjoy myself. After the game he congratulated me and told me to keep working hard.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3033Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:21:00 +0200MTN LAUNCH AJAX FANS STARTER PACK<div>CAPE TOWN - MTN launched a new starter pack with its sponsored team Ajax Cape Town. &nbsp;A proud sponsor of the club for numerous years, MTN conceptualized the sim card pack to afford supporters the opportunity to have exclusive benefits and win opportunities to get closer to the team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Brian Gouldie, Chief Marketing Officer, MTN SA says &ldquo;The MTN brand is about the people and part of our brand ethos is to connect people with their passions and also give back to the communities we operate in. &nbsp;Ajax Cape Town has provided us with the perfect platform to realise this vision. &nbsp;So we&rsquo;ve designed a starter pack specifically for the Ajax fans, giving them greater benefits, added value and more chances to see their team live in action.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Besides the numerous benefits customers will receive when joining the MTN family, the Ajax Cape Town starter pack will be packed with goodies for fans, including the following:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp;1. 10MB of Data when you recharge with R100 or more</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp;2. 20% free airtime when you recharge with R10 or more</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp;3. 5 Free SMSs when you send 15 SMSs</div> <div>&nbsp; &nbsp;4. 10 Free Callbacks daily.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>And by opting into the MTN Ajax Cape Town fan club, can win official club merchandise, Ajax Cape Town match tickets, a chance to meet the Ajax Cape Town team as well as attend the annual Ajax Cape Town awards ceremony.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For new MTN customers, the starter pack will not cost the customer anything, but they will &nbsp;need to RICA the sim card and recharge with airtime in order to activate the sim. Customers will then need to opt into the MTN Ajax Cape Town Fan club by sending &ldquo;Ajax&rdquo; to 44560 for them to be registered as an MTN Ajax Cape Town Fan club member.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Existing MTN Customers are not left out as they are not required to get the new starter pack as they are already part of the MTN family, but can still become a MTN Ajax Fan club member by sending &ldquo;AJAX&rdquo; to 44560 to be registered.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fans attending Ajax Cape Town matches will be able to obtain their starter packs at the stadium on match days from branded MTN resellers, at the Ajax Fan store at Ikamva &nbsp;or from MK Cell in Strand Street, Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Should a customer have any queries or experience any problems at any point during the activation, they can contact the MTN Customer Service Centre by dialling 083 173 or they can return to their point of purchase.&nbsp;</div> <div>Visit www.mtn.co.za for Terms and Conditions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ENDS</div> <div>FOR MORE MEDIA INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:</div> <div>Bridget Bhengu: Senior Manager - PR and Communications, MTN SA</div> <div>Cell: 083 212 1964 / E-mail: Bhengu_b@mtn.co.za&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lesiba Langa: Sponsorship Manger - &nbsp;PR , MTN SA</div> <div>Cell: 083 212 4053 / E-mail: lesiba@mtn.co.za</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3032Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:29:00 +0200AFC Ajax take aim at Barca<div>17 September 2013</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In Camp Nou&rsquo;s &lsquo;sala de premsa&rsquo; (Catalan for press room), Frank de Boer and Bojan Krkic provided a preview of the first Champions League game against FC Barcelona. Bar&ccedil;a&rsquo;s former player and loaned out player showed respect for their upcoming opponent, but, as Ajax players, are remaining true to their own strengths. Siem de Jong will start on the squad on Wednesday against Barcelona.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Very few football followers or Ajax fans truly believe that success will come in the form of a win or a tie against FC Barcelona. The general opinion is that Ajax will have a tough time against the best football team of the past few years. And likely, a very tough time. A few days prior to the Champions League opening, general opinion seems to be firmly rooted in reality.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bar&ccedil;a has belonged to the absolute top in recent years. Ajax hopes to be on its way to the upper echelons. However, these low expectations do offer the Amsterdam team an exceptional opportunity to surprise everyone as the underdog.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Obviously, it&rsquo;s never nice when people think like that&rdquo;, was Frank de Boer&rsquo;s reaction to the low expectations that many seem to have. It&rsquo;s a prognosis that&rsquo;s most probably partly based on the recent meetings against Real Madrid. In the past two years of the Champions League, Ajax has been left hopeless each time against Madrid. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are the powerhouses of Spain and, consequently, belong to top football on a global level. There is very little difference between the top clubs, as is proven time and time again when Real and Bar&ccedil;a meet for each new edition of El Cl&aacute;sico.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s probably not unimportant that we&rsquo;re not currently in the best shape&rdquo;, continued De Boer. The Ajax coach was a player in Camp Nou for five years. The Monnickendam native knows the club and its football temple as few others do. &ldquo;In contrast, Bar&ccedil;a is doing pretty well. But I&rsquo;m still convinced that we need to play our own game. It&rsquo;s hard to play dominant football against Barcelona. But if we reach our own level, I&rsquo;ll be happy. Reaching your own level is the most important. Players should actually rise above their own level. These matches are a great opportunity to do that.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This first official meeting with FC Barcelona is also an opportunity to measure themselves, as De Boer knows. &ldquo;This match is a test case to see how we measure up to Bar&ccedil;a&rsquo;s level.&rdquo; Last season, the Eredivisie champion faced a very difficult pool, with the national champions of Germany (Borussia Dortmund), England (Manchester City) and Spain (Real Madrid). In Barcelona, De Boer emphasized how they managed to stay afloat in most of their pool matches. Or, such as was the case against Manchester United, to pull off an upset. &ldquo;We always need to remain true to our own game&rdquo;, De Boer once again emphasized this fundamental for his Ajax players. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s how we did it in the last Champions League rounds. Especially by Borussia Dortmund and the first match against AC Milan, so it worked last year. That&rsquo;s the approach I want to see. I&rsquo;ll be satisfied with that. Of course you know that Lionel Messi and Neymar can force something when they want to. But it&rsquo;s all about reaching your own level. That is, and remains, the most important thing.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Still, De Boer is a realist. The Ajax coach is obviously not blind to the relationships within European club football. De Boer: &ldquo;In the end, it&rsquo;s not so strange to lose to Real Madrid or perhaps to FC Barcelona. That happens to many teams. It's more about how it happens. I think that significant changes have occurred at Ajax in the past seasons. We&rsquo;ve started playing differently in certain areas. But if you&rsquo;re going to lose, then do it the Ajax way.&rdquo; He emphasized afterwards to the Spanish contingent in the press room what he wants to see tomorrow evening: appealing players playing to their own strengths.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Naturally, De Boer and Krkic are signing up for a Celtic-style upset, when the team last year miraculously succeeded in defeating Barcelona. De Boer refuses to make any concessions in terms of how the Catalan club will be played. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not suddenly going to train or play the way Celtic did against Bar&ccedil;a. We need to play according to our own system as much as possible, because that&rsquo;s what we do best. What&rsquo;s important is that we can apply pressure at certain moments, and force them to make mistakes. And subsequently, take advantage of those mistakes. Ajax can and should have respect for this opponent. But we also need to play our own game.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the packed press room at F&uacute;tbol Club Barcelona, De Boer closed the press moment with news that Siem de Jong will start on Wednesday. The captain returned on Saturday against PEC Zwolle (2-1), and will be available as of kick-off. &ldquo;We need to see how long Siem can play for. I&rsquo;m definitely hoping for an hour&rdquo;, said De Boer hopefully.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Text &amp; Pics: - ajaxnl&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3031Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:02:00 +0200Ajax & Downs share the points<div>Ajax Cape Town almost took three points from a game Sundown&rsquo;s at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday evening instead Sundowns scored a fortuitous equalizer to claim a point in a 2-all draw.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors starting line-up contained a number of youngsters that included debutant Bantu Mzwakali, Abbubaker Mobara, Dolly and Petersen.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax started the game in enterprising fashion taking the game to the visitors and it was Eleazar Rodgers who created the first scoring chance of the game. He raced clear of the Sundowns defence chasing a Keagan Dolly pass and chose to pass rather than shoot at goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other end it was Khama Billiat who had a number of shots at goal hit the woodwork or plucked from the air by the Ajax keeper, Petersen.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The opposing teams probed for an opening goal, playing flowing football that had the crowd on their feet for most of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT midfield pairing of Bantu Mzwakali and Abbubaker Mobara held their own against the more experienced Sundowns players. Mzwakali often outplaying his opposite number making telling tackles and finding the gap in the Sundowns defence with well-weighted through balls.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Petersen, in goal for Ajax Cape Town played with gusto that belied his youth, commanding his area with authority keeping his defenders in formation as they kept the Sundowns attack at bay.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just before halftime Manyama and Dolly tormented the Sundowns defence, exchanging short passes as they probed for an opening forcing a foul that resulted in a free-kick in an attacking area. Mzwakali stepped up to take the spot-kick and his shot rattled the cross bar before flying into the stands.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was fireworks in the second half and the fans did not have to wait long for the game&rsquo;s first goal, it came within four minutes of the restart when Bongani Zungu scored with a low shot into the far post</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With Sundowns fans still celebrating in the stands, Dolly intercepted a Sumaila pass and fired a powerful shot past Mweene at the near post to equalise (1-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sundowns threw everything into the attack and Billiat almost reclaimed the lead but once again the woodwork was punished.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town was awarded a penalty when Sundowns defender Alje Schut charged Nathan Paulse off the ball in the 18-yard area, Manyama stepped-up and fired the ball into the back of the net to give Ajax the lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later a rash challenge by Sumaila ended Ernesto&rsquo;s game and the player had to be carried off by concerned Ajax medical staff. He was replaced by Michael Kwong who made his PSL debut last week against Wits.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Within five minutes Sundowns was level when Malajila equalized with a low shot from close range after Petersen efforts to save a downward header was parried back into play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game continued to produce excitement until the final whistle ending in a 2-all draw.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Debutant, Bantu Mzwakali was awarded the ABSA Man of the Match Award.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town starting line-up: Peterson (GK), Isaacs(c), Lolo, Krjauklis, Mokeke, Mobara, Ernesto(sub Kwong 80 mins), Mzwakali (sub Davids 68 mins), Rogers(sub Paulse 46 mins), Manyama and Dolly</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax CT Subs: Paulse, Davids, Alexander, Lebusa, Jaakkola (GK), Kwong, Morris.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3030Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:33:00 +0200Telkom KO draw<div>The draw for the 2013 Telkom Knock-Out Challenge took place on Monday 16 September in Johannesburg.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The last 16 round draw provided some challenging fixtures for all the teams, with a prize of R4 million for the winner. &nbsp;There are no guarantees for any team to progress to the next round making for an interesting cup competition.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The first round of game will kick off on Wednesday October 02 and continue on the weekend of Friday 05 to Sunday 07 October, 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>DRAW</div> <div><strong>Match 1: SuperSport vs Ajax Cape Town</strong></div> <div>Match 2: Bloemfontein Celtic vs Mamelodi Sundowns</div> <div>Match 3: Free State Stars vs AmaZulu</div> <div>Match 4: Bidvest Wits vs Golden Arrows</div> <div>Match 5: Platinum Stars vs Maritzburg United</div> <div>Match 6: Mpumalanga Black Aces vs Orlando Pirates</div> <div>Match 7: Polokwane City vs Kaizer Chiefs</div> <div>Match 8: Moroka Swallows vs University of Pretoria</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3028Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:46:00 +0200Ajax trio race against time<p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town is in a race against time to get their experienced trio of Lance Davids, Thulani Hlatshwayo and Franklin Cale in the starting line-up for the game against Sundowns.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Davids and Cale have missed the start of the new season after picking up injuries during their pre-season training sessions. Hlatshwayo suffered a knock during the Bafana game against Zimbabwe that effectively ruled him out the game against Wits.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Urban Warriors would be keen to field their strongest line-up against a Sundowns outfit that is riding high on the ABSA Premiership standings.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Ajax has been hit by a spate of injuries since the start of the season that prevented Ertugral from fielding his best eleven in his last two games the AjaxCT Head Coach fielded a number of youngsters who acquitted themselves very well culminating in a Man of the Match award for rookie keeper, Brandon Petersen in his first season in the PSL.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>The Urban Warriors have a home field advantage and they will be keen to take full advantage of the local conditions to gain the upper-hand in this important fixture to improve on their PSL log position.&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3027Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:16:00 +0200Ajax v Sundowns preview<div>Ajax Cape Town faces an in-form Mamelodi Sundowns team at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday September 17, kick off is at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While Sundowns have secured two wins in their first three games, AjaxCT will be hoping for a reverse of fortunes as they pursue their first victory of the season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This game always produces goals with 21 goals in the last six games including the high scoring eight-goal draw in 2011.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Key Players in this game for Ajax Cape Town will certainly be fielded in key positions on match day.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral is known to be a tactician and he will certainly keep Sundowns guessing as to the combination and/or formation to be fielded on match day. The AjaxCT coach has yet to field his strongest line-up, however this period also affords him the opportunity to give his fringe players a chance to impress.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Earlier this week Ertugral said, &ldquo;Football is about playing games you need to play games at regular intervals to keep the players in peak form.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I am a competitive person and the two games played in such a short time allow us an opportunity to work on our game and for the players to show their progress in a match situation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Having two games in on week is what I love and it&rsquo;s good for the players.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Match Stats between Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns: -</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Games played - 21, Goals scored - 53 goals, Ajax Cape Town won - 8; drew - 5 and lost - 8.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3026Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:28:00 +0200Ngalande sinks Ajax<div>Ngalande&rsquo;s solitary goal was enough to win the game for Bidvest Wits against Ajax Cape Town at the Bidvest Stadium tonight.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was a tactical affair, played at a fast pace with both teams testing each other&rsquo;s defence in the first half.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits created few chances in the opening minutes of the game and when they did penetrate the Ajax defence they found the Ajax keeper, Brandon Petersen in top form.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax won the first corner of the game but a Wits counter-attack quickly moved the action to the other end of the field resulting in Vilikazi&rsquo;s shot at goal; once again Petersen was well positioned to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Josephs was called into action minutes later when Manyama latched onto a Paulse knock-down, the Wits keeper got down low to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Petersen, buoyed by his early saves made two consecutive saves to keep Wits goalless, first he collected a high ball in to the box from a corner then he made a diving save to collect a low shot at his goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was evenly balanced, dictated by the midfield players who worked tirelessly to nullify each other. Wits were content to play from deep in their own half while Ajax played their passing game to work the ball into the Wits danger zone.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There was a few interesting battles taking place on the field, Pule v Manyama, Benjani v Isaacs and Thato&hellip;Vilikazi v Lolo to name a few.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Vilikazi took the game to Ajax tormenting Lolo on the by-line, stealing past thee Ajax defender on the near side to run at the Ajax goal, Petersen covered his near post to make a double save off Vilikazi and Nhlapo respectively.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits enjoyed most of the possession in the first half to set-up Vilikazi and Nhlapo in and around the Ajax penalty area. Petersen was called into action again; diving low to his left to cover Nhlapo&rsquo;s shot at goal then making a save at near post from Vilikazi, punching the ball wide for a corner.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax used the restart to launch an attack on the Wits goal but Manyama&rsquo;s final pass was too strong for an advancing Rogers to collect, and the ball ran out for a goal-kick.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jenniker replaced Graham at the start of the second half.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits indicated their intention when within minutes of the restart of the second half; Vilikazi taunted Thato before releasing Nhlapo who fired a shot at Petersen who made the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ngalande broke the deadlock when he stole in-between the Ajax defenders to steer the ball past Petersen. The Ajax keeper got his hand to the ball but the shot was ricocheted off his hand into the roof of the net to give Wits a 1-0 lead.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax pressed forward in search of an equaliser, Ernesto&rsquo;s shot hit the side netting then Paulse's header was on target but Josephs made the save, on the other end Petersen came off his line early closing the angle to save off Nhlapo.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The introduction of Keagan Dolly added urgency to the Ajax attack and he immediately made his presence felt when he fired a shot at the Wits goal from 25 metres. The ball swerved as it approached Josephs, forcing the Wits keeper to parry the shot wide of his goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Isaacs earned the Ajax captain a yellow card for his tackle on Benjani.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dolly set-up another Ajax attack, after working the ball down the left flank he played the ball over the Wits defence. Josephs reacted quickly to steal the ball off an advancing Manyama.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With time running out, Mobara stole in behind the Wits defence but could not find the back of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There was a late flurry from both sides, for Wits Josephs hit a long ball forward to his strikers but Thato blocked the final pass in the penalty area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Wits defence looked shaky and a long ball deep into the box found Paulse who headed down for Mobara whose resultant shot was blocked just short of the goal-line</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Three minutes extra time was added, but Ajax could not find an equalizing goal, the game ended 1-0 to Wits.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town will not have long to dwell on this defeat as they only have days to prepare for their game against Sundowns on Tuesday at the Cape Town Stadium.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3018Sat, 14 Sep 2013 00:33:00 +0200Ajax v Wits evenly balanced<div>Ajax Cape Town plays Bidvest Wits in only their third game of the 2013/2014 ABSA Premiership season and the game could not have come at a more crucial time for the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax have only played two games in two months leading up to this match, with game time sparse the Ajax coach is more than happy to play Wits on Friday and Sundowns on Tuesday next week.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The stats show that Ajax and Wits are evenly matched with two wins each in the last six games and two draw results to complete the set.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game on Friday evening has a new dynamic with new signings keen to impress in both squads.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits captured the secured the signature of Gavin Hunt to lead the team this season. They have also signed a number of high profile players ahead of the new season amongst whom the likes of Moeneeb Josephs, Musa Bilankulu, Benjani Mwaruwari and Matthew Booth head the list.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In Cape Town Muhsin Ertugral has gone about his business quietly, preparing his team for the new season adding experience to his young squad; bringing in Nathan Paulse, Franklin Cale, Anssi Jaakkola, Ritus Krjauklis, Eleazar Rogers, Stelio Ernesto and Dominic Isaacs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral said, &ldquo;To play Wits and Sundowns with-in a few days is great, I am a competitive person, the two games played in such a short time allows us an opportunity to work on our game and for the players to show their progress in a match situation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Having two games in on week is what I love and it&rsquo;s good for the players.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3017Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:55:00 +0200Ertugral itching to get back to the action<p>Muhsin Ertugral is keen to get his team's PSL campaign back on track after a long layoff.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Ajax Cape Town Coach told a press conference that the next two games could not come sooner. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">He said, &ldquo;I am itching to get my players back into a competitive football. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s been two weeks since our last game and the players can&rsquo;t wait to play against Wits and Sundowns.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The game against Amazulu was my first loss since I returned to Ajax Cape Town and I hear comments like Ajax played their worst game ever against Amazulu. I don&rsquo;t blame anyone; we conceded two goals that should never have been conceded. I have spoken with the players and we have discussed the issues. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">That is the biggest problem we face is that we are playing a few games to far apart, until now we have played only two games in two months not an ideal start to the season.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I think the loss against Amazulu has given everyone a wake-up call, we were a bit overconfident and now we get our feet back on the ground looking forward to the next game. We need knuckle down and work hard to get the results.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>Ajax Cape Town plays Bidvest Wits on Friday 13<sup>th</sup> September 2013 at the Bidvest Stadium followed by another game against Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday 17<sup>th</sup> September at the Cape Town Stadium.&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3016Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:51:00 +0200Anssi & Ritus unveiled<div>Ajax Cape Town unveiled new signings Anssi Jaakkola and Ritus Krjauklis at a press conference held at Jeep, Century City on Wednesday.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The club concluded the signing Ritus Krjauklis (defender) and Anssi Jaakkola (goalkeeper) in August however the players were unavailable for their introduction to the local media at the time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral introduced the pair to the media saying, &ldquo;I am very happy to have Anssi and Ritus at Ikamva. Hopefully the paperwork is completed in time for them to play this weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I was informed of Anssi&rsquo;s availability during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013 and after initial enquiries we decided to invite him to Ikamva.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He is such a talented goalkeeper and we happy to have him in the squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ritus played with me at Golden Arrows and he is an international from Latvia who can play at a number of positions from central defence to a midfield position.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ritus will don the number four jersey and Anssi will wear the number 32.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3015Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:48:00 +0200Mobara wins a Jeep 4x4 Adventure<div>Abbubaker Mobara played the game of his life when he started the first home game for Ajax Cape Town against Amazulu, and what made his performance special was that Mobara did not play in his customary defensive position but in a central midfield position alongside Travis Graham.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His performance on the night won him the coveted Jeep Man of the Match Award, his prize: - a Jeep 4x4 Adventure &ndash; Living without limits!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Jeep 4x4 Adventure includes one of the regular Introductory 4x4 Training Sessions in a Jeep Wrangler. The training adventure takes place at Century City along the Jeep Adventure Track.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Track is set-up to take the driver through all the various obstacles normally experienced on a 4x4 route; sand, mud, water, rocks, ascents and descents, articulation and roll over angles. Mobara will be provided a Jeep Wrangler to cover the course.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jeeps hosts training sessions on Saturday Mornings from 10am to 12.30pm or Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 4.30pm.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If the winner has no Driver&rsquo;s Licence then he will be driven by Craig Parsons, an accredited 4x4 driving instructor through the Jeep Adventure Track.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3014Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:14:00 +0200Ajax Injury update<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Head of Medical Philip du Plessis is one of only a few who are thankful for the long breaks in the Ajax Cape Town ABSA Premiership fixture list as it gives his medical team time to clear the injury list at Ikamva.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite only playing two league games to date the injury list at Ikamva is quite an extensive one. A number of the players picked up niggling injuries at training.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Against Amazulu both Travis and Toriq were substituted in the game after succumbing to knocks received in the game. Travis has recovered and resumed training within days.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Toriq Losper and Koen van de Laak underwent surgery after suffering an injury to a meniscus.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Players expected to back in full training are Lance Davids and Granwald Scott, the pair suffered niggling injuries at training, and Lance sustained a bruised bone injury after a heavy tackle while Scott left the training field with a tight muscle.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The pair will be joining their teammates on the field this week.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eleazar received a blow to his face in a recent game, the cut was stitched up and he resumed training.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nhlanhla Shabalala suffered an ankle injury at training and is expected to be in the treatment room for a month, meanwhile Matthew Rowel has started rehab after suffering a foot injury, and both players are responding well to the treatment and could be ready for action sooner.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Two players remain on the long-term injury list they are Nazeer Allie and Ndumiso Vezi.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Vezi is still receiving treatment for injuries sustained in a car accident late last year. He is expected to return to training in April 2014 while Allie&rsquo;s return to training is set for December 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Du Plessis said, &ldquo;I know that the long breaks in the football calendar are not good for the continuity of our game however the break in fixtures allowed the Ajax Cape Town medical team the time to complete the rehabilitation program of the injured players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The coach insists that players returning to training are 100% clear of their injuries and we are using the time to ensure his instruction is implemented.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3013Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:25:00 +0200Good to be back - Serero<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:EN-ZA">Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Thulani Serero is happy to be back in the Bafana Bafana squad and hoping to impress.<br /> <!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: 9.75pt"><span style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:EN-ZA">The 23-year-old has not been part of Gordon Igesund&rsquo;s side since the Africa Cup of Nations at the start of the year due to injuries.<br /> <br /> However, he has since regained his fitness and has already made three appearances for his club in the Dutch Eredivisie.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s good to be back,&rdquo; said Serero.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: 9.75pt"><span style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:EN-ZA">&ldquo;I think this season is different compared to last season where I started well, got injured and then I didn&rsquo;t play that much.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s looking good this season because I&rsquo;ve already played my first 90 minutes, I also spoke to the coach and I have his confidence; the most important thing now is not getting injured.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The former Ajax Cape Town midfielder says although he has not had as much game time as he would&rsquo;ve wanted since moving to Amsterdam in 2011, he believes the past two years have helped his growth as a player.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m more matured now and I&rsquo;ve learnt a lot in the past two years,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m a much better player now and I&rsquo;ve learnt to do some defensive work as well in the Eredivisie.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Serero also spoke about compatriot Kamohelo Mokotjo, who has had a brilliant start with his club PEC Zwolle, scoring two goals in five appearances.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He&rsquo;s been very good,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;They are on top of the league and he&rsquo;s also playing a big role in his team.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;line-height:9.75pt"><span style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:EN-ZA">He&rsquo;s doing very well for himself and his team and it&rsquo;s a good thing for the country.&rdquo;<br /> <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: 9.75pt"><span style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-language:EN-ZA">Serero will now look to help Bafana Bafana secure a much-needed win when they face Botswana on Saturday and he believes the fact that the Zebras are also in need of victory is a positive thing.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think an open game will suit us best because we have the players who can do that,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;They also have a very good team because when we played them in Botswana they gave us problems.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re expecting the same thing but I think we&rsquo;ll be well-prepared and we have a lot of quality players in the team.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3012Fri, 06 Sep 2013 13:49:00 +0200Ajax Experience Holiday Clinics in September<p class="MsoNormal">Come and enjoy an Ajax Experience at the September 2013 Holiday Clinics.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Is your child bored at home? Then the Ajax Cape Town Coaching Clinics is the ideal place for your child to release all that energy and enjoy themselves in a safe environment.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The coaches of the Ajax Cape Town coaching clinics are all members of the Ajax Cape Town staff and they work with children on a daily basis at local schools as part of the Ajax Cape Town Community Scheme.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Since the start of the Ajax holiday clinics program the number of boys and girls attending the Ajax Cape Town Holiday Clinics increased tremendously over the years. The experience is such that they return for successive holiday clinics annually.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Ajax Cape Town Holiday Clinics at Ikamva affords all the participants an exclusive Ajax Experience at a world class football facility; they will enjoy the advantages only afforded to Ajax Cape Town players giving them a sneak view of what life is like as an Ajax Cape Town football player.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The kids at the holiday clinic will be divided into teams and each team is allocated their own Ajax Cape Town kit, dressing room and training equipment. During the training session they are put through their training drills by the Ajax Community coaches who are adept at working with young players.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Holiday Coach clinic is held over two days for each age group and the players will even get to meet the professional players of Ajax Cape Town who train on an adjacent field.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">At the end of each coaching clinic each child will receive an Ajax goodie pack at the end of the coaching clinic and a lucky draw will take place with prizes for the kids and some lucky parents.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><u>Clinic details:<o:p></o:p></u><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Age Group:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6 -10 year old:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Monday, 23<sup>rd</sup> &amp; Wednesday, 25<sup>th</sup> September 2013<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Age Group:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 10 - 15 year old:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thursday, 26<sup>th</sup> &amp; Friday, 27<sup>th</sup> September 2013<o:p></o:p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Time:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 09h00 to 15h00 <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Venue:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ikamva, Parow<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Cost:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;R 280.00 per child <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">On the 2nd day the parents &amp; children who participated congregate in the restaurant and each child who participated will be presented&nbsp;with a certificate and goodie bag.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Each child must please bring their own soccer boots (if they don't have boots then takkies will do) &amp; shin guards (if they have).<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We will provide fruit and juice for their mid-morning break as well as lunch.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">To register, parents/ guardians must please complete the registration form available from nuraani@ajaxct.co.za.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Please be advised that we only have 100 places available per clinic, therefore Pre-booking is essential &ndash; please note that no bookings can be made on the day. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Registration for the September Holiday Clinics closes on <b>Friday, 20<sup>th</sup> September at 15h00</b>.&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3004Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:51:00 +0200Last five days for Season Ticket offer<div>It&rsquo;s the last five days of the Ajax Cape Town, Blue and Red Stand Season ticket offer that guarantee&rsquo;s a seat at all Ajax Cape Town home league games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town introduced the Season Ticket packages for the Blue Stand in Block 101 last season and at the request of the AjaxCT Fanatics in the Red Stand, Block 116 the club extended the offer to include the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Season Ticket offer ends on Friday 06 September, 2013 and all Ajax Cape Town fans, the Urban Warriors are urged to take up the special offer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The prices are as follows;</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Blue Stand &ndash; Block 101 - 15 PSL League Games Priced at R 900 (Value &ndash; R1 200)</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Red Stand &ndash; Block 116 &ndash; 15 PSL League Games Priced at R 600 (Value - R900)</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Secure seating on the halfway line&nbsp;</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Terms and Conditions apply</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For further enquiries / site visit please feel free to contact: - dionm@ajaxct.co.za &nbsp;or (021) 930 6002 &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3003Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:43:00 +0200Claasen and Serero excel<div>Two ex-Ajax Cape Town players made the headlines for their respective clubs; Lech Poznan and Ajax Amsterdam at the weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Daylon Claasen made a huge impression at his new club when he scored the winning goal in a five goal thriller. Playing a man short and under pressure for most of the game, Claasen helped his team to the win against all-odds.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Meanwhile in Holland Thulani Serero grabbed limelight with a Man of the Match award winning performance against FC Groningen.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Serero was handed a starting berth after Eriksonn completed his move to Spurs and he did not disappoint earning praise from his coach, Frank de Boer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Serero played the full 90 minutes for Ajax Amsterdam as they were held to a 1-1 draw.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3002Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:18:00 +0200We will improve - Ertugral<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s coach Muhsin Ertugral praised his players after yesterday&rsquo;s game despite the defeat at the hands of Amazulu.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax CT coach said, &ldquo;We gave the youngsters an opportunity to play today.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We played two 19 year-old players in the centre of the park and they did very well. Graham and Mobara held their own against more experienced opposition.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You could see they are making progress but they need more game time on the park, to improve their play.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Give us a couple of games, we have our more experienced players returning from injury and the new players will be available to play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lance, Scott, and van de Laak are all expected to return to action soon and with the new signings Ernesto, Anssi and Ritus in Cape Town we will get better. Rodgers already made his Ajax debut today however he still needs time to adjust to playing with his new teammates.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The team will improve!&quot; concluded Ertugral.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3001Mon, 02 Sep 2013 16:31:00 +0200Amazulu beat Ajax <div>Amazulu beat Ajax Cape Town 2-1 at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The visitors enjoyed most of the possession in the first half and they made it count when Cecil Lolo turned a defensive header into his own net under pressure from the Amazulu attack.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT went in search of an equaliser and almost succeeded but for the efforts of Kapini, in goal for Amazulu. Toriq Losper found space inside the penalty area but he could not get the ball past the Amazulu keeper who closed the angle and made the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other end of the pitch, Amazulu created an opening with Ayanda Dlamini testing the Ajax defence. &nbsp;Ajax was forced to make their first substitution when Dolly replaced Losper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There was more drama as Amazulu appealed for a penalty after Thulani Hlatshwayo challenged Ndulula for the ball; the match official waved-away the appeal. Hlatshwayo won the ball to set-up the Ajax counter-attack.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eleazar Rodgers, playing his first game for Ajax made some telling touches but could not break through the Amazulu defence, and when he did find the space his header scrapped the wrong side of the cross-bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The visitors added a second goal in the opening minutes of the second half when the AjaxCT defence allowed Nyadombo to sneak-inn at the far-post to score.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Halfway through the second-half the Ajax coach Ertugral replaced Graham with Alexander and Rodgers with Paulse.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors found their rhythm and it was Amazulu who defended in numbers, relying on the counter-attack to relieve the Ajax pressure.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax continued to probe for and opening and Nathan Paulse found the back of the net in the 90th minute when he scored with a diving header at the far post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s next PSL game takes place on Friday, September 13, against Wits at the Bidvest Wits Stadium in Johannesburg.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=3000Sun, 01 Sep 2013 19:47:00 +0200Ajax v Amazulu preview<p>&nbsp;Ajax Cape Town will have their first home Absa Premiership match of the season against AmaZulu at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday, 01 September 2013, kick-off at 15h00.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>Ajax&rsquo;s opening match of the league campaign saw them play to a 1-1 draw away to Golden Arrows.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">The Cape side has not been in action for a month, with their scheduled match against Orlando Pirates having been postponed. Their next three league matches are against Bidvest Wits (away), Mamelodi Sundowns (home) and Polokwane City (away).<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">The Urban Warriors are placed 12<sup>th</sup> on the Absa Premiership log with one point from as many matches.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">In midweek, AmaZulu fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to promoted side Mpumalanga Black Aces. The Durban club began the season with a 1-0 win away to Orlando Pirates and will hope for another good performance on the road.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Their next three league fixtures are against Moroka Swallows (home), Bidvest Wits (away) and SuperSport United (home). Usuthu are placed sixth on the Absa Premiership log with three points from two matches.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">In head-to-head stats, Ajax and AmaZulu have met in 20 league matches since 1999/2000.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">The Urban Warriors have claimed 11 wins compared to five for Usuthu, while just four matches have been drawn.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Three of those draws have taken place in home matches for Ajax, all of them goalless and within the last five seasons. The Cape side has won six of their 10 home matches while suffering just one defeat.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>Last season the Urban Warriors took four points off Usuthu, winning 1-0 in Durban before drawing 0-0 in the return match.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Kick-Off is at 15h00 on Sunday September 01 at the Cape Town Stadium. Gates open at 13h00 and Tickets are available at all Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers outlets. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Text: Backpage text<o:p></o:p></p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2999Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:35:00 +0200New signings unveiled<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that the club has concluded the signing Ritus Krjauklis (defender) and Anssi Jaakkola (goalkeeper).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Muhsin Ertugral, the Ajax Cape Town coach announced the completion of the deals at a press conference held at Ikamva on Thursday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Krjauklis last played for Golden Arrows under Ertugral during his time at Abafana Bes&rsquo;thende.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He made 15 starts for Arrows in the 2012/13 season and his debut for AjaxCT against Amazulu on Sunday is subject to the granting of his work permit and PSL registration card.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jaakkola is a Finnish goalkeeper who played for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League until the end of last season. Anssi is a free agent and is expected in Cape Town soon to take his place in the Ajax Cape Town squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors also introduced Eleazar Rodgers and Ernesto to the media at Thursday&rsquo;s press conference.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2998Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:13:00 +0200Jaakkola offered a contract<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that the club has offered Finnish goalkeeper, Anssi Jaakkola a contract.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Anssi arrived at Ikamva last week and trained at Ikamva.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou said, &ldquo;We have entered into negotiations and offered Anssi a contract. The player has returned to his home town to discuss the transfer with his family.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jaakkola last played for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League until the end of last season when his contract expired. Anssi is a free agent and he is expected to inform the club of his decision soon.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2996Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:31:00 +0200Ajax pair selected for Bafana<div>Ajax Cape Town is proud to announce that Thulani Hlatshwayo and Lebogang Manyama have been selected in the Bafana squad to play Zimbabwe on September 10, 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town pair was selected for Bafana&rsquo;s last three games; the COSAFA Cup third/fourth play-off against Lesotho, Bafana won that game 2-1. They also featured in Bafana&rsquo;s 2-0 loss against Nigeria on August 14th and Bafana&rsquo;s 2-0 win over Burkina Faso on Saturday August 17th. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>SQUAD FOR ZIMBABWE</strong></div> <div><strong>Goalkeepers:</strong> Itumeleng Khune, Wayne Sandilands, Darren Keet</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Defenders:</strong> Eric Mathoho, Tshepo Gumede, Thabo Nthethe, Tsepo Masilela, Buhle Mkhwanazi, <strong>Thulani Hlatshwayo</strong>, Marc van Heerden</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Midfielders:</strong> Hlompho Kekana, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Thuso Phala, Siphiwe Tshabalala, David Mathebula, <strong>Lebogang Manyama,</strong> Ruzaigh Gamildien, Lerato Chabangu, Luyolo Nomandela</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Forwards:</strong> Bernard Parker, Siphelele Mthembu, Kermit Erasmus</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2995Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:20:00 +0200Ernesto signs for Ajax<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that the club has signed Mozambican international, Stelio Marcelino Ernesto (Telinho).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ernesto is a winger who played for Mu&ccedil;ulmana Maputo in Mozambique and was on loan to A. Naval 1&deg; Maio in Portugal&rsquo;s Segunda Liga, A number of club&rsquo;s were after his signature however the player chose Ajax Cape Town and arrived at Ikamva last week.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The player will be unveiled at a Press Conference later this week and if all the paperwork is completed by the weekend he could make his Ajax Cape Town debut against Amazulu on Sunday September 01, 2013. Kick-Off is at 15h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2994Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:44:00 +02002013 Engen KO Champions<div>Ajax Cape Town beat a determined ASD Cape Town 4-3 on penalties to clinch the Engen Knock-Out Challenge title for a record sixth time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors started the game in control of the game, camped in the ASD half of the field for most of the first half. A resolute ASD defence kept the game goalless and the ASD keeper made two great saves off Ziyaad Eksteen&rsquo;s free-kicks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game opened-up in the second half as ASD used their passing game to make in-roads into the AjaxCT half of the field. Rivaldo Coetzee and Ayabulela Magqwaka marshalled their defence well and when ASD broke through, Jody February was alert to avert the danger.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game ended goalless resulting in a penalty shoot-out to determine the tournament winner.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jody February, the Ajax Cape Town keeper showed character when he saved two ASD penalties.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He saved the first kick of the penalty shootout. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Then with the scores tied at 2-all, February saved a retake after the referee adjudged him to have moved before the ball kicked during the fourth penalty kick.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shaquille Abrahams scored his penalty to signal the start of the celebrations.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Jody February won the Goalkeeper of the Tournament Award.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT captain Rivaldo Coetzee won the Defender and Player of the Tournament Awards.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2987Sun, 25 Aug 2013 19:24:00 +0200AjaxCT on track in Engen KO<p>Ajax Cape Town is on track in their quest to win the 2013 Engen Knock-Out Challenge tournament at the William Sports ground this weekend.</p> <p>Their campaign kicked-off with a win on Friday evening when they beat Vasco da Gama 1-0. It was a tough game with both teams fight for possession of the ball in all areas of the field.</p> <p>Darren Smith scored the only goal of the game as early as the fourth minute and AjaxCT weathered a late come-back from Vasco to hold onto the win.</p> <p>The Urban Warriors played Cape United at 09h30 and Kuils Rivers at 11h30 on Saturday morning.</p> <p>AjaxCT rallied to beat Cape United 1-0 in the early game. It was another tough game with United content to play deep just in front of their penalty area holding-out for a point from this game. Ajax created a few scoring opportunities but the United keeper stood firm to keep a clean sheet in the first half.</p> <p>Ziyaad Eksteen tested the keeper with a long range shot before he broke the deadlock with a low shot that hit the back of the net at the near post. Ajax held onto their 1-0 lead to register their second win of the tournament.</p> <p>At 11h30, the Urban Warriors played Kuils River FC. Quien Paulse scored for AjaxCT within minutes of the start, the fans hardly settled back into their seats when Jason Britz added a second.</p> <p>Darren Smith added his name to the score sheet as AjaxCT ran riot. Smith added his second before substitute Justin Jacobus hot the back of the net to make the score 5-0.</p> <p>Jason Britz completed his hat-trick with two late goals to give AjaxCT a 7-0 win.</p> <p>Ajax Cape Town played Kenpark FC in the Quarter-final of the Engen Knock-Out Challenge.</p> <p>Kenpark held their own against AjaxCT until Darren Smith broke the deadlock to give AjaxCT a 1-0 lead. Shaquille Abrahams made it 2-0 in the second half. The Urban Warriors controlled the game from the start and held on to win a place in the semi-final.</p> <p>Engen U17 Knock-Out Challenge semi-final fixtures for Sunday 25 August, with kick-off at 10:30:&nbsp;</p> <p>Ajax Cape Town vs. Cape UTD</p> <p>ASD Cape Town vs. Bishop Laves</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2986Sun, 25 Aug 2013 00:03:00 +0200Ajax beat Vasco in Engen KO<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s U17 team started the defence of their Engen Knock-Out Challenge title with a 1-0 win against Vasco da Gama at the William Herbert Sports Complex in Wynberg.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Darren Smith scored the game&rsquo;s only goal in the fourth minute of the game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the first half the Urban Warriors took the game to Vasco, enjoying most of the possession but unfortunately they could not find the back of the Vasco net for the second time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Vasco fought back in the second half with AjaxCT content to defend their lead and attack on the counter. &nbsp;The Ajax CT defence was breached on three occasions but Jody February in goal for Ajax Cape Town, was alert and collected the ball ahead of the Vasco attack.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Keethan Claasen of Ajax Cape Town was shown a yellow card late in the second half for unsportsmanlike conduct.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town held onto their 1-0 lead until the final whistle to register their first win of the 2013 Engen Knock-Out Challenge tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday's Engen Knock-Out Challenge fixtures for Ajax Cape Town are:&nbsp;</div> <div>09h30 v Cape Utd, Field C</div> <div>11h30 v Kuils River, Field A</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2985Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:12:00 +0200Hospitality Packages<div>Come and join the Urban Warriors on Match Day at the Cape Town Stadium!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town Hospitality Packages 2013/2014</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Packages on offer include;</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>20 x Seats</div> <div>10 x VIP Parking Bays</div> <div>Barman/Waiter</div> <div>Meals Included</div> <div>Beverages not included</div> <div>Bar Tab available on request</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Bar requirements can be arranged specific to your budget</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>All prices exclude VAT.</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Suite payment must be made 7 days prior to the 1st match of package selected</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Beverage payment must be made 5 days prior to the 1st match of package selected.</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Tourist Packages also available on request.</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Fixtures are available at ajaxct.com.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <div><strong>Number of Games<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Silver<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Gold<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Discount</strong></div> <div>Packages<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>(Silver<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Gold)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>1 Game<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>R10 800 excl<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>R13 000 excl<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>&nbsp;0%<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>0%</div> <div>2 Games<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>R 9 000 excl<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>R10 400 excl<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>17%<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>20%</div> <div>3-6 Games<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>R 8 400 excl<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>R 9 800 excl<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>22%<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>25%</div> <div>7+ Games<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>R 7 500 excl<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>R 8 600 excl<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>31%<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>34%</div> <div>(Prices per game)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>URBAN WARRIOR SUITE</strong> &ndash; this suite is on Level 2 (podium level) directly behind the media area on the main grandstand, creates a private area behind closed doors for entertaining your staff / clients from a minimum of 75 people to a maximum of 100 people.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This allows any company with staff of 75 people or more to entertain / incentivise your staff at a reasonable cost.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>It is encouraged that you bring as much company branding as you want to make this area as pleasing as possible, d&eacute;cor furniture can be arranged /discussed. You create your own beverages choice / budget &nbsp;&ndash; why not see this as a possible <strong>Year-end function</strong> incorporating &nbsp;soccer entertainment as well as food and beverages all in one safe area .&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span><strong>We in fact have 2 games in December and both are on a Friday night &ndash; absolutely ideal for a Year-End funtion</strong>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This area includes the following;</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Stadium parking 4:1 ratio&nbsp;</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Food &ndash; 2 options of snacks &ndash;Silver / Gold</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Seats on the grand stand</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Barman &ndash; specific bar requirements can be arranged or even a bar tab as required ( very flexible )</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>R150 or &nbsp;R200 per person excl. VAT/ BEVERAGES</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Any additional requirements can be accommodated by special arrangement.</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>CHOOSE ANY PACKAGE ABOVE FOR THE GAMES ON OFFER, MEALS INCLUDED!!!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>COMPANY TICKET &nbsp;SPECIAL ( 25% DISCOUNT - normal price R60 ea )&nbsp;</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>MINIMUM of 25 tickets to be purchased &ndash; &nbsp;only at AJAX OFFICES no individuals can purchase these - only COMPANY&rsquo;S WILL BE INVOICED OUT DIRECTLY.</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Pay R1125 = 25 tickets or</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Pay R1875 = 25x tickets &nbsp;PLUS 25x flags&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Season Tickets - Offer valid until 6th September, 2013</strong></div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Blue Stand &ndash; Block 101 - 15 PSL League Games Priced at R 900 (Value &ndash; R1 200)</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Red Stand &ndash; Block 116 &ndash; 15 PSL League Games Priced at R 600 (Value - R900)</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Secure seating on the halfway line&nbsp;</div> <div>o<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Terms and Conditions apply</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For further enquiries/site visit please feel free to contact: -&nbsp;</div> <div>dionm@ajaxct.co.za &nbsp;or (021) 930 6002 &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2984Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:50:00 +0200AjaxCT aim for record 6th title<div>Maahier Davids is upbeat about his team&rsquo;s chances of winning a record sixth Engen Knock-Out Challenge title at the weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Engen Knock-Out Challenge kick-off their tenth year anniversary at the William Herbert Sports Complex in Wynberg this weekend. The next three days of football action will see 16 of Cape Town&rsquo;s best U17 team&rsquo;s battle for the Engen Knock-Out Challenge title.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Davids said, &ldquo;Preparations has been gone well, the postponement of the tournament due to bad weather has helped get the team as it gave us more time to work with the boys, so we used it as best we can.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As for the team itself we have selected all our best U17 boys, so we going into the tournament with our strongest possible squad. A lot of the players selected are play in the U19 Reserve team squad and they were also part of Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s squad that won the recent Metropolitan Premier Cup and the Copa Amsterdam tournaments.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But having said that, it&rsquo;s a new challenge and a new tournament!&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our main focus the game against Vasco as this is the most important game for us. After that game we will be able to measure our performance and then set our sights on our next opposition, Cape United and Kuils River FC (Saturday).&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town fixtures for the Engen Knock-Out Challenge:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Friday, 23 August 2013&nbsp;</div> <div>19h20 - Ajax Cape Town v Vasco da Gama</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday, 24 August 2013</div> <div>09h30 &ndash; Ajax Cape Town v Cape United FC</div> <div>11h30 &ndash; Ajax Cape Town v Kuils River FC</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Knock-Out Stage of the tournament will be played from 14h30 &ndash; 15h30 on Saturday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sunday&rsquo;s fixtures kick-off at 09h30 with the final starting at 15h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2983Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:13:00 +0200Twala and Ernesto on trial<p class="MsoNormal">Ajax Cape Town can confirm that Mozambican winger Stelio Marcelino Ernesto and midfielder Bongane Twala of Swallows is training at Ikamva.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Twala, a former Mpumalanga Black Aces and Mamelodi Sundowns man started training with the Urban Warriors this week hoping to impress the AjaxCT technical team in order to seal a move to the Cape. Bongani last played for Moroka Swalows making just 12 appearances since 2011.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The other player training at Ikamva is Stelio Marcelino Ernesto (Telinho). Ernesto is a winger and played for Mu&ccedil;ulmana Maputo <span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-latin;border:none windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:none windowtext 0cm;padding:0cm;mso-fareast-language:EN-ZA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">in </span>Mozambique. <o:p></o:p></p> <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; background-color: white; line-height: 12.75pt; text-align: justify;">Ajax PRO, Shooz Mekuto said, &ldquo;We are in the process of getting his paperwork in order before the transfer window closes.&rdquo;</span>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2982Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:58:00 +0200Eleazar talks to ajaxct.com<div>Eleazar Rodgers arrived at Ikamva on Tuesday morning after weeks of indecision regarding his return to Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rodgers loan to Ajax Cape Town was part of the agreement that saw Khama Billiat making the reverse move to Mamelodi Sundowns.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eleazar said, &ldquo;It was a tough decision to come to Cape Town because I has settled in Pretoria and needed to relocate again leaving loved ones behind in Gauteng. In terms of the football, Ajax Cape Town is a good team and club to play for.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I very happy to be here and I want to do my best to make the team proud and obviously do my best on the field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>First of all I would like to gel with the players and get used to how they do things.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If I do well and score goals we can have a better season that last year. I have been in that situation like that before and I am sure that if I continue to score goals the team will do well.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2981Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:39:00 +0200Efstathiou fuming with latest postponement<div>Ajax Cape Town Executive Director, Ari Efstathiou is extremely unhappy with the state of affairs relating the latest postponement of the Ajax Cape Town v Orlando Pirates fixture.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was postponed for the third time this month; it was originally scheduled for August 17 before it was moved to the August 20th due to Pirate&rsquo;s participation in the CAF tournament; then after Pirates progressed to the MTN8 semi-final we were informed that the game against Chiefs would be played on 21 August so our game was postponed.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fixture against Pirates was then moved to August 27th. We were informed a couple of days later that due to the nature of the semi-final, being a grade A game, it could not be played on the 21st. Surely this was known to the PSL prior to cancelling our fixture against Pirates scheduled for the 20th. We were then informed that the match was set down for the 27th which we agreed to only to be informed today that the game would be postponed once again indefinitely. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Efstathiou also confirmed that with the latest postponement, Ajax Cape Town was informed outside of the prescribed period as set out by the PSL, which is 5 working days.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We were lead to believe that Pirates may have a problem relating to their Champions League game in Egypt. We understand their position; however we have not been furnished with details as to their attempts to re arrange their fixture with CAF.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The reality is that Ajax Cape Town will not play a game in four weeks. The Urban Warriors will be idle &nbsp;without playing a competitive game since August 3rd and will only play again on Sunday, September 1st , that&rsquo;s two games four weeks apart followed by the Wits fixture (Sept 13th) and the Sundowns fixture (25th Sept).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have another break of one month before we play Free State Stars on Oct 23rd and three days later we face the University of Pretoria.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are not happy with the state of affairs and the club has expressed their dissatisfaction to the league.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s extremely disappointing to find ourselves in this situation; we are a professional club playing in a professional league. We invest time and resources to ensure that we honour our fixtures in a professional and efficient manner and cannot allow situations like what has transpired to continue&rdquo; Efstathiou concluded.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2980Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:30:00 +0200AjaxCT v Pirates postponed<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that their game against Orlando Pirates scheduled for August 27, 2013 has been postponed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the AjaxCt PRO said, &ldquo;We were informed today that the Ajax v Pirates fixture scheduled &nbsp;for Tuesday August 27, 2013 has been postponed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will wait on the PSL to inform us of the new date for this fixture.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our first home game for this season will now be against Amazulu on Sunday, September 01 with kick-off scheduled for 15h00 at the Cape Town Stadium.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2978Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:32:00 +0200Teams gear-up for Engen KO Challenge<div>Teams gear up for battle in search of the Knockout Challenge Champions title</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cape Town, August 2013. The 10th anniversary of the Engen Knockout Challenge kicks off with young hopefuls from 16 teams across Cape Town who will make their way to William Herbert Sports Complex. The teams will go head-to-head in search of being crowned the 2013 Engen Knockout Challenge Champions.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The challenge will take place from 23 August through to 25 August, 2013 where qualifying Under 17 hopefuls will participate under the direction of Tournament Director &ndash; Gilbert Kruger. The weekend again promises to deliver top quality football as 320 possible young men do battle for honour and recognition. The &ldquo;field of dreams&rdquo; will no doubt attract scouts from across the country in search of their next Football superstar. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In celebration of 10 years of developing young South African football stars, one player per region from non-professional clubs will be selected and flown up to participate in an Engen sponsored High Performance Programme at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During their three day stay at the centre, they will experience what it is like to live the life of a professional footballer. The dedicated programme will include activities such as Sport Science Training, Technical sessions, bleep tests, psychology talks and many other sports related activities that will benefit their growth as talented young footballers. Engen &ldquo;With a proud and positive history in &ldquo;the Beautiful Game&rdquo;, Engen is proud and excited to be able to afford five players from around the country with the opportunity to advance their sporting career. We look forward to many more years of competition, development and growth of youth football in the country.&rdquo; Said Brad Bergh &ndash; Engen Group Sponsorship Manager.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Once again, National Selector Duncan Crowie along with his technical team will be at every game to evaluate the competition. &ldquo;We are always excited to attend tournaments of this nature and witness the depth of talent out there&rdquo; he commented.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2977Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:40:00 +0200Latest Updates from Ikamva<div>Khama Billiat has finally sealed his move to Pretoria after agreeing toi terms offered by Sundowns.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His transfer was completed on Monday with Eleazar Rodgers making the return trip to Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rodgers is expected to arrive at Ikamva on Tuesday to meet his new teammates.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that Cole Alexander&rsquo;s was registered by the club.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There was a lot of speculation regarding the future of the diminutive midfielder but he did enough to convince the AjaxCT technical staff of his quality. Alexander spent last season on-loan to Chippa United.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last week the Urban Warriors confirmed that George Akpabio will be making a move to Chippa United and the transfer was completed after the player and Chippa United agreed to the terms on the table.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2976Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:39:00 +0200Billiat deal done<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm the transfer of Khama Billiat to Mamelodi Sundowns has been concluded after being re-instated by Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou, Director of Ajax Cape Town said, &ldquo;Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns re-engaged and agreed to re-instate the terms of the agreement between the parties involved.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Khama has agreed to the personal terms offered by Sundowns and as a result Eleazar Rogers will be reporting to Ikamva tomorrow morning.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2975Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:17:00 +0200Petersen: I was ready<p>Brandon Peterson impressed in his PSL debut for Ajax Cape Town and he now faces the daunting challenge of coming up against his childhood club Orlando Pirates.&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The goalkeeper, who was only promoted from the youth academy last month, surprised all with his solid display for the Urban Warriors in their 1-1 draw to Golden Arrows on the opening day of the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Peterson sat down with MTNFootball where he discussed his debut for Ajax and the up and coming match against the Buccaneers next Tuesday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Was I expecting to start against Arrows? The night before the game, where we had the team talk, the coach asked me if I was ready and I said: &lsquo;yes coach, I am ready&rsquo;.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He told me: &lsquo;you know what, I am going to do something crazy and throw my tickets in&rsquo;,&rdquo; he said with a grin on his face.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;He and the goalkeeper coach [Sander Westerveld] then told me I would be in the starting line-up.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;In the first ten minutes I was nervous. I tried to calm myself, I played my normal game and I did well.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It was a great confidence booster [to start], especially to be chosen when there are two other &lsquo;keepers there,&rdquo; he continued.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;To start as the number one- it is a great feeling to have. I will carry that through my whole career now.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Next up for the 19-year-old will be Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium, August 20, and he is relishing the challenge that awaits him.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Against Pirates, [Kaizer] Chiefs and SuperSport, those are the big games,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;The support of the crowd will be good. The preparation will be key- we are looking forward to it.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Most of the Pirates players have been in the PSL longer than me. In the end, if you set your mind to it and give it your 100%, nothing can go wrong.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Peterson concluded by mentioning that his inspiration as a player comes from the recently departed Bucs goalkeeper, Moeneeb Josephs, who now plies his trade at Bidvest Wits</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;When he is in Cape Town we spend some time together.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For me, he is a great goalkeeper and with all the things he went through, that is really inspiring. I look up to him.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTN Football</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2974Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:46:00 +0200Kwong inspired by teammates<div>Ajax Cape Town youth product, Michael Kwong, says he is taking inspiration from Travis Graham and Keegan Dolly as he makes the step up to the first team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The midfielder was one of five players promoted from the Ajax Academy this year along with Bantu Mzwakali, Brandon Peterson, Tasreeq Morris and Matthew Rowell.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kwong says he is eager to see what the season possesses for him and that he is drawing motivation from two of his former Ajax Youth team players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am really excited for the season,&rdquo; he tells MTNFootball. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I have played with the likes of Keegan and Travis for many years, since we were seven, and when they made the step up [to the first team] it really gave me inspiration to try and make it.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;They have done really well and I can only try and do my best.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The former Florida Albion player was given an impressive complement by head coach Muhsin Ertugral, who named him &lsquo;one of the most exciting players&rsquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;&ldquo;He is one of our most exiting players to come through. Michael is a right or left winger, he can play as a striker too. I think we will hear a lot from him this season,&rdquo; said the Turkish coach.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTN Football</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2973Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:11:00 +0200AjaxCT grab a point in Durban<div>Ajax Cape Town came from a goal down to grab a share of the points in their season opener against Golden Arrows at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors squad included a new face in goals, Brandon Petersen made his professional debut ahead of Sean Roberts, and in the starting line-up was seven players all products of the AjaxCT Youth Academy. The AjaxCT line; Petersen, Lolo, Isaacs (capt), Hlatshwayo, Jenniker, Shabalala, vd Laak, Graham, Manyama, Losper, Dolly,</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game started with both teams cautious in their approach, AjaxCT played their famous diamond formation that allowed their wing-backs to venture forward to join the attack.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors settled early employing their passing game to good effect however it was Golden Arrows who created the first opening but Hleleni&rsquo;s shot flew wide of the target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later, Losper conceded a foul and a resultant Arrows header flew wide of the goal.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT pressed forward with van de Laak and Manyama coming close for the visitors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT defence of Lolo, Isaacs, Hlatshwayo and Jenniker worked in tandem to keep a clean sheet.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game swung from end-to-end, a long ball was played into the AjaxCT penalty box, Lucky Nguzana firing at the AjaxCT goal. Isaacs cleared the danger as Petersen provided cover for the defender then Jenniker blocked a shot by Wadabwa.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For AjaxCT, Keagan Dolly found space and unleashed a 25m drive that forced Mngoma, in goal for Arrows to punch the ball clear.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The second half continued in the same fashion as the first with Arrows pressing forward and AjaxCT attacking on the break.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A long ball forward by Koen van de Laak found Lebo Manyama who would have had a clear run at the keeper but for an offside flag.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT keeper, Brandon Petersen had an easy first half compared to the second. Arrows played high balls into the AjaxCT goal area. Petersen was calm under the pressure collecting the crosses into his goal area, and then he prevented a corner by keeping a deflected shot at goal from going over the goal line.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shaba collected the ball in midfield and played Losper into space; Mngoma closed the angle and prevented a clear shot at goal deflecting the ball into the path of an Arrows defender who cleared the danger.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Arrows opened the scoring when a shot at goal through a crowded goal area was parried into the path of Wadwaba who hit the back of the net from close range (1-0 Arrows).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Muhsin Ertugral made the first two substitutions bringing on Paulse for van de Laak.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The extra striker added to the impetus of the AjaxCT attack, Manyama was set clear on goal and attempted to lob the ball over the keeper, Mngoma was forced to make the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Manyama took the attack to Arrows again with a strong run up the middle of the park, but his path to goal was blocked by the Arrows defenders.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral made his second substitution, bringing on Mokeke for Dolly.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The battle of the midfield continued with Arrow shading AjaxCT for possession, but it was Ajax Cape Town who made the breakthrough.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Manyama received a through-ball and he showed composure under pressure from the Arrows defence and keeper to steer the ball into the back of the Arrows net for the equaliser.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ntuli found himself reprimanded by the match official and shown a yellow card after his flailing hand struck Jenniker in the face.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ntuli nearly broke the deadlock when he fired at low shot at the AjaxCT goal but Petersen was equal to the task to make the save.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the closing minutes of the game the AjaxCT keeper was again called into action when Gift Sithole&rsquo;s cross-cum -shot at goal almost dipped under the bar, Petersen made the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After four minutes of extra-time the final whistle sounded to end the game with the score tied at 1-1.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2972Sat, 03 Aug 2013 20:24:00 +0200AjaxCT aim for a positive start<div>Ajax Cape Town plans to continue where they left off against Golden Arrows, the Urban Warriors beat Arrows in convincing fashion (3-0) when the teams met at the end of the last season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both teams will be looking for three points to start the season on a positive note, especially the Urban Warriors who will be looking to restore their pride.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors made a number of signings ahead of the new season in order to bolster their squad. The club&rsquo;s acquisitions are a mix of young players and experienced players, the return of Dominic Isaacs, Fraklin Cale, Nathan Paulse and the signing of Lance Davids is a clear indication by the club management that they have experienced players who know the AjaxCT system to guide the youngsters in the team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Muhsin Ertugral would have liked to play more pre-season friendlies in order to prepare his team for this game and the season however the AjaxCT coach is confident that his charges will deliver on Saturday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;The players have adapted well at training, there is a good work ethic in this squad. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our preparations for the Arrows game went well and we are looking forward to getting the new season underway. We have signed a few experienced players who know the AjaxCT system and that is an advantage for any coach at this stage of the season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We will field a competitive team, and hopefully the youngsters settle quickly.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game will be played at the King Zwelithini Staduim, Saturday 03 August, 2013. Live coverage of the game will be shown on SABC1.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town fans can also follow</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2971Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:52:00 +0200Transformation on track<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that the transformation of the club is on track. With the start of the new season just days away the club has already started to deliver on their pledge to stabilise the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou said, &ldquo;At our first press conference we promised to stabilise the club to ensure that we start the season on a positive note and in the last few days we have already started to deliver on that promise.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Transformation of the club is on track and our recent signings is a clear indication of the club&rsquo;s resolve to make good on their promise to bring stability to the club on and off the playing field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have brought back three ex-Ajax Cape Town players in Franklin Cale, Dominic Isaacs and Nathan Paulse. We have also signed Lance Davids to a long term contract. By signing these players we have retained the services of a core group of experienced players who know the Ajax Cape Town system.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A number of Ajax Youth Academy players spent the off-season training with the PSL team in line with our &ldquo;No Youth, No Future&rdquo; policy and a few of them impressed the technical team enough to be promoted.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The promoted players are; Brandon Petersen, Matthew Rowell, Bantu Mzwakali, Michael Kwong and Tasreeq Morris, all key players in the Ajax Cape Town Metropolitan Premier Cup and Copa Amsterdam Championship teams.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We can also confirm that the club will continue to strengthen the playing staff on the recommendation of our technical team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There is a long road ahead and we will strive to continue to get this club back amongst the top challengers of the ABSA Premiership.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2969Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:15:00 +0200AjaxCT unveil home and away kit<div>1st August, 2013 &ndash; adidas, the leading global football brand, earlier today revealed the new Ajax Cape Town home and away kits for the forthcoming 2013/14 season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We are proud to once again partner with Ajax Cape Town by designing and producing their kit for the upcoming 2013/2014 season and are delighted with the design for this year&rsquo;s home and away kits,&rdquo; commented Gugu Ntuli, PR Manager at adidas South Africa. &ldquo;We have been involved with the Club for nearly a decade and our partnership has gone from strength to strength over the years.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This season&rsquo;s home kit maintains the classic design style of previous years, aligning once more with the white/toro/white vertical stripes synonymous with the Cape Town club and derived from its parent club, Ajax Amsterdam. Embedded within the toro strip are three St Andrew&rsquo;s crosses, referencing the coat of arms of Amsterdam &ndash; another strong association with its roots in the European club.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A new and exciting update this year is the striking away jersey &ndash; a tonal black/charcoal variation with red zest applied to a v-neck collar design (which aligns with this season&rsquo;s global adidas template) as well as to the arm detail and the iconic adidas 3 stripes on the shoulders. Within adidas&rsquo; illustrious stable of sponsored clubs, Ajax has never been afraid to play around with various colours and to engage their fans and consumers in testing these variations, and this bold design is in keeping with that attitude.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Ajax&rsquo;s Home kit is steeped in history and the famous bi-colour design is, for the most part, something we like to maintain in its iconic form. Within that structure though, we feel that adidas has once again done a terrific job in creating a classic, sleek design that we are all proud of,&rdquo; said Shooz Mekuto, PRO at Ajax Cape Town. &ldquo;Furthermore, we have seen growing sales of the away jerseys over the years and this year&rsquo;s edition is an exciting variation and one that we are sure the fans will be very happy with.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Technology</div> <div>The kit also features the latest adidas technologies to ensure that it not only evokes pride in the jersey but gives Ajax Cape Town an edge on the pitch:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ClimaCool&trade; - adidas ClimaCool technology provides a mixture of heat and moisture controlling materials, ventilation channels and 3D fabrics to improve air flow to the skin in key heat zones meaning that when the body heats up during exercise, for instance, ClimaCool ensures that the athlete remains cool.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The new home and away kit is now available at adidas Performance stores as well as many sports retailers countrywide at a recommended retail price of R599.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For up-to-date news from adidas South Africa or more information about the new Ajax Cape Town kit, visit adidas South Africa news stream, adidas.co.za/football and follow @adidasZA on Twitter to join the conversation.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2968Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:38:00 +0200Claasen makes impact at "Pool"<div>Former Ajax Cape Town PSL and Youth Academy player, Daylon Claasen made an impact during his trial at Blackpool FC in England judging by local fan reactions on social media.</div> <div> </div> <div>The diminutive midfielder initially spent two weeks at Hull City before making the switch to Blackpool FC. Claasen played in Pool’s 1-0 defeat against Newcastle and for Hull City in their defeat of Winterton last Monday.</div> <div> </div> <div>Daylon was on the books of Lierse FC in Belgium and was released in April.</div> <div> </div> <div>Blackpool FC is currently coached by Paul Ince.</div> <div> </div> <p> </p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2967Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:04:00 +0200Paulse signs for AjaxCT<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that the club has signed Nathan Paulse.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou said, &ldquo;In my first press conference last I promised to stabilise the club to ensure that we start the season on a positive note. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over the last few weeks we have brought back a number of ex-Ajax Cape Town players in Franklin Cale, Dominic Isaacs and now Nathan Paulse. By signing these players we have retained the services of a core group of experienced players who know the Ajax Cape Town system.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nathan joined first signed for the Ajax Cape Town in 2000 and played one season for the club before he was loaned out to Avendale FC.&nbsp;</div> <div>Nathan returned to Ikamva in 2002, making more than 140 appearances over the next six years.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During this time Paulse was the Top Scorer three times, seasons 2002/2003, 2005/2006 and 2007/2008 while helping Ajax Cape Town win the Rothmans Cup (2000), The Old Mutual Manguang Cup (2007 and 2008) ABSA Cup (2007) and Telkom Knock Out (2008)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Paulse has also played for Hammarby IF (Sweden), Bloemfontein Celtic, Platinum Stars, and Supersport Utd.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2965Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:05:00 +0200AjaxCT beat Chippa in friendly<div>Ajax Cape Town beat Chippa United 2-1 in a friendly at the Philippi Stadium on Sunday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT goals were scored by Lebogang Manyama (46th) and Tasriq Morris (75th).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors starting line-up included a number of experienced players; Roberts, Thulani, Thato, Aidan, Davids, Losper, Shaba, Lebo, Koen, Cale and included Mobara at right-back.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chippa created an opening early in the game but Thato Mokeke defended very well, he cleared the danger with a defensive header at the far post as the Chippa strikers closed in.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT put a number of passes together with Cale, Lebo and Koen linking-up well to create an opening for Losper. Koen&rsquo;s cross from the left found Losper lurking in front of goal but his header flew over the bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors won a free-kick after Koen was fouled just outside the box. Cale floated in the cross, Losper&rsquo;s back header almost sneaked-in off the up-right at the far post.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other end of the field Sean Roberts did well to get his hand to a James Okwousa header, to palm it over the bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Just before half-time, Chippa had the ball in the back of the AjaxCT net but the goal was ruled-out for off-side.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the break Keagan Dolly replaced Lance Davids.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Lebogang Manyama scored to give AjaxCT the lead. Dolly won the ball on the left flank and an early pass to Manyama just outside the box allowed the Ajax striker to blast the ball past the Chippa keeper.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chippa Utd equalised with five minutes of the re-start, Mfundo Shumana took advantage of a hesitant defence to blast the ball past an advancing Sean Roberts.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Muhsin Ertugral brought on Paulse for Koen, Morris for Cale, Scott for Shaba and Travis for Lebo.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sean Roberts made a great double save to keep the score&rsquo;s tied at 1-1.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Granwald Scott&rsquo;s cross-field pass found Dolly wide on the right. Keagan&rsquo;s cross into the Chippa penalty area found Paulse, his down-ward header was cleared off the line as AjaxCT pressed forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Chippa keeper collided with his defender as he tried to clear the ball; Tasriq Morris pounced onto the loose-ball, tapping it into an empty net to give AjaxCT a 2-1 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Roberts was called into action when Chippa won a free-kick just outside the box on AjaxCT&rsquo;s left flank. The ball was floated towards the far post; Roberts rose above the Chippa attack and palmed it wide. Thulani Hlatshwayo covered the near post and cleared the resultant shot at goal off the line.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town has just one more friendly ahead of the start new season and a number of players will be keen to show their resolve as they vie for a place in the starting line-up against Golden Arrows on August 03, 2013.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2963Sun, 28 Jul 2013 21:53:00 +0200Isaacs signs for AjaxCT<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm the signing of Dominic Isaacs after the player agreed personal terms at Ikamva earlier today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dominic arrived at Ikamva late yesterday and trained with the team yesterday afternoon.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The defender met with the AjaxCT management today and signed a one year deal with a one-year option.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Isaacs, comfortable at either right-back or centre back positions and knows the AjaxCT system after spending eight years at the club from 2000 - 2008.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He started his career at Sea Point Swifts before moving to Parkhurst United, Isaacs spent three years at the School of Excellence (1997 &ndash; 2000) before signing for Ajax Cape Town in 2000.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2962Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:12:00 +0200Barnyard welcomes AjaxCThttp://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2966Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:48:00 +0200Isaacs in talks with AjaxCT<div>Dominic Isaacs arrived at Ikamva late yesterday for talks with Ajax Cape Town about his possible return to Ikamva.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Isaacs, comfortable at either right-back or centre back positions had talks with the Ajax Cape Town management and coach Muhsin Ertugral yesterday.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Isaacs was first signed for Ajax Cape Town in 2000 and played for the Urban Warriors for eight years before making a move to Kaizer Chiefs, after four years with the Glamour Boys Dominic signed for Bloemfontein Celtic in 2012.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2961Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:22:00 +0200Allie suffers a set-back<div>Nazeer Allie is back in the Mother City after his proposed move to Bidvest Wits suffered a set-back.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bivest Wits, Ajax Cape Town and the player agreed to all the terms of the transfer however the player was advised that he would need surgery to repair a niggling injury.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Allie made more than 115 appearances at right or centre- back positions for Ajax Cape Town since 2000. A number of club&rsquo;s were after Allie&rsquo;s signature over the years, however it was Wits who the race to sign the player ahead of the new season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Allie a product of the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy arrived at Ikamva as a 15 year-old from neighbours Vasco Da Gama. He settled quickly joining the likes of Daylon Claasen, Nhlanhla Shabalala, Thulani Hlatshwayo and Grandwald Scott in the AjaxCT U15 team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As a player he was capped for the national team at U17, U20 and Bafana levels.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His transfer to Wits is set to proceed when the next transfer window opens in January.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2960Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:36:00 +0200Experienced players must lead<p>Lance Davids was on the receiving end of a warning shot laid out by Ajax Cape Town head coach Muhsin Ertugral, saying &lsquo;he must step up&rsquo;.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The midfielder was brought back to the club in January in hope of adding some much needed experience and stability to the squad, but failed to produce the form he showed in his spell at the club.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral has called on the more experienced members in his squad to help &lsquo;coach&rsquo; the players in the team and he feels Davids, along with the likes of Franklin Cale and Koen van de Laak, need to improve their verbal game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Lance has to step up. I am putting him under pressure already and these older players need to show the youngsters some direction,&rdquo; he said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I cannot be the only coach- there must be other coaches on the field. This season, I expect these guys to step up their game physically and verbally.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I feel that the hierarchy in any team is very important to have a frame. I didn&rsquo;t find hierarchy last season; the hierarchy was the youngsters telling the older ones what to do. That is going to change.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTN Football</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2959Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:36:00 +0200Players mentally stronger - Ertugralhttp://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2958Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:54:00 +0200AjaxCT enters a New Erahttp://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2957Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:54:00 +0200Ertugral signs 3-year deal<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that Muhsin Ertugral has signed a three-year contract with the club.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Muhsin returned to Ajax Cape Town on April 25th 2013 as the Head of Technical Affairs. He was instrumental in keeping the club in the PSL, collecting eight points the last four games of the 2012/2013 season to ensure Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s top-flight status.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At a press conference held at Ikamva earlier today Ari Efstathiou unveiled Muhsin to the media.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Efstathiou said, &ldquo;Our immediate objective to bring stability to the club and we are proud to announce that the services of Muhsin Ertugral have been secured for the next three years. The credentials of Muhsin are well known, and he has delivered for Ajax Cape Town before. We can assure you that he will continue to do so.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The focus can now be where it needs to be, on the team and ensuring our success.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral returned to Ikamva after serving on the FIFA Technical panel during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013 to take up the reigns as the Ajax squad prepares ahead of the new season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2956Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:31:00 +0200AjaxCT beat Vasco in friendly<div>Ajax Cape Town continued their drive to start the new season on a high note with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Vasco da Gama at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT coach once continued to with his approach of using a variation of player combinations by starting with the following lime-up; Van Neel, Musa, Fielies, Rivaldo, Rowell, Thato, Travis, Paulse, Kwong, Akpabio, Dolly.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thato and Graham anchored the midfield, Taariq Fielies and Rivaldo Coetzee paired in the centre-back position and the attack was spearheaded by Paulse and Akpabio.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Coetzee is one of many AjaxCT Youth Academy player&rsquo;s training with the AjaxCT PSL team ahead of the new season. Akpabio returned from his loan spell at Vasco while Paulse is training with the Urban Warriors while his management seeks to secure a deal with clubs after his services.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Vasco settled quickly and were rewarded with the opening goal, a low shot through a crowded penalty area that beat Van Neel to sneak-in at the far post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors kicked-up a gear and the pressure almost paid off when AjaxCT won their first free-kick of the game but Keagan Dolly&rsquo;s set-piece hit the cross bar.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game swung to the other end of the field and Vasco pegged the Urban Warriors in their own half winning a series of corners and/or free-kicks. The AjaxCT defence held firm with Taariq Fielies keeping his team in the game with a goal-line clearance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>George Akpabio pulled a goal back for AjaxCT just before halftime when he beat the offside trap to equalise.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT made a number changes to their line-up at the start of the second half bring on Roberts Gertse, Koen, Billiat, Davids, Mzawkali, Losper, Aidan, Morris, Cale and Mobara.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The second half was a tactical game with both teams probing for an opening to hit the back of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Franklin Cale threatened to double the score for the Urban Warriors with a fierce strike from 20m forcing the Vasco keeper to parry the shot before collecting the ball at the second chance.</div> <div>Taariq Fielies found space at the Vasco far post after AjaxCT won a corner, but the AjaxCT defender hit his shot over the bar from close range.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The combination of Cale, Davids, Billiat and Van de Laak undid the Vasco defence to send Billiat clear to double the score. AjaxCT won 2-1 and the drive for improved performances continues as Muhsin Ertugral fine-tunes his squad ahead the start of the new season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2955Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:21:00 +0200Celebrating Mandela Day Part 2<div>Ajax Cape Town celebrated Mandela Day on two fronts in Cape Town yesterday. The first community activation took place at the Khayelitsha Special School with MTN and the second at &nbsp;Bellville South High&nbsp;School with ABSA.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Part two of Nelson Mandela Day celebrations involved the AjaxCT community scheme visiting Bellville South High School at the invitation of ABSA the PSL&rsquo;s title sponsors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ABSA identified this school as one in need of soccer activity to motivate the learner&rsquo;s interest in sport. Being the PSL sponsors the invitation to Ajax Cape Town to assist them in this project was an obvious choice.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mandela Day was a fitting occasion to roll-out the Ajax Cape Town Community Scheme &ldquo;Kick &lsquo;n Learn&rdquo; program with the Urban Warriors doing their bit for Madiba.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The day began with a motivational talk by the Ajax Cape Town Community Scheme Co-ordinator Riyaad Khan, who spoke about Living a Healthy Lifestyle, Fitness and Making Life Choices.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The ABSA staff attended the motivational talk along with local journalist and photographers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT crew then moved the participating children out to the sports-field where the entire school welcomed them by forming a human chain headed by the school principal who led the singing of &ldquo;Happy Birthday&rdquo; in honour of Mandela.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The coaching clinic began with all the pupils in attendance watching the AjaxCT crew putting their classmates through their paces.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To end the clinic off ABSA and Ajax Cape Town addressed the participants with a vote of &ldquo;Thanks&rdquo; before handing out goodie-bags and nutrition packs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town Community Scheme coaches will return today to roll-out the program for the girl&rsquo;s soccer team at the school.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2954Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:58:00 +0200Mandela Day in Khayelitsha<div>July 18 is a special day in South Africa as locals reach out to the under-privileged in their communities striving to make a change in their lives.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Its Mandela day and the Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Mr Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of all South Africans and everyone is asked to give 67 minutes of their time, whether it&rsquo;s supporting a chosen charity or serving in a local community.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town followed the mantra of the Mandela Day campaign, teaming up with their title sponsor MTN at the Khayelitsha Special School. The initial plan was to paint the school&rsquo;s tarmac and other areas of the school precinct in need of attention as a continuation of MTN&rsquo;s 21 Days of Yellow Care.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Unfortunately the wet weather forced the cancelation of the paint project and a late change was made to host a soccer clinic at the school.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town crew of staff and players were welcomed by Mrs Velebhayi and Mrs Matyesini who gave the visiting AjaxCT team an overview of the school&rsquo;s mission and a guided tour of a few select classrooms.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT Players and Staff were escorted to the playing fields where they conducted a soccer clinic for delighted pupils who enjoyed interacting with the AjaxCT players. Laughter permeated the air as the boys and girls participated in the soccer drills.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After all the action two AjaxCT players, Samora and Ayabula addressed the pupils in English and Xhosa motivating them to follow their dreams and aspirations.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All too soon it was time to say goodbye, but not before a photo-season with the players and pupils.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The farewell was emotional and joyous as dancing pupils bid the Ajax staff and players goodbye.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>For more pics go to Ajax Cape Town's facebook page at:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/ajaxct?ref=hl">http://www.facebook.com/ajaxct?ref=hl</a>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2953Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:56:00 +0200AjaxCT gears up for new season<div>Ajax Cape Town continued to fine-tune their performances with a 2-0 win over Milano FC at the Cape Town Stadium yesterday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors started with a well-known line-up that featured the likes of Sean Roberts, Mosa Lebusa, Aidan Jenniker, Lance Davids Khama Billiat Thato Mokeke and Keagan Dolly.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Also getting a run on the turf were Taariq Fielies, George Akpabio, Nathan Gertse and Nathan Paulse with the later training at Ikamva while he seeks to land a contract in Gauteng.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was a physical affair with the opposition showing their hosts no respect, fighting for every ball and at times keeping possession of the ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Khama Billiat showed his prowess in front of goal with a number of jinxing runs and shots at goal only to find the Milano keeper well placed to make the save. Late in the first half Billiat stole in behind the Milano defence to score with a looping header over an advancing goalkeeper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT coach Ertugral made a few changes to the team in the second half bring on Rowell, Petersen, Shaba, Rivaldo, Graham, Phule, Losper, Morris and Cale. The youngsters gave a good account of themselves as the game was played at a high tempo.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT coach changed his combinations midway through the second-half bringing on Fielies, Mokeke, Kwong and Bantu replacing Cale, Losper, Aidan and Musa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors doubled the score late in the second half when Bantu Mzawkali raced down the right wing and delivered an inch-perfect cross onto the head of Tariq Morris who scored.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the AjaxCT PRO said, &ldquo;AjaxCT have completed three practise games so far and the improvement is visible with every outing. We drew with Vasco and beat Milano and Wits, the encouraging factor is that the young players are fitting-in very well and giving a good account of themselves during these games.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2952Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:23:00 +0200Bafana move for Hlatshwayohttp://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2951Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:39:00 +0200A tough start for AjaxCT<div>Ajax Cape Town face a tough start to the 2013/2014 season as they are set to play Golden Arrows (away) followed Orlando Pirates in their first home game of the new season.&nbsp;The games are scheduled for August 03 (Arrows) and the Pirates game is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20th with kick-off at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Then Urban Warriors are then set to play Amazulu at home at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday, September 01 at 15h00, Bidvest Wits away on Sept 13 at 20h00 followed by another humdinger against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday September 25 at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The season&rsquo;s opening fixtures is alternated with the MTN8 Cup competition that starts on the weekend of August 10/11th, 2013 with the final pencilled-in for Saturday, September 21st.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Telkom Knock-out kicks-off on the first weekend of October, giving the PSL fixtures a break until October 23rd when AjaxCT play Free State Stars at the Cape Town Stadium at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With regards to the promoted NFD teams the PSL website stated; &quot;Unfortunately the arbitration which will decide which clubs will be the NFD Winners and Playoff winners has not yet been completed, meaning that the names of those clubs are not yet reflected in the fixtures.&quot;&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2950Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:43:00 +0200AjaxCT beat Wits<div>Ajax Cape Town beat Bidvest Wits 3-1 in a pre-season friendly match behind closed doors at Cape Town Stadium on Friday 12 July, 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors starting line-up featured a number of new faces. AjaxCT coaches David Nyathi and Ian Taylor announced that AjaxCT Youth Academy hopefuls; Bantu Mzwakali, Michael Kwong, Rivaldo Coetzee, Tasriq Morris and Matthew Rowel would all start the game with trialists goalkeeper Dejan Milic, Charis Kostakis and Pule Letshabo.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bantu Mzwakali made a dream start for the Urban Warriors when he scored within the first 15 minutes of the game to give Ajax Cape town a 1-0 lead. Toriq Losper doubled the score five minutes later with Billiat adding a third before the halftime whistle.</div> <div>The Urban Warriors made a number of changes to their line-up for the second half of the game, on came Lance Davids, Taariq Fielies, Shabalala, and Koen van de Laak.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits pulled a goal back via a free-kick from Matthew Pattison however they could not breach the AjaxCT defence again.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are set to play a number of pre-season friendlies before their first official game of the new season against Golden Arrows on Saturday August 03, 2013</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2922Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:39:00 +0200PSL set to release fixtures<div>The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has today released the full fixtures for the 2013/14 Absa Premiership season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Unfortunately the arbitration which will decide which clubs will be the NFD Winners and Playoff winners has not yet been completed, meaning that the names of those clubs are not yet reflected in the fixtures.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Absa Premiership campaign will kick-off on 2 August 2013 with the champions Kaizer Chiefs visiting the Playoff winners, once they are confirmed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>PSL General Manager of Football, Derek Blanckensee said: &ldquo;We have managed to release fixtures three weeks before kickoff of the 2013/14 season and this is important because it will enable football fans to plan accordingly for August and September. I know a lot of people are looking forward to what we are sure will be an exciting 2013/14 Absa Premiership season.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Blanckensee said the League has had to accommodate Orlando Pirates who advanced to the CAF Champions League Group stages this year following a gutsy display in the knockout phase.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Opening weekend fixtures:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Friday 2 August 2013</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Playoff Winner vs Kaizer Chiefs Playoff Winner Stadium 20:00</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday 3 August 2013</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Golden Arrows vs Ajax Cape Town King Zwelithini Stadium 15:00</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Moroka Swallows vs University of Pretoria Volkswagen Dobsonville 15:00</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Maritzburg United vs NFD Winner Harry Gwala Stadium<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> 20:15</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>SuperSport United vs Free State Stars Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sunday 4 August 2013</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bloemfontein Celtic vs Mamelodi Sundowns<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Free State Stadium 15:00</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Platinum Stars vs Bidvest Wits Royal Bafokeng Stadium 15:00&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2921Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:47:00 +0200Pre-season v Wits http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2920Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:49:00 +0200Next Stars on the Horizon<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s mantra is &ldquo;No Youth, No Future&rdquo; is well known and over the years the Urban Warriors have unearthed some of South Africa&rsquo;s best youth talent.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year the Urban Warriors have invited youngsters Matthew Rowell, Michael Kwong, Rivaldo Coetzee, Bantu Mzwakali, Abbubaker Mobara and Tasriq Morris to train with the PSL side.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>News from the technical is that the players are doing well at training. All of them played in the friendly on Sunday against Vasco da Gama, surprising the many AjaxCT fans with solid displays on the field of play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over the last 13 years Ajax Cape Town have introduced more than 95 players to the professional ranks via the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy and looking at the current crop of youngsters there is a bright future at Ikamva.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2919Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:16:00 +0200Ertugral speaks on FIFA U20 World Cup Dynamicshttp://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2918Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:19:00 +0200Cale signs for AjaxCT<p>&nbsp;Ajax Cape Town can confirm that Franklin Cale has finalized his transfer to Ajax Cape Town&nbsp;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cale passed his medical and signed a three-year deal with the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Franklin signed for AjaxCT in 2004 after playing against Ajax Cape Town in a youth friendly. His coach was asked to substitute him at halftime and the player was invited to play for the Urban Warriors</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He has since won two knockout trophies during his first spell at Ikamva and has five Bafana caps to his name.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2917Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:42:00 +0200Ramadaan Mubarak<div>Ajax Cape Town would like to wish all their Muslim staff, associates, fans, friends and their families a blessed Ramadaan Mubarak.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We pray that the month of Ramadaan will be spiritually uplifting and may this Holy month be a Blessed time for you and your family</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2916Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:56:00 +0200Lokomotiv sessions are tough - Billiathttp://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2914Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:23:00 +0200Nitrocharge competition winners namedhttp://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2913Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:52:00 +0200Cale set for AjaxCT<div>Ajax Cape Town has concluded a deal that could see Franklin Cale return to Ajax Cape Town subject to the player passing a medical.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The former Urban Warrior is expected to make the switch to Ajax Cape Town as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the new campaign.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cale joined Ajax Cape Town in 2004 and made 131 starts in the Ajax jersey before moving North to Sundowns in 2009. He switched to Supersport in January 2012 making 27 appearances for Matsatsantsa last season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Franklin made his international debut in a friendly against Norway on October 10, 2009 and has been capped five times.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2912Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:55:00 +0200Ertugral at FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013<div>With the group stage now over, two members of the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) have outlined their initial reflections on the action at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013. Analysing the games up close, the expert duo have been able to cast light on the emerging trends and dominant tactics.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For Muhsin Ertugral, the quality of the football has been particularly pleasing, and the Ajax Cape Town manager has also enjoyed watching the divergent styles of play on show. &quot;Youth football improves from year to year &ndash; in physical, technical and tactical terms &ndash; but what's really pleased me is that cultural influence has been playing a huge role,&quot; explained the former Kaizer Chiefs and Congo DR coach. &quot;The South Americans continue to produce excellent No10s, and African sides also have a special type of player in midfield, whose function is tied up with a concept that's almost naive, and which I'd call: 'Express yourself.'&quot; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As for Finland coach Mixu Paatelainen, the former striker with the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Aberdeen and Dundee United has been keeping a close eye on the pre-eminent strategic approaches. &quot;The formation that's been used the most is 4-2-3-1,&quot; he said. &quot;That's undoubtedly because it's a flexible system that allows teams to protect their defence with two holding midfielders while also spreading the play wide by using wingers. Lots of sides have also changed their system during games in response to the scoreline, with most switching to 4-4-2. Uruguay, for example, have done that to great effect. But it's important to point out that the key isn't the system but the movement of the players around the system.&quot;</div> <div>In addition, the two experts have noted a split between teams defending zonally and those opting for man marking, plus a general trend of building attacks from the back. They have nonetheless been struck by the observation that the transition to attacking play is less effective in U-20 sides than in their senior counterparts. &quot;That's linked to the fact that the teams, particularly in the group stage, are concerned above all with not losing the ball in midfield,&quot; said Paatelainen. &quot;Quick transitions can be risky on that score, but that could all change in the knockout phase.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Originally from Turkey, Ertugral has been paying special attention to the hosts, and he feels that they have plenty of room for improvement. &quot;We need to train our players younger and for a longer period of time,&quot; he explained. &quot;Having this tournament here has been crucial in terms of realising the standard of other teams at this age level elsewhere in the world. When you look at Spain, whose players are already playing like their elders, the similarity is impressive. And that's the road Turkey have yet to take.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>More than anything, though, Ertugral and Paatelainen &ndash; who will continue their work until the end of the tournament &ndash; have both been savouring the overall quality so far, with a raft of statistics lending credence to their point of view. In particular, no fewer than 101 goals have been scored at an average of 2.81 per game, while two sides &ndash; Uruguay and Colombia &ndash; have conceded just once and Portugal have hit the back of the net ten times.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text and Pics - FIFA.com</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2910Sat, 06 Jul 2013 22:55:00 +0200AjaxCT play Vasco Sunday<div>Ajax Cape Town plays their first practise game of the new season on Sunday, 07 August against neighbours Vasco da Gama at Parow Park with kick-off at 15h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This game gives the AjaxCT technical team their first view of the Ajax squad ahead of the new season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Local fans are expected to turn up in their numbers to see who will be challenging for a place in the Urban Warriors squad this season. Also expected to don the red and white of AjaxCT are a few trialist who have been invited to train at Ikamva, hoping to impress and make the move permanent as well as a few Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy graduates who have been training with the PSL team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The players have been training for two weeks under assistant coach David Nyathi and the AjaxCT Head of Technical, Jan Pruijn and the pair will be on the bench to oversee their charges on Sunday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Local fans are asked to arrive early as there are limited spectator vantage points available.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2909Sat, 06 Jul 2013 21:30:00 +0200Engen Knockout time<div>It's Engen Knockout time and last night football representatives from participating teams attended the 2013 Engen Knockout Challenge draw at the Athlone Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The air was filled with anticipation as team representatives waited for the draw to take place.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Over the last few weeks local team fought for the right to participate in the 10th annual Engen Knockout Challenge and the line-up was finalized last weekend with 13 teams winning a place in the tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The play-offs started in June with more than 130 teams fighting for a place in the tournament alongside Santos (the hosts), Ajax Cape Town (defending Champions) and Chippa United.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The teams that qualified to play in the tournament are; Vasco da Gama, Kuils River FC, Bishop Lavis FC, Kraaifontein FC, Island Rovers FC, Atlantic Nacional, ASD Academy, Cape United, Crusaders FC, Salesians FC, Hanover Park FC, Kenpark United FC, and Old Mutual FC.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Defending Champions Ajax Cape Town was drawn in the same group as Cape United, Kuils River FC and Vasco da Gama.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The tournament takes place at the William Herbert Sports grounds in Wynberg from 16-18 August, 2013.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2908Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:57:00 +0200AjaxCT gears-up for new season<div>Ajax Cape Town is gearing up for the new season with a number of friendlies lined-up in the next few weeks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors have returned from a well-earned holiday and started their pre-season training under the watchful eyes of David Nyathi, Jan Pruijn and the AjaxCT technical team while Head Coach Muhsin Ertugral completes his FIFA duties at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the AjaxCT PRO said, &ldquo;The players returned last week and they have been training hard in preparation of the new season. We have planned a number of games to get the team in-shape and to have a look at new combinations.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are playing Vasco da Gama on Sunday at Parow Park and lined-up games against FC Cape Town, Santos and Milano United. We have also scheduled games against PSL opposition; Supersport United and Bidvest Wits during their Cape Town training camps.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are planning to stagger the games at regular intervals during our pre-season to give our players&rsquo; game-time as we build-up for the start of the new season in August.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2907Wed, 03 Jul 2013 22:32:00 +0200Davids in Bafana squad<div>South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has named a revised squad for the COSAFA Cup Zambia 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Kaizer Chiefs have decided to withdraw their five representatives in the squad, Tefu Mashamaite, Erick Mathoho, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>SuperSport United have also decided to withdraw goalkeeper Ronwen Williams and striker Kermit Erasmus, while Bloemfontein Celtic&rsquo;s Thabo Nthethe and Mamelodi Sundown&rsquo;s Tebogo Langerman have also been taken out.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In has come Platinum Stars goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane and midfielder Sibusiso Msomi, defenders Buhle Mkhwanazi (University of Pretoria), Sibusiso Khumalo (SuperSport United), Musa Bilankulu (Lamontville Golden Arrows) and Lehlohonolo Nonyane (Jomo Cosmos).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Midfielders Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows) and Lance Davids (Ajax Cape Town), as well as striker Siyabonga Thwala (Chippa United).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>No players from Orlando Pirates were considered as they take on Congo side AC Leopards in the African Champions League group stages on the day of the COSAFA Cup Zambia 2013 final on July 20.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>South Africa will take on the winner of Group A having received a bye to the quarterfinals, one of Namibia, Seychelles or Mauritius.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bafana have won the COSAFA Cup on three previous occasions in 2002, 2007 and 2008.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Updated Bafana squad:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Goalkeepers: Wayne Sandilands (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyabonga Mpontshane (Platinum Stars)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Defenders: Bevan Fransman (SuperSport United), Buhle Mkhwanazi (University of Pretoria), Sibusiso Khumalo (SuperSport United), Musa Bilankulu (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Ajax Cape Town), Lehlohonolo Nonyane (Jomo Cosmos), Tshepo Gumede (Platinum Stars)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Midfielders: Sibusiso Msomi (Platinum Stars), Lerato Chabangu (Moroka Swallows), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lance Davids (Ajax Cape Town), Luyolo Nomandela (Free State Stars), Jabulani Shongwe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ruzaigh Gamaldien (Bloemfontein Celtic)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Strikers: Katlego Mashego (Moroka Swallows), Siyabonga Thwala (Chippa United), Lebogang Manyana (Ajax Cape Town), Thabani Mthembu (Platinum Stars)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text MTN Football</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2906Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:17:00 +0200Efstathiou Press Release<div>Press Release from the Efstathiou brothers</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We are pleased to announce that a deal between the Efstathiou and Comitis brothers has been reached. The Comitis brothers have sold their shares giving full control of Cape Town Stars Pty Ltd, the 49% shareholder of Ajax Cape Town FC, to the Efstathiou brothers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ari Efstathiou said, &ldquo;We are confident that this resolution is in the best interest of all stakeholders: the players, the staff, supporters, sponsors and the football fraternity at large. The structures of the club are strong and will continue to operate successfully. The focus can now be where it needs to be, on the team and ensuring its success in the season.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Coach Etrugral echoed this view in saying &ldquo;The team is stable, the supporters mustn&rsquo;t worry as this is an administrative issue. Ajax Cape Town is a very dedicated team and an important club to the City of Cape Town. Our focus is on ensuring that the team is successful and we ask the supporters to keep supporting their club, the team and the new management structures&rdquo; Mushin Ertugral.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A press conference will be held in the following weeks and we will keep you updated on the date and location.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Please direct any further media inquiries to Lauren Fourie on 072 504 6448.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>END</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2905Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:45:00 +0200Joint Press Release from Comitis Brothers<div>Joint Press Release from Comitis Brothers, George (CEO) and John (Honorary Life Chairman)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;After a very tough season, where we fought hard until the end against the possibility of relegation, and successfully saved our PSL status for next season, one of the families had to take a positive step in putting their personal interests aside for the good of the club. We therefore decided to offer to sell our shares or to buy the shares held by the Efstathiou brothers, at the option of the Efstathiou's, at the same price, which was to us the only fair way to do it.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cape Town could not afford to lose its last PSL club and we could not allow family feuding to ruin Ajax CT and the relationship with Ajax Amsterdam, which we have nurtured and developed for over 12 years, since putting the deal together which brought Ajax to South Africa in the first place.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Efsthatiou's have elected to accept our offer to sell our shares, rather than our offer to buy their shares, and we are happy either way that Ajax Cape Town is the winner, with the guidance of Ajax Amsterdam to count on. Our first prize was to remain on, but unless we took this bold step to make this offer, the wrangling would only have continued to harm the club into next season and beyond.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With Muhsin at the helm and the contacts we have already initiated during the off season for the strengthening of the squad, and which we willingly pass over to the new administration, we have every confidence that the club will bounce back and have a successful season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We would like to thank all the fans personally for embracing us over the years, the football fraternity for supporting us, our loyal staff and every player that has worn the Ajax jersey over the last decade.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We salute you.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We would also like to thank Ajax Amsterdam for what has been an amazing decade of enjoyable success. The Ajax brand has changed the landscape of South African football.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The good times and victories we have experienced at Ajax CT, including the brilliant youth that has emerged through our academy over the years, have far surpassed our expectations.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sincerely</div> <div>John and George Comitis</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2904Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:32:00 +0200Kids enjoy AjaxCT Holiday Clinics<div>The Ajax Cape Town Holiday Clinics was a hit amongst the 120+ kids that attended.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The coaches of the clinics are all members of the Ajax Cape Town staff and they work with children on a daily basis at local schools as part of the Ajax Cape Town Community Scheme.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Since the start of the Ajax holiday clinics program the number of boys and girls attending the Ajax Cape Town Holiday Clinics increased tremendously over the years and this time it was no different.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite inclement weather conditions, the kids arrived raring to hit the turf and participate in the drills set out by the Ajax Cape Town coaches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On day one, kids aged 5 &ndash; 10 years old arrived with their parents on tow and they settled in quickly, changing into their training gear in record time, excited at the prospect of running out for their first day at the AjaxCT Coaching Clinics.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The program for these kids is based on the AjaxCT First Touch project. The AjaxCT First Touch project focusses on the basic skills of football; how to kick the ball, passing, heading, shooting, and ball-control etc.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After two days of running their little legs-off, they lined-up patiently as the certificates and goodie-bags were handed-out.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wednesday signalled the start of the clinics for the boys and girls aged 11 &ndash; 16 years old. The AjaxCT coaches planned a more structured program for these kids focussing on technique, game intelligence, performance speed and skills.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While the kids trained their parents watched from the side-lines capturing the occasion on a variety of digital devices.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Some kids had the opportunity to meet the AjaxCT PSL players who arrived for their pre-season training and took the opportunity to take pics and secure autographs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT lounge was packed to the rafters as families arrived for the presentation of certificates and awards, with each participant receiving a round of applause on receipt of his/her awards.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The participants took to the social media to voice their pleasure of attending the AjaxCT Xperience Coaching Clinic:</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Verina Cupido &nbsp;said &ldquo;Thanks so much you have all changed my sons entire perspective and he is even more willing to pursue and be the best he could possibly be with the enjoyment and love for SOCCER. Thanks Ajax CT as well as all the awesome coaches... These kids all had such amazing smiles...happy happy..&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>CHAD FOLLENTINE&#9734; tweeted &ldquo;Had a Phenomenal Experience At The @ajaxcapetown#HolidayClinics . Amazing Day !! I Can't Wait For Tomorrow#SuperAmped !! #Day2&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Cape Town Holiday Clinics at Ikamva affords all the participants an exclusive Ajax Experience at a world class football facility; they will enjoy the advantages only afforded to Ajax Cape Town players giving them a sneak view of what life is like as an Ajax Cape Town football player.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The next Ajax Cape Town Coaching Clinics will be held during the September school holidays, announcements will be posted on www.ajaxct.com, http://www.facebook.com/ajaxct?ref=hl and https://twitter.com/ajaxcapetown.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2903Mon, 01 Jul 2013 17:54:00 +0200AjaxCT stars in Bafana squad<div>Ajax Cape Town's Lebogang Manyama and Thulani Hlatshwayo have been named in Bafana Bafana's COSAFA Cup squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Igesund the Bafana coach named his squad for the 2013 COSAFA Cup earlier today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The two AjaxCT players have had a stellar season at Ikamva last season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Manyama made 26 starts and scored five goals last season. He also collected a number of &quot;Man of the Match&quot; awards for his impressive displays in the red and white of Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Manyama arrived at Ikamva in 2010 from FC Alexandra and made his Ajax Cape Town debut in the MTN8 quarter final against Mamelodi Sundowns.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thulani Hlatshwayo, a tough tackling defender is a product of the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last season he made 21 starts and represented the national team at U17, U20 and U23 levels. He made his professional debut for Ajax Cape Town against Orlando Pirates on 5 August 2009 in a 2-1 win.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Bafana squad for the 2013 COSAFA Cup is;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Goalkeepers: Wayne Sandilands, Ronwen Williams</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Defenders: Fransman, Nthethe, Mashamaite, Mathoho, Hlatshwayo, Langerman, Gumede</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Midfielders: Letsholonyane, Tshabalala, Kekana, Manyama, Nomandela, Shongwe, Gamildien</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Strikers: Mashego, Erasmus, Parker, Mthembu</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2902Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:05:00 +0200Hlatshwayo talks to ajaxct.com<div>Thulani Hlatshwayo is motivated to do well ahead of the new season, the tough tackling AjaxCT defender spoke to ajaxct.com about the return to training and his goals for the new season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Thulani said, &ldquo;Training has been good so far. The first few days at training since has not been too heavy, our trainers are sure to build-up the intensity of our training sessions in the next few days.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Meanwhile, the mood in the dressing room is relaxed with the guys exchanging stories about their holidays. &nbsp;The players who were loaned out have also returned and we welcomed them home. It&rsquo;s great to see them again and there was a lot to talk about.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We looking forward to the new season, there is an air of excitement amongst the players and we do not want a repeat of last season&rsquo;s performances.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This season I want to see Ajax Cape Town win some silverware to show our fans out there that we mean business.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2901Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:17:00 +0200adidas launches the adizero f50 Messi<div>adidas today announced the launch of the next generation of the adizero f50 Messi football boots. The next iteration of Messi&rsquo;s f50 boots feature the new, bright TURBO / BLAST PURPLE / WHITE colourway, inspired by the way the Argentine plays, lighting up every pitch he graces.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This new boot represents a new generation in the Messi range and will worn by Leo Messi, the world&rsquo;s best player, on Saturday June 29th during the &lsquo;Messi and Friends&rsquo; tour. The new colourway of the boots is inspired by the way Messi plays at the &lsquo;speed of light&rsquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The new TURBO / BLAST PURPLE / WHITE colourway will stand out on the pitch as much as the legendary Argentine forward and, on recent form, are sure to clock up goal after goal on the scoresheet.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The new adizero&trade; f50 combines revolutionary technologies and precision engineering with every aspect of the boot design based around making the wearer as fast as possible on the football field. At only 165g, the adizero&trade; f50 is one of the lightest shoes on the market.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There are also a range of exciting online experiences as well as social media interactions and giveaways coming up. Fans will, once again, be afforded unprecedented access to the player through his exclusive range. His supporters can look forward to more details being announced on exactly how they can get involved in the near future.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To join the conversation fans can join Team Messi at facebook.com/teammessi or on Twitter @TeamMessi.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For further information please visit adidas.co.za/football, @adidasfootball or @adidasZA on twitter to join the conversation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2900Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:44:00 +0200New appointments in Technical Team <div>Ajax Cape Town has made a few changes in their backroom staffing ahead of the new season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The new appointment&rsquo;s is headed by the return of Ian Taylor to Ikamva. Ian is a familiar face at Ikamva having coached the AjaxCT U17, U19 and Reserve team&rsquo;s during his time at the club. He left Ikamva in January 2013 to take up the Head Coach position at Cape Town All Stars.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He joins the PSL technical team as an assistant-coach. Ian and David Nyathi will work as assistant-coaches to Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Head Coach, Muhsin Ertugral.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Another new appointment in the backroom of Ikamva is that of Sander Westerveld as goalkeeper coach. Westeveld made 42 appearances in goal for the Urban Warriors since signing for the club in 2011.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A new appointment has also been made in the Ajax Cape Town medical department. Jacques du Toit has been appointed as the club&rsquo;s Bio kineticist. Jacques worked as a Performance Enhancement Specialist focusing on football, rugby and Final Phase Rehabilitation at the Sports Science Institute. He has a BA (Hons) in Bio kinetics and is currently completing a &ldquo;Masters in Exercise Science&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2899Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:25:00 +0200Ajax kick-off against Arrows<p class="MsoNormal">The PSL have released a set of provisional fixtures for the 2013/2014 season and Ajax Cape Town look set to kick-off new season with a game away from home followed by a humdinger in their first home game.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Urban Warriors are scheduled to face Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates respectively with the latter being a home game.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In a head-to-head comparison with Arrows, AjaxCT lost the away game 2-0 however they redeemed themselves with a 3-0 home win in the return leg. In twenty games between these two teams AjaxCT edge Arrows with eight wins to Arrows five with seven draws.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In the first home game of the new season for Ajax Cape Town, the Urban Warriors host the Buccaneers at the Cape Town Stadium. This is one of the biggest games on the South African football calendar and local fans can expect an exciting game of football.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In away leg of this fixture last season, Orlando Pirates ran out 2-0 winners however Ajax Cape Town stunned Pirates with an attacking display of football at the Cape Town Stadium in the return leg on April, 10 earlier this year. Abia Nale, on loan from Kaizer Chiefs scored within seven minutes of the start to give AjaxCT the lead, Pirates fought back and took a 2-1 lead then Toriq Losper equalised in the 60th minute of the game to set-up a dramatic finish.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It was all AjaxCT in the closing stages of the game however Khama Billiat left his scoring boots at home and the game ended in a draw.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Shooz Mekuto the AjaxCT PRO said, &ldquo;We could not have asked for a more exciting start to the new season. We plan to start in the same manner that we finished off last season, playing attacking football, scoring goals and winning games.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Last season we got the better of Arrows at home and against Pirates in April we should have wrapped up that game before half-time.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Our players have returned, refreshed and ready to take on the new season.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2898Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:57:00 +0200Players report for duty<div>On Monday Ikamva&rsquo;s gates open to welcome the return of the Ajax Cape Town squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The players enjoyed a welcome break from the playing field, some revitalising themselves at holiday destinations near and far while a few select players returned early to report to the AjaxCT medical team for an assessment.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stefan van Neel, Lebogang Manyama, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Thato Mokeke, Musa Lebusa and Keagan Dolly are amongst a few who travelled to Gauteng for their vacation while Sean Roberts honeymooned in Greece, Lance Davids went to Belgium and Koen van Laak visited his home in Holland.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Local lads Granwald Scott, Travis Graham, Nazeer Allie, Aidan Jenniker, Toriq Losper, Abbubaker Mobara and Taariq Fielies remained in the Western Cape with Scott and Allie popping in at the gym at Ikamva. They were joined by Davids just before the season return.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Meanwhile Travis Graham conducted motivational talks in Capricorn Park, appeared on Hectic Nine9 and in a fashion-shoot for the Foshini Group magazine, &ldquo;The Man&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A few players also attended the opening of the Fives Futbal courts in Mitchells Plain.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Amongst the players returning on Monday are Cole Alexander, Nathan Gertse and George Akpabio. The trio were on loan to Chippa United and Vasco last season and return for the clubs pre-season training.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The players released for the new season are Paul Rusike, Wanderson Costa Viana, Sander Westerveld, Nhlanhla Vilakazi, Brandon-Lee Adams and Sici Selembe. &nbsp;Matthew Booth has decided not to take up the club&rsquo;s offer on the extension of his contract.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2897Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:13:00 +0200PSL announces new CEO<div>The PSL has announced Brand de Villiers as the organisation&rsquo;s new permanent CEO.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Villiers takes over from caretaker Cambridge Mokonyane, with the hope that his appointment will bring some stability to the league after the short tenures of the two previous bosses, Zola Majavu and Stan Matthews.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>De Villiers is qualified Chartered Accountant CA (SA), joining Vodacom in 1995 as Head of Expenditure before helping to establish Vodacom Sport and Entertainment (Pty) Ltd in 1998.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After initially joining Vodacom Sport and Entertainment Pty (Ltd) as Financial Director, Brand was appointed as MD of the company in 2001 following SAIL Group's acquisition of the company.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>In 2003, Brand was appointed as MD of SAIL Group and played a key role in the formation of the SAIL Group strategy and the subsequent delisting of the company in 2005.&nbsp;</p> <p>Text: MTN Football</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2896Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:23:00 +0200Booth bids farewell to AjaxCT<div>Ajax Cape Town will be without the services of Matthew Booth after the player decided not to take up the clubs offer on the extension of his contract.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Booth&rsquo;s contract comes to an end in June, and he has duly informed the club of his decision not to accept their offer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>George Comitis the AjaxCT CEO said, &ldquo;We are disappointed to lose the services of Matthew Booth. He played a crucial role in ensuring our survival in the relegation battle.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Matthew was a leader on and off the field, and he will be missed in the dressing room at Ikamva.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We offered Matthew Booth another year on his contract however due to family commitments he decided against taking up our offer. He indicated that he would like to stay with his family in Johannesburg and whether he plays for another club or not is his decision to make.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We would like to thank Matthew for his effort and commitment to the club and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Booth made his AjaxCT debut on Nov 18, 2011 against Supersport United, and played 40 games for the Urban Warriors, scoring five goals.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2895Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:17:00 +0200I will be ready - vd Laak<div>Koen van de Laak has assured MTNFootball that he will be back fit and ready for Ajax Cape Town next season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The midfielder spent the majority of his debut season with the Urban Warriors&rsquo; nursing several injuries in which he had to undergo knee surgery twice to repair his ITB and meniscus.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>And with such a long struggle to regain fitness, there were fears that the player could spend the 2013/2014 in a similar fashion.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Van de Laak, however, has been in contact with MTNFootball and says he will back in time for the club&rsquo;s preseason on June 24, and that Ajax can expect to see him more regularly for the 2013/2014 campaign.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 30-year-old spent his offseason back in his homeland of Holland, where he has been working on his recovery.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTN Football</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2894Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:03:00 +0200AjaxCT @ Capricorn Primary's Youth Day<div>The youth of South Africa celebrated Youth Day across the country; it was no different in a small part of Cape Town as the young people of Capricorn Park celebrated in the company of the South African Police Services, Paramedics and Volunteers from various service organisations.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Youth celebrations hosted at the Capricorn Park Primary School provided entertainment in the form of dancers, a live band, a DJ and joining them was Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s star midfielder, Travis Graham.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Graham was invited to give a motivational talk to the young and not so young in attendance; and he did so in fine fashion. Travis spoke at length about the importance of education, living a healthy life-style and achieving your life&rsquo;s goals. The young man received a warm applause from the young people attending the event.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Before leaving to celebrate the public holiday with friends and family, the AjaxCT star posed for photos as he greeted the AjaxCT fans at the Capricorn Park Primary School.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2893Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:56:00 +0200Nitrocharge your game and win!<div>We are giving away 2 pairs of Nitrocharge, the new and explosive energy-retaining football boots from adidas! 2 lucky fans will stand the chance to win a pair by telling us who they think was or currently is the all-time best Ajax Cape Town engine player?&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&lsquo;The Engine&rsquo; player is the archetypical footballer who is always first on the team sheet. The player who powers a team, running and tackling more, relentlessly and ferociously seeking chances from box-to-box over 90 minutes. The visually striking Nitrocharge is an evolution of adidas&rsquo; heritage in creating footwear to fit certain player types. The unique positioning of Nitrocharge has energy retention at its heart and has been designed specifically for &lsquo;The Engine&rsquo; player.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-family: AdiHaus; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 150%; text-align: justify;">Over the years Ajax Cape Town have produced a number of world class players who identify with the adidas Nitrocharge. Players who power the team, running, chasing, tackling relentlessly and ferociously, seeking chances from box-to-box over 90 minutes.</span></div> <div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify;line-height:150%"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:11.0pt; line-height:150%;font-family:AdiHaus;mso-fareast-font-family:PMingLiU">Which Ajax Cape Town player past or present identifies most with the Nitrocharge?&nbsp;</span><i><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:11.0pt; line-height:150%;font-family:AdiHaus;mso-fareast-font-family:PMingLiU"><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> </div> <div>Fans can enter the adidas &amp; AjaxCT Nitrocharge Boot Competition, Online or via Twitter&hellip;..</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>ONLINE: Email your entry to info@ajaxct.co.za with Nitrocharge in the subject-line, your name and selection for the best Engine player in the body and you could stand a chance to win one of 2 pairs of these ground-breaking new boots.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>TWITTER: Fans can re-tweet their vote using the <strong>#AjaxCT, #TheEngine</strong> and <strong>#adidas</strong> hashtags plus the name of your all-time favourite. Those fans that voted for the player that received the most votes, will be entered into the final draw from which the 2 winners are selected.</div> <p>Competition runs until Friday 28th June 2013.</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2892Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:19:00 +0200We ready - Igesundhttp://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2891Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:47:00 +0200Benni had it all - Comitis<div>Ajax Cape Town director John Comitis watched Benni McCarthy as a teenager and is well placed to explain what made him one of South Africa&rsquo;s greatest ever footballers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>MTNFootball: Thanks for your time John. What was your first memory of the recently retired Benni McCarthy?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>John Comitis: It was him in a Seven Stars kit playing out wide with this incredible knack of never losing the ball and lifting me off my seat every time he got the ball!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>What do you think made Benni a special player?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He was a complete footballer and by the Ajax Amsterdam scale of judgment &ndash; the TIPS method - Benni had it all: Technique, insight, personality and speed!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>What was Benni&rsquo;s involvement in helping the formation of Ajax Cape Town?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We took Benni on loan from Seven Stars to our club at the time, Cape Town Spurs, and we immediately turned him into a striker. In his second game away to Kaizer Chiefs he scored twice and we beat them 2-1 &ndash; the rest was history!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When he left with Rob Moore to go overseas, a guy from PAOK (Greek top flight team) called me and offered $400k to have him in 1997. I passed this onto Rob, but Rob had bigger plans and got him on trial at Ajax Amsterdam and what better scenario than to have three to four clubs bidding while you are negotiating.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This is what happened at Ajax and Rob and Seven Stars made a great transfer! This opened the negotiating table for Rob to get Amsterdam to consider a global expansion strategy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was also their new vision considering they had just listed on the stock exchange and were looking for new ventures for their brand. Without Benni Ajax Cape Town would not have happened!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>How important has he been for SA football?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town has revolutionised the landscape of professional football in SA &ndash; in being first to many aspects that changed the face of the PSL.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Things like arriving at games in luxury buses, players dressed in suit and tie, starting a website and the first Proudly South Africa club. Then there is the obvious &ndash; the development of youth! So of course Benni has made a huge impact on our football industry.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Did he go as far as his talent could have taken him in world football?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>You can&rsquo;t go much further than a Champions League final and a goal in that for FC Porto. But Benni deserved a Man United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal or Liverpool season! Not due to a lack of ability, but it just didn&rsquo;t roll for him.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Will we see another striker in our country as good as Benni?</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When I watch the U13 Ajax CT team I see one or two, but what happens in the next five years is where SA football fails these kids!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To the extent that I now want to start sending these kids with their whole family to live in Europe from this young age and get into the system early.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Like versus Like competition is not enough at youth level so Ajax&rsquo;s success in youth development needs other competitive clubs! Benni McCarthy did everything he despite all of this!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTN Football</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2890Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:01:00 +0200Comitis cautious on DC findings<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s CEO George Comitis has responded with caution as to the findings of the PSL DC who found Mabhudi Khenyeza guilty to the charges brought before him and banned the player from football for 12 months.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Comitis said, &ldquo;We have read the report of the PSL DC and we are regrouping with our lawyers to plot the way forward on this matter.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2889Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:26:00 +0200Kick 'n Learn program hits Sea Point High<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Community Scheme concluded a six-week Kick&rsquo;n Learn program at Sea Point High. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Kick&rsquo;n Learn program usually concentrates on primary schools in the disadvantaged communities of the Western Cape; however we have also now targeted the Model C schools from more affluent communities to afford them the opportunity.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Community Scheme was approached by Georgina Protoulis, a teacher at Sea Point High, to see if they could help address the poor discipline in her class. &nbsp;The class were seen by all teachers as a rowdy group who lacked respect. &nbsp;Of course Ajax Cape Town jumped at the opportunity as enforcing respect and good discipline amongst the youth is what we do best.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each week Community Coaches Riyaad Khan and Fezile Camagu visited the school to conduct the one hour session. &nbsp;They began proceedings with a 30 minute motivational talk which discussed topics such as respect, discipline, self-confidence and determination. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To the amazement of all staff the students were engaged, respectful and thoroughly enjoying their lesson. &nbsp;As a reward for their good behaviour they were then taken outside to their stunning artificial 5 a-side fields where they competed in a 5-a-side TNT comprising of six teams playing one game a week on a round robin basis.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Bradley Nama said the programme had changed his views for the better. &nbsp;&ldquo;I learnt a lot in terms of respecting my teammates, opponents, teachers and most importantly myself,&rdquo; he said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dylan Hendricks agreed, saying the professionalism displayed by the two Ajax Cape Town Community Coaches was awesome and they gave us a deeper meaning of Respect. &nbsp;&ldquo;It is great to see a top football team give back to youngsters like us with more than just football. &nbsp;I am firmly now a true Ajax fan,&rdquo; he said.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Riyaad Khan Ajax Community Scheme co-ordinator said it was an absolute pleasure working with the learners of Sea Point High School. &nbsp;&ldquo;I hope the valuable lessons we spoke about are implemented and the improved behaviour continues even now that we have finished. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>These kids really are great ambassadors for the school and I am sure will continue to make the school proud,&rdquo; he concluded.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2888Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:24:00 +0200AjaxCT drawn in Group A<div>Ajax Cape Town has been drawn in the same group as Mamelodi Sundowns and Lucky Stars in the 2013 Nike Manchester United Premier Cup. The tournament will be played from 7, 8, 9 June 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The draw held at the Nike Football Training Centre in Klipspruit, Soweto earlier today created a stir when the two PSL big guns were drawn in the same group.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The remaining team in Group A is Rosina Sedibane Sports School.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Group B comprises of Supersport United (2012 Runner Up), &nbsp;Diambars Football Academy (JHB qualifier), SAFA Transnet School of Excellence (JHB qualifier) and Izichwe FC from Kwa-Zulu&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The first fixture of the tournament will be played today at 15:00 between Supersport United vs Diambars Football Academy.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2887Fri, 07 Jun 2013 13:07:00 +0200Three loan Players set to return<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that three players loaned out last season will return to Ikamva for at the start of the Urban Warriors pre-season training.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>George Comitis the AjaxCT CEO said, &ldquo;All our players who were on loan last season are returning to Ikamva for 2013/2014&rsquo;s pre-season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cole Alexander, Nathan Gertse and George Akpabio (all on loan to Vasco) will be returning to the club ahead of the new season; however we will not be renewing the contracts of Brandon-Lee Adams and Sici Selembe who spent last season on loan to Vasco.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have also decided not to renew Paul Rusike&rsquo;s contract with Ajax Cape Town came to an end this season, we have decided not to take the option of the year extension and he will be free to find a club of his choice. &nbsp; &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Also released are Nhanhla Vilakazi and Sander Westerveld, whose contracts have come to an end. Vilakazi has since signed for Maritzburg United.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2886Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:49:00 +0200Local football Icon retires <div> <div>Benni McCarthy&rsquo;s retirement from football brings to an end the career of South Africa&rsquo;s most successful player.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>From humble beginnings McCarthy&rsquo;s rise in football saw him enjoy an impressive career that took him from Hanover Park on the Cape Flats to the biggest football stages in Europe. The crowning glory of which was lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy with Porto in 2004, after he scored the winning goal against Manchester United with a glancing header from outside the penalty area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>McCarthy&rsquo;s journey began on the Cape Flats, at Young Pirates then Crusaders FC before he dazzled the crowds in the colours of Seven Stars at the Langa Stadium, scoring 38 goals in 56 appearances.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During the transition of Seven Stars and Cape Town Spurs to Ajax Cape Town, Benni played for Cape Town Spurs between 1995 and 1997 and was signed by Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam in 1997 just before the formation of the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At Ajax Amsterdam, he won the Eredivisie (1997-98) and KNVB (1997&ndash;98, 1998&ndash;99) Cup Titles. In 1998 he signed for Celta Vigo in Spain then in 2001 he was loaned to Porto FC and under the newly-appointed coach Jos&eacute; Mourinho, McCarthy rise to football prominence took flight. He went on to win the Portuguese League title twice, the Portuguese Cup and Supercup (twice), the Intercontinental Cup and the UEFA Champions League under &quot;The Special One&quot;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2006 moved to the English Premiership where he signed for Blackburn Rovers then for West Ham United in 2010.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At Blackburn, Benni scored 52 goals in 140 games in all competitions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2011, Benni returned home to South Africa where he signed for Orlando Pirates, and silverware soon followed. Pirates won the ABSA Premiership, MTN 8, the Telkom Knockout and Carling Black Label trophies during his time at the club.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the international front McCarthy represented South Africa at U23 and Bafana levels. He made his full debut senior against the Netherlands in 1997 and was the joint top scorer in the 1998 African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>At the 2000 Olympics games, McCarthy was in the South African U23 Olympic team that beat Brazil&nbsp;</div> <div>3-1.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Benni was instrumental in Bafana&rsquo;s 1998 FIFA France World Cup campaign when he scored the equalizer against Denmark to give his team hope of qualifying for the second round; unfortunately Bafana exited the tournament after finishing in third place in their group.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>McCarthy was selected for Bafana&rsquo;s 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign in South Korea/Japan where he scored the equalizer against Spain but still ended on the losing side at full time. A draw against Paraguay and a win against Slovakia was not enough to see the South Africans through to the second round and Bafana was once again eliminated from the competition.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Without a doubt McCarthy is one of South Africa&rsquo;s greatest footballers with an impressive honours list.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Benni McCarthy Honours:</strong></div> <div><strong>Club;</strong></div> <div><strong>Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands)</strong></div> <div>Eredivisie: 1997&ndash;98</div> <div>KNVB Cup: 1997&ndash;98, 1998&ndash;99</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Celta Vigo (Spain)</strong></div> <div>UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2000</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Porto (Portugal)</strong></div> <div>Portuguese Liga: 2003&ndash;04, 2005&ndash;06</div> <div>Portuguese Cup: 2005&ndash;06</div> <div>Portuguese Supercup: 2003&ndash;04, 2004&ndash;05</div> <div>UEFA Champions League: 2003&ndash;04</div> <div>Intercontinental Cup: 2004</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Orlando Pirates (South Africa)</strong></div> <div>Premier Soccer League: 2011&ndash;12</div> <div>MTN 8: 2011&ndash;12</div> <div>Telkom Knockout: 2011&ndash;12</div> <div>Carling Black Label Cup: 2012</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>International:</strong></div> <div>80 caps, 31 goals</div> <div>Joint top scorer in the 1998 African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2885Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:10:00 +0200All set for the Manchester United Premier Cup<div>The Ajax Cape Town U15 team will defend their 2013 Nike Manchester United Premier Cup title, from 7, 8, 9 June 2013 and the Urban Warriors is looking forward to the challenge.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The tournament will be hosted by the Soweto Local Football Association at the Nike Football Training Centre in Klipspruit, Soweto.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Eight teams qualified to participate in the tournament are;</div> <div>1. Ajax Cape Town (2012 Champion)&nbsp;</div> <div>2. Supersport United (2012 Runner Up)&nbsp;</div> <div>3. Mamelodi Sundowns FC (NIKE Team)&nbsp;</div> <div>4. Lucky Stars FC (CPT qualifier)&nbsp;</div> <div>5. Diambars Football Academy (JHB qualifier)&nbsp;</div> <div>6. Rosina Sedibane Sports School (JHB qualifier)&nbsp;</div> <div>7. SAFA Transnet School of Excellence (JHB qualifier)&nbsp;</div> <div>8. Izichwe FC (KZN qualifier)&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A draw will be held at the team briefing on Friday 07 June where the teams will be drawn into two groups of four. Each team will play every other team in their group once; the final log position of each team will be determined by the number of points won after the group fixtures are completed.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Where teams are level on points in their group, the following will determine the log position</div> <div>1- Most goals scored;&nbsp;</div> <div>2- The result of the group match between the teams concerned; then&nbsp;</div> <div>3- By the taking of kicks from the penalty mark.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The top two teams in each group will then qualify for the semi-finals. Based on their rankings, the teams will play as follows:&nbsp;</div> <div>Semi-Finals: The team positioned first in Group A will play against the team positioned second in&nbsp;Group B; and the team positioned first in Group B will play against the team positioned second in&nbsp;Group A.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The winners of these matches will then qualify to play in the Final; with the losers of each game playing for 3rd and 4th position.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Placing matches: The team positioned third in Group A will play against the team positioned third in Group B for the overall 5th and 6th position, while the team positioned fourth in Group A will play against the team positioned fourth in Group B for the overall 7th and 8th position.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There will be no extra time played, with teams going straight into penalties if there is no winner at the end of game in the semi-finals; finals and placement games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2884Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:17:00 +0200Youth weekend update<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Youth Academy once again produced a set of stunning results over the past weekend, culminating with a victory against Maties on Monday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The youngsters at Ikamva scored a collective nine goals conceding only two in five games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Saturday morning the AjaxCT U12&rsquo;s kicked off the day with a 1-0 against Atlantic National followed by the AjaxCT U13&rsquo;s 4-0 win over neighbours Vasco.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday&rsquo;s games were concluded with 1-0 wins for the AjaxCT U15 and U17 teams against Vasco in a series of Parow derbies.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Finally, in the last national 2nd Division game of the season; Ajax Cape Town beat Maties 4-2 on a cold Monday evening with goals from Taahir Ganga(2), Simphiwe Mqandu(1) and Charlton Basson(1) to complete the Urban Warriors unbeaten streak at the weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2883Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:47:00 +0200Ajax closes in on Davids<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that the club is in the closing stages of finalizing the contract of Lance Davids.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>George Comitis the AjaxCT CEO said, &ldquo;The club has finalized negotiations with Lance Davids and his agent. We are waiting for board approval to formalise the deal.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lance returned to Ajax Cape Town in January, 2013 from Lierse S.K. to help the club beat the relegation battle. He made 10 appearances for Ajax since his return, captaining the team in the last games of the 2012/2013 season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2882Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:36:00 +0200Ajax to beef-up defence<div>Robyn Johannes will be training with Ajax Cape Town for the pre-season after a lengthy period out of action due to injury.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>George Comitis said, &ldquo;We are looking to beef up our central defence therefore we are looking at all our options.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Robyn will be training with the team during the pre-season and we are hoping that he impresses enough for the club to make him an offer. We are also talking to the agent of the Scottish international, Andy Webster.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Webster&rsquo;s contract with Heart of Midlothian came to an end this season and the player is looking for a new club.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2881Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:17:00 +0200RIP Pypies and Mark<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Ajax Cape Town lost two Warriors last week with the passing of Mark Reif and Stephen &ldquo;Pypies&rdquo; April.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Mark Reif passed away on Wednesday, Mark was an avid Ajax Cape Town supporter who followed the team where-ever they played or held a signing session. He was also instrumental in facilitating the services of the MiCiti bus from Tableview, often driving in his own time to ensure that the AjaxCT supporters arrived safe and on time at the Stadium.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Mark was such an avid supporter that he had an &ldquo;AjaxCT&rdquo; corner in his home profiling his collection of AjaxCT memorabilia.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Steven &ldquo;Pypies&rdquo; April passed away Saturday morning; the news was shocking to many Urban Warriors who knew him. Pypies was a founding member of the AjaxCT Elsies River Supporters branch.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Mark Kulp said, &ldquo;If it was not for &ldquo;Pypies&rdquo; we would not have had people like Gladys (Westbury, JHB) and many others supporting Ajax Cape Town. He wore Red and White every day and as a mark off respect, mourners are requested to Red and White at his funeral.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">He will always be remembered by his robust support for AjaxCT in the stands and everywhere he went.&rdquo; &nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">The funeral arrangements for Mark Reif are as follows;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Date: Friday May 31, 2013</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Time: 09h30,&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Venue: View Church, cnr Wood Drive and Blouberg Road, Tableview.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">The funeral arrangements for Steven &ldquo;Pypies&rdquo; April are as follows;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Date: Sat 01 June, 2013</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Time: 08h00</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Meet at 07h45 at No 3 Watford Str Elsies River.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Parking: at the AjaxCT Elsies River Supporters Branch clubhouse.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Like Gavin Ebden said, all fans in full AjaxCT regalia....</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Mark and Pypies were familiar faces in Block 116 and they will be missed.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Ajax Cape Town would like to extend their heartfelt condolences to the Families of Mark Reif and Stephen &ldquo;Pypies&rdquo; April. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">Aaaahhhhooooo Warriors Aaaahhhhoooo!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;"><br /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="line-height: 18.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;</span></p> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2880Wed, 29 May 2013 15:37:00 +0200Ajax Experience Coaching Clinics in June<div>Ajax Cape Town is hosting their Ajax Experience Coaching Clinics at Ikamva during the first week of the June Holiday Clinics.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax Experience Holiday Clinics at Ikamva affords all participants an exclusive Ajax Cape Town Experience at a world class football facility where all can enjoy the advantages only afforded to Ajax Cape Town players, giving them a sneak view of what the life of a professional football player is all about.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The kids at the holiday clinic are allocated Ajax Cape Town kit to train in, dressing rooms and training equipment; in fact they are the Ajax Experience for the duration of the coaching clinic.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During the training sessions they are put through their training drills by the Ajax Cape Town Community coaches who are adept at working with young players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The holiday clinics is held over two days and the players also enjoy their meals and refreshments in the same environment as the Ajax Cape Town PSL team</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the 2nd day the parents &amp; children who participated are requested to congregate in the Ajax Lounge where the participants of the Ajax Experience Coaching Clinics will be presented with a certificate and goodie bag.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Each child must please bring their own soccer boots (if they don't have boots then takkies) and shin guards (if they have). We will provide fruit and juice for their mid-morning break as well as lunch.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We only have 100 places available per clinic therefore pre-booking is essential; please note that no bookings can be made on the day.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All bookings and queries must be addressed to RiyaadK@ajaxct.co.za</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Registrations for the June Holiday Clinics close on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 at 17h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Clinic details:</div> <div>Age Group: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 6 -10 year old: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Monday, 24th June &amp; Tuesday, 25th June 2013</div> <div>Age Group: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 10 - 15 year old: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Wednesday, 26th June &amp; Thursday, 27th June 2013</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Time: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;09h00 to 15h00&nbsp;</div> <div>Venue: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Ikamva, Parow</div> <div>Cost: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; R 280.00 per child&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2879Wed, 29 May 2013 11:42:00 +0200Latest player update<div>Ajax Cape Town has been busy securing a number of their star player&rsquo;s signatures ahead of the new season, strengthening their squad ahead of the transfer window that opens on June 01, 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors have already secured the services of Keagan Dolly and Toriq Losper and the club is expecting to finalize the paperwork on Mabhudi Khenyeza, Lance Davids and Matthew Booth&rsquo;s new offers soon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT CEO George Comitis has reiterated his earlier statement that Billiat and Manyama are staying at Ikamva despite interest from other clubs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;We plan to strengthen the team ahead of the new season signing players for specific positions that have been identified by the club.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have released Wanderson from his contract and the players is set to resume his career in Europe.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2878Tue, 28 May 2013 12:27:00 +0200Dolly signs a three-year deal<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that the club has exercised their option to a three-year extension on Keagan Dolly&rsquo;s contract.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Dolly signed for Ajax Cape Town in 2011 and played for the reserve side before his promotion to the PSL team in 2012. He has since made 12 appearances in the AjaxCT jersey with eight starts and 4 substitutions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Keagan&rsquo;s contract was due to expire in June 2012 however despite not making the starting line-up in the closing months of the 2012/201 season; the player impressed enough to secure a three-year deal with the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Profile: Keagan Dolly</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nationality:&nbsp;South African<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>Date of Birth:&nbsp;22 January 1993<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>Age:<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>19</div> <div>Place of Birth:&nbsp;Westbury, Johannesburg</div> <div><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>Position:&nbsp;Attacking Midfielder</div> <div>Jersey Number:&nbsp;28</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Youth Career<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></strong></div> <div><strong>Previous Clubs:&nbsp;</strong></div> <div>Westbury Arsenal (Johannesburg)&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy (from 2012)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Honours:</strong><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>2012 Eurovoetbal Tournament 2nd Place<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>2012 Copa Amsterdam 4th place<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>2011 VBRL Champions</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2876Mon, 27 May 2013 14:42:00 +0200Booth on new contract<div>Matthew Booth has been offered a new contract with the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The tall defender played a crucial role in the club&rsquo;s battle to stay in the top flight making 23 appearances in the Red and White. Last season he played 17 games, scoring 5 goals a great statistic for a defender.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not been an easy year and as you know my contract expired at the end of the season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There is a new contract on the table, I had a meeting with the club&rsquo;s directors and the contract was discussed.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My body is not young anymore, first I am going to take a break and spend some time with the family.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The season has been a long hard haul, physically and mentally draining.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Booth was a member of the Cape Town Spurs team from 1994 to 1998. He played for Mamelodi Sundowns from 1999 - 2002, before moving to play Russia after a brief spell in England.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Matthew made his debut for South Africa on 20 February 1999, against Botswana at the Cosafa Castle Cup. He was capped 37 times scoring two goals for Bafana.&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2875Fri, 24 May 2013 14:51:00 +0200Khenyeza offered a two-year deal<div>Ajax Cape Town can confirm that the club is in talks to secure the signature of Mabhuti Khenyeza.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT striker was offered a new two-year deal that will keep him at Ikamva until 2016.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mabhuti joined Ajax Cape Town on a short term contract to help the club in their battle to avoid the relegation battle and he responded in deadly fashion. The striker scored seven goals in 12 games in an AjaxCT shirt with five goals in the last four games under Muhsin Ertugral.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite the media speculation that he would leave the club upon Ertugral&rsquo;s arrival, the player stayed and flourished under the Turks management.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>George Comitis the AjaxCT CEO said, &ldquo;Khenyeza was a key player in our last four games and we are keen to secure his services.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have offered Mabhuti a new two-year deal, and as the player is a free agent in principle he has agreed to the terms of the contract.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2874Thu, 23 May 2013 10:52:00 +0200AjaxCT plans for new season<div>Ajax Cape Town CEO George Comitis spoke to AjaxCT .com about the clubs plans for the new season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Comitis said, &ldquo;We have spoken to Billiat, Manyama, Booth and Khenyeza about their future at Ikamva.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have offered Khenyeza a new two-year deal, the player is a free agent and has agreed to the terms of the contract. We are confident that all the paperwork will be sorted out shortly.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As for Billiat and Manyama, they are staying at Ikamva despite interest from other clubs. Both players played crucial roles in the battle to stay in the PSL.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have also offered Matthew Booth a new contract and he has indicated that he is happy to stay at Ikamva.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The club is looking at a number of players as recommended by our technical team in order to strengthen the squad. We know that a number of clubs are interested in our players however we also have to ensure that Ajax Cape Town is a competitive team next season.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2873Thu, 23 May 2013 10:24:00 +0200adidas unveils the Nitrocharge<div>Nitrocharge boot created especially for &lsquo;The Engine&rsquo; Player&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Herzogenaurach, Thursday 16th May 2013 &ndash; last night adidas unveiled Nitrocharge, a brand new energy-retaining football boot designed for the next generation of footballer that follows the legacy and successes of the existing iconic predator, adipure &amp; f50 ranges.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nitrocharge is the first new adidas boot silo since the release of the hugely successful f50 range in 2004. &nbsp;Stars such as Messi, Villa and Benzema have made their names in the f50 and adidas now looks to a new set of world class footballers to rise to the top in the revolutionary Nitrocharge boot.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The visually striking Nitrocharge is an evolution of adidas&rsquo; heritage in creating footwear to fit certain player types. The unique positioning of Nitrocharge has energy retention at its heart and has been designed specifically for &lsquo;The Engine&rsquo; player, the archetypical footballer who is always first on the team sheet; the player who powers a team, running and tackling more, relentlessly and ferociously seeking chances from box-to-box over 90 minutes.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>'The Engine&rsquo; is a player adidas has recognised and actively sought to engage with over the last two years. Now, following a partnership with football statisticians Opta, an algorithm has been developed from which player performances can be analysed to determine how well they suit &lsquo;The Engine&rsquo; role.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Nitrocharge boot realises a range of new technologies that when combined will innovate the way &lsquo;Engines&rsquo; play the beautiful game: &nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>The eye catching ENERGYSLING arches over the boot and supports sidecut and turn movements to sharpen reactions on the pitch</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>The sole plate of the boot contains a zig-zagging ENERGYPULSE, inspired by spring technology, &nbsp;with high-elastic material at its heart, providing premium energy during the off toe phase of sprinting</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>A Protection mesh layer around the foot and Protection pads around the most sensitive tackle zones such as the Achilles tendon also feature in the boot</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Compatible with the adidas miCoach SPEED_CELL, players can measure on-pitch performance and focus on improvement over time</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The boots will be released in a dramatic blue and yellow colour way. The new Nitrocharge boot is available for purchase in South Africa from the 20th May 2013 in blue beauty f10 / running white / electricity and will be worn on-pitch by &lsquo;Engine&rsquo; players Daniele De Rossi (A.S. Roma), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint Germain) and Javi Martinez (FC Bayern Munich).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Recommended Retail Price: R799.00 for entry-level and R1, 999.00 for top-end ranges.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Available at: Concept (adidas Performance) stores, football specialists and selected retailers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For further information please visit adidas.co.za/football or go to facebook.com/adidasfootball or @adidasZA on twitter to join the conversation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2871Wed, 22 May 2013 13:16:00 +0200Copa Champions return tonight<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s championship winning team arrives at the Cape Town International Airport on Wednesday 22 May at 21h45 with the Copa Amsterdam Championship title firmly in their grasp.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Copa Amsterdam is an annual tournament played over the Pentecost weekend in Amsterdam and attracts the top U19 teams from across the world.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Participating teams included; AFC Ajax, Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach, Chelsea Ghana, Men United, Cruzeiro EC, Fluminense, Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors beat-off an impressive list of &nbsp;international youth teams in the 2013 Aegon Copa Amsterdam to secure the title; Chelsea Ghana 1-0; AFC Ajax 0-0, Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach 1-1; Fluminense 1-0 (semi-final).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town went on to beat title favorites, Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach 5-4 on penalties in the final after the scores were tied at 2-2 at full time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We invite you to join Ajax Cape Town as they welcome home the 2013 Copa Amsterdam Champions.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2870Wed, 22 May 2013 09:52:00 +0200Ajax need to win silverware - Ertugral<div> <div>Muhsin Ertugral has advised Ajax Cape Town to plan for the successful future of the club and start the new season with the right players, players who can play the Ajax Cape Town brand of football.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;Everyone at Ikamva and the at Ajax Amsterdam need to sit down and plan for the future of this club. Ajax Cape Town cannot find them in this situation again.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town is not a team that play relegation football; they are club that needs to compete for silverware.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They have a great youth development and facilities; the admin is also top-class.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It&rsquo;s very important for South African football that Ajax Cape Town does well every year.&rdquo;</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2869Tue, 21 May 2013 13:03:00 +0200Aegon Copa Amsterdam Champions - AjaxCT<div>Ajax Cape Town is the 2013 Aegon Copa Amsterdam Champions, beating Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach 5-4 on penalties in the final after the scores were tied at 2-2 at full time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The ninth edition of the Aegon Copa Amsterdam was played in wet and rainy conditions that soaked the field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As early as the third minute, M&ouml;nchengladbach created the first scoring opportunity but Nickel&rsquo;s shot at goal was more like a back-pass.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The opening stanza of the game was hampered by the wet conditions; persistent rain fell throughout the game affecting the smooth passing-game of both teams.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;Ajax Cape Town settled quickly and created four attempts at goal. M&ouml;nchengladbach fought back and the Germans were dangerous via Reitz, but his free kick was parried by the AjaxCT goalkeeper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town broke the deadlock with a quick counter-attack when a cross into the penalty area found Wesson who scored the opening goal.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The field conditions deteriorated as the game continued, continuous rain made underfoot conditions muddy with water puddles forming in patches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>M&ouml;nchengladbach&rsquo;s players grew frustrated as the game continued; the AjaxCT defense held firm and thwarted their every attack</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wesson almost doubled his tally for the game but his shot at goal flew just wide, the miss proved costly when M&ouml;nchengladbach equalized with five minutes left on the clock.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The tension amongst the players was tangible as extra time loomed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT were quick out of the starting blocks in extra-time when James scored; his free-kick from 30 yards flew into the back of the net. The Urban Warriors lead was short-lived, M&ouml;nchengladbach equalized via Lynda to send the game into the dreaded penalty shoot-out.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach and Ajax Cape Town matched each other kick-for-kick; however the Germans missed their two penalties in the sudden death.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The bench of the Urban Warriors erupted in delight when AjaxCT scored their second penalty; the AjaxCT players ran towards their fans and dived into the muddy pitch as they celebrated their win.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2867Mon, 20 May 2013 19:19:00 +0200AjaxCT in Copa final<div>Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach and Ajax Cape Towing have qualified for the final of Aegon Copa Amsterdam 2013. The final battle of the tournament in the Olympic Stadium takes place at 4PM on the program.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cruzeiro was beaten by M&ouml;nchengladbach in the first semi-final today. The Brazilians lead through Rodrigo Dias and sat back defending their lead, but the Germans fought back. Marlon Ritter equalized for Borussia and minutes later it was 2-1 via Kevin Holzweiler.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>M&ouml;nchengladbach continued pressing and that resulted in a second goal by Ritter in the last second of the game (3-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The biggest surprise of the day was the result of the second semi-final; Ajax Cape Town beat Fluminense, 1-0 with a goal by Michael Kwong.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The South Africans won in an interesting duel of Fluminense, who had won all their games in the group stages.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Brazilians were the better team in the opening stages of the game but the AjaxCT goalkeeper Aphiwe Mhlongo played the game of his life.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town scored soon after halftime, through Michael Kwong (1-0). Fluminense threw everything into their attack, storming towards the goal of Mlongo. Fluminense had several great opportunities however after being reduced to 10 men via a red card in the closing stages of the game Ajax Cape Town held onto their lead to qualify for the final against M&ouml;nchengladbach.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fight to place three and four will go between the Brazilian clubs Cruzeiro at 15.00 and Fluminense. The two played against each other in the pool phase and when Fluminense won 1-0.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2866Mon, 20 May 2013 15:21:00 +0200AjaxCT, a Copa crowd favourite <div>It's 12h00 in the afternoon. Cruzeiro comes just got back from their game against Men United. The Brazilian team won, 4-0, the biggest score so far on the day.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A dressing room away Ajax Cape Town is preparing for their game against AFC Ajax A1, a kind of derby.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the South Africans dressing room it&rsquo;s quiet. The players are preparing for their game against AFC Ajax, discussing the game amongst each other.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Remarkably the reserve goalkeeper of Men United, Stijn Walloon enters the AjaxCT dressing room. He is impressed with the South Africans, especially the atmosphere in the team, as they start singing to build the team spirit ahead of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Walloon joins in, quickly picking-up the repetitive words. He said, &ldquo;At first it was difficult however I got used to the songs. I only sing along when they call the same ten times in a row. Then I clap in synch with the players&quot;, It seems that the goalkeeper is not missed by his teammates of Men United.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Walloon says, &quot;I'm rather at home with the Capetonians.&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The song and dance is a ritual at all the clubs in South Africa. It begins with one player and to the whole team joins in within a few minutes. The Dutch described it as &ldquo;With loud cries and handclaps, they want to terrify the opponent.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Team manager Kevin Rowell opens the dressing room door, and the players sing louder and dancing around each other. &quot;Let the opponents hear! That works,&rdquo; laughs Rowell.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The boys are very close friends. Midfielder Bantu Mzwakali starts the song in the middle of the group and leads the players in song.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Rowell said, &quot;Bantu starts the song with a loud shout and the rest of the players follow him, repeating his lines.&quot;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The players accentuate their song by stomping on the ground and waving their hands. It&rsquo;s very impressive as the players dance around the dressing room. The ground vibrates.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Team supervisor Dylan Lenters is impressed. He is only briefly with the AjaxCT team yet he still gets goose-bumps of the scenes before the game. He said, &quot;I'm sure the opponents feel nervous. The AjaxCT players do not do it because they must, watch those happy faces but. It is a casual atmosphere.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game against Ajax A1 ended in a goalless draw and later the afternoon, AjaxCT played to a 1-1 against Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach to reach the semifinal of the 2013 Copa Amsterdam.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach play Cruzeiro and Ajax Cape Town play Fluminense in the semi-finals of the 2013 Copa Amsterdam.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2865Mon, 20 May 2013 10:29:00 +0200Ajax Awards 2012 - 2013<div>Ajax Cape Town honoured their players at their 2012/2013 Awards evening held at the Pigalle restaurant in Green Point on Sunday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pigalle restaurants award winning dining experience has defined itself as a glamorous venue for every occasion. Pigalle has defined itself as the epitome of fine dining in a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Players and Staff mingled as they enjoyed cocktails on arrival, before moving into the event venue.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The MC kicked-off the evenings Awards presentation by introducing the AjaxCT CEO, George Comitis who presented an overview of the 2012/2013 season and promised that a much improved AjaxCT will take the field in the new season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After a sumptuous dinner, the AjaxCT CEO announced the individual award winners as follows:</div> <div>Rookie of the Year &ndash; Toriq Losper</div> <div>Top Goal Scorer &ndash; Mabhuti Khenyeza</div> <div>Sportsman of the Year &ndash; Thulani Hlatshwayo</div> <div>Urban Warrior of the Year &ndash; Max Grunewald</div> <div>Player of the Year &ndash; Matthew Booth</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Award winning players and select staff conducted media interviews followed by a photo-session, and then everyone enjoyed the remainder of the evening dancing to the house DJ.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2864Mon, 20 May 2013 01:03:00 +0200Ajax start Copa on winning note<div>The first day of the ninth edition of Aegon Copa Amsterdam was played on a cold, cloudy day with games of AFC Ajax1, Fluminense, Men United and Ajax Cape Town pulling in the crowds.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town won their first match in Pool A of the 2013 Copa Amsterdam played at 16h00 today in the Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors beat Chelsea Ghana 1-0.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town created the scoring chances early in the first half with Tashreeq Morris scoring the only goal of the game, finding the back of the net from the penalty spot.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town top the Pool A log after the first day, Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach beat AFC Ajax1 1-0 in the other Pool A game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Results Day One; 2013 Aegon Copa Amsterdam</strong></div> <div><strong><br /> </strong></div> <div><strong>Saturday May 18, 2013</strong></div> <div>13H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>AFC Ajax 0 - 1 Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>14H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Tottenham Hotspur 0 &ndash; 0 Cruzeiro EC<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>15H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Men United 0 - 2 Fluminense<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>16H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax Cape Town 1- 0 Chelsea Ghana</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Fixtures for tomorrow are;</strong></div> <div><strong><br /> </strong></div> <div><strong>Sunday May 19, 2013</strong></div> <div>11H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Fluminense v Tottenham Hotspur<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>12H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Cruzeiro EC v Men United<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>13H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax Cape Town v AFC Ajax<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>14H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Chelsea Ghana v Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>15H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Fluminense v Cruzeiro EC<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>16.00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Men United v Tottenham Hotspur<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>17H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>AFC Ajax v Chelsea Ghana<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>18H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax Cape Town v Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday May 20, 2013</strong></div> <div>11.00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (7 v 8)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>12H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (Semi-Final 1)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>13H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (Semi-Final 2)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>14H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (5 v 6)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>15H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (3 v 4)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>16H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (1 v 2)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>17H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Copa Amsterdam Awards Presentation<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2859Sat, 18 May 2013 21:33:00 +0200Khenyeza's brace secures Ajax win<div>Two goals from Mabhuti Khenyeza clinched a 3-0 victory over Golden Arrows in Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s last game of the ABSA Premiership&rsquo;s 2012/2013 season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Toriq Losper scored the other goal shortly after replacing Manyama in the second half.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors, needing a point from their last game of the season to steer clear of the relegation battle got off to a great start when Khenyeza slotted home the opening goal as early as the ninth minute of the game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A good passing move down the right flank, starting at right back with Cecil Lolo ended when Billiat played the ball to Khenyeza who made no mistake from close range.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Arrows took the game to AjaxCT after the opening goal, enjoying the bulk of possession as the Urban Warriors defended their lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT played counter-attacking football and the ploy almost paid off with Manyama, Billiat and Khenyeza leading the Ajax attack, on the stroke of halftime Manyama played the ball into the path of Khenyeza but unfortunately the pass did not find its intended target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later, Billiat beat the off-side trap as he ran onto a pass from Shaba but he could not find the back of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wanderson replaced Nale at the start of the second half, and he was in the thick of the action soon after coming on when he broke clear of his marker and played the ball to Khenyeza who looped his shot just wide at the far post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 65th minute Arrows created an opportunity to equalize but Musonda&rsquo;s shot at goal flew high and wide.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game came to life in the 72nd minute when Losper scored from close range from Khenyeza&rsquo;s cut-back.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Khenyeza finished off the afternoon with his second goal on the day, scoring from a Davids cross to secure all three points on offer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town (1) 3 (Khenyeza 9&rsquo; 88&rsquo;, Losper 72&rsquo;)</div> <div>Golden Arrows 0</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax: Westerveld, Lolo, Booth, Hlatshwayo, Jenniker (Mokeke 83&lsquo;), Davids, Billiat, Shabalala (Losper 70&lsquo;), Manyama, Nale (Wanderson 46&lsquo;), Khenyeza</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Arrows: Mngoma, Sikhakhane, Musonda, Madonsela, Bilankulu (Seanago 90&lsquo;), Sithole, Tom, Mkhize (Nguzana 58&lsquo;), Zulu, Ntuli, Smith</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2858Sat, 18 May 2013 20:19:00 +0200We rely on ourselves - Ertugral<div>Ajax Cape Town will be aiming for all three points when they host Golden Arrows at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday, 18 May 2013, kick-off at 15h00.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In their last PSL game, away to Maritzburg United, Ajax recorded a 1-1 draw away from home and now need just one point to secure their top flight status.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite their position on the log, AjaxCT have been rejuvenated under the guidance of Muhsin Ertugral who has guided the Urban Warriors to two draws and a victory over the PSL Champions, Kaizer Chiefs. The Ajax mentor will be looking to finish off the season with nothing less than a home victory.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral said, &ldquo;We are not depending on other teams to do us a favour on Saturday, we need to do the job ourselves.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I know what the players are capable of, and if you look at this squad there is a real quality about them, Thato Mokeke is in my opinion a quality player, we also have Booth, Shabalala, Davids, Billiat, Nale and Khenyeza to name just a few.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our preparations have gone well and the return of Shaba and Abia Nale could not have come at a better time&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There is a good blend of youth and experience in the side. At training they just want to go forward, I cannot hold them back; but I have spoken with the players and if we use our attacking prowess correctly we can do the job on Saturday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I believe that we will come away with nothing less than the three points on offer. We are aiming for a win.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the head to head stats Ajax is ahead of Arrows, with nine victories in 25 games between the two and nine draws. Ajax beat Arrows five times at home with just one defeat in twelve games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors is looking to finish the season on a high and only a victory will sweeten an other-wise unpleasant season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2857Fri, 17 May 2013 15:24:00 +0200Fair play for all - Comitishttp://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2856Fri, 17 May 2013 13:01:00 +0200We want to win the Copa - Davids<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s youngsters landed safe in Amsterdam team ahead of the start of their Copa Amsterdam campaign. They play their first game against Chelsea Ghana, at 16H00 on Saturday, May 18.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors arrived in Holland on Tuesday morning and immediately set about preparing for the 2013 Copa Amsterdam tournament with a friendly against OVC21. The Ajax youngsters, in their bid to impress their coaching staff shrugged off their jet lag and beat a local team 6-2 in a friendly.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For the past week the players, under the direction of Mahieer Davids and David Kannemeyer were put through their paces in preparation for the tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Davids said, &ldquo;We are not going to Amsterdam for a holiday we plan to win this tournament. In previous years we did well to finish third (2007) and fourth (2012).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A number of our players have played in European tournaments before and they know what to expect from teams there. A number of our players played in the 2012 Eurovoetbal and 2012 Copa Amsterdam.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This team has been together for a long time, playing together in the local National 2nd Division and in the recent Metropolitan Premier Cup.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have also included two PSL players in Travis Graham and Abbubakar Mobara, to our squad and their experience of playing in the top-flight will be crucial to galvanising our team when the competition gets tough.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Last year Mobara played for Ajax Amsterdam in this tournament and we will draw on that experience.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 2013 Copa Amsterdam fixtures are as follows;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pool A: AFC Ajax, Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach, Chelsea Ghana en Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>Pool B: Men United, Cruzeiro EC, Fluminense, Tottenham Hotspur.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Saturday May 18, 2013</strong></div> <div>13H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>AFC Ajax v Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>14H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Tottenham Hotspur v Cruzeiro EC<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>15H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Men United v Fluminense<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div><em><strong>16H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax Cape Town v Chelsea Ghana</strong></em><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Sunday May 19, 2013</strong></div> <div>11H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Fluminense v Tottenham Hotspur<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>12H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Cruzeiro EC v Men United<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div><em><strong>13H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax Cape Town v AFC Ajax</strong></em><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>14H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Chelsea Ghana v Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>15H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Fluminense v Cruzeiro EC<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>16.00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Men United v Tottenham Hotspur<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>17H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>AFC Ajax v Chelsea Ghana<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div><strong><em>18H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax Cape Town v Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach</em></strong><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday May 20, 2013</strong></div> <div>11.00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (7 v 8)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>12H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (Semi-Final 1)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>13H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (Semi-Final 2)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>14H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (5 v 6)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>15H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (3 v 4)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>16H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (1 v 2)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>17H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Copa Amsterdam Awards Presentation<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2854Fri, 17 May 2013 10:18:00 +0200AjaxCT planning ahead - Comitis<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s CEO George Comitis has revealed that the club is planning ahead for the new season on Ajax Action, Good Hope FM earlier today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax CEO said, &ldquo;We planning ahead for next season, having already spoken to Muhsin and we have set the date for the start of our pre-season camp.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors will be camping at altitude for their pre-season training and we are looking at other options.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Our fans can expect a few new additions to the squad, and as always we are looking at specific players.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There are a number of factors to look at as we look forward to the new season but first we must win all three points against Golden Arrows on Saturday.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2853Thu, 16 May 2013 13:43:00 +0200Saturday is D-Day<div>It&rsquo;s do or die for Ajax Cape Town on Saturday afternoon when they play their final Absa Premiership fixture against Golden Arrows to see whether they can secure PSL safety.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are not out of the woods just yet, as their road to survival took another turn for the worse when they drew 1-1 to Maritzburg United last Saturday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Now, with just one more league game remaining, they have to make sure they come out victorious in order to avoid falling into the relegation play-off spot.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Their next venture will take them to Athlone Stadium, at 15h00 (CAT) against Golden Arrows, in a battle which sees 14th placed Ajax take on the team just one position above them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Muhsin Ertugral will be sure that he won&rsquo;t let the task slip by him without putting out a well fought battle and he will no doubt be thoroughly preparing his Warriors for the encounter.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Several injuries are still a concern in the camp, as they have Nazeer Allie, Koen van de Laak and Ndumiso Vezi still side lined with the latter having been hit by a car on his way back from training last week.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTN Football</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2851Wed, 15 May 2013 16:45:00 +0200Graham & Mobara off to Amsterdam<div>Two of Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s future stars will miss the last game of the season after they flew to Amsterdam on Monday evening for the 2013 Copa Amsterdam tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Travis Graham and Abbubaker Mobara have been included in the tour squad that includes the bulk of Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s successful Metropolitan Premier Cup team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Copa Amsterdam is an international tournament that attracts the cream of youth football worldwide</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Graham and Mobara are said to be the new stars of the Urban Warriors, playing PSL football at 20 and 19 years old respectively.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Graham made ten starts with two off the bench in the PSL this season while Mobara, only recently drafted in the professional side made one appearance off the bench.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2850Wed, 15 May 2013 10:04:00 +0200AjaxCT leaves for the 2013 Copa Amsterdam<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s U19 team leaves this evening for Amsterdam to compete in the 2013 Copa Amsterdam football tournament.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Copa Amsterdam is a premier youth tournament that takes place annually, attracting the best youth clubs of the world.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 2013 Copa Amsterdam takes place at the historical Olympic Stadium that hosted the 1928 Summer Olympics, from the 18th to the 20th of May 2013. The tournament originated in 2005 and has since attracted a number of top clubs from all over the world.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This year Ajax Cape Town will be competing against Tottenham Hotspur, Cruzeiro EC, Fluminense FC, Men United, Chelsea Ghana, Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach and Ajax Amsterdam football Clubs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Men United is a squad of the best 24 amateur players in the Netherlands and they will be coached by Ronald de Boer, a Dutch football legend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2012 Champions Cruzeiro FC will again be defending their title, having previously participated in 2006 and 2008.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town made their debut in this competition in 2007, finishing a credible third and in 2012 the Urban Warriors finished fourth.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The 2013 Copa Amsterdam fixtures are as follows;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Pool A:</strong> AFC Ajax, Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach, Chelsea Ghana en Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div><strong>Pool B:</strong> Men United, Cruzeiro EC, Fluminense, Tottenham Hotspur.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Saturday May 18, 2013</strong></div> <div>13H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>AFC Ajax v Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>14H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Tottenham Hotspur v Cruzeiro EC<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>15H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Men United v Fluminense<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div><strong>16H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax Cape Town v Chelsea Ghana</strong><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Sunday May 19, 2013</strong></div> <div>11H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Fluminense v Tottenham Hotspur<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>12H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Cruzeiro EC v Men United<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div><strong>13H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax Cape Town v AFC Ajax</strong><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>14H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Chelsea Ghana v Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>15H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Fluminense v Cruzeiro EC<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>16.00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Men United v Tottenham Hotspur<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>17H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>AFC Ajax v Chelsea Ghana<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div><strong>18H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Ajax Cape Town v Borussia M&ouml;nchengladbach<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Monday May 20, 2013</strong></div> <div>11.00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (7 v 8)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>12H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (Semi-Final 1)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>13H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (Semi-Final 2)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>14H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (5 v 6)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>15H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (3 v 4)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>16H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span> (1 v 2)<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>17H00<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Copa Amsterdam Awards Presentation<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2849Mon, 13 May 2013 15:34:00 +0200All for One, One for All - AjaxCT<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s fans travelled to Pietermaritzburg to watch their team play a crucial away game against Maritzburg United on Saturday, arrived back in Cape Town late on Sunday evening buoyed by their experience on the road.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Before their departure, the fans watched Muhsin Ertugral put the players through their drills at training, and posed for photos.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT fans were greeted by Ajax staff, including the AjaxCT CEO George Comitis who boarded the bus before it left to wish the fans well ahead of the road trip.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mark Kulp said, &ldquo;The atmosphere on the bus was great; everyone enjoyed themselves, singing songs and having a good time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The spirit was on the bus was very high as we travelled to Durban, for the first-timers they realised how much they missed out. The &ldquo;old-boys&rdquo; spoke about the club, telling the &ldquo;newbies&rdquo; about the history of the club, past players, the road-trips with the team to league games and cup finals etc.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fans left behind in Cape Town kept in touch with those on the bus via phone calls, facebook, what&rsquo;s-up and BBM; wishing they were with on the bus.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On arrival at the Harry Gwala stadium the reception from the players at the Stadium was great, they acknowledged our presence and we saluted them as if we were at our home ground. Cheering their every move and when AjaxCT scored the goal we drowned-out the opposition&rsquo;s fans, beating our drums, cheering for our team and of course the siren wailed endlessly.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Even though it was raining, the fans showed their passion by supporting the players throughout the 90-minutes. We sat in the open-stand and everyone banded together as one.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Local Durbanites expressed interest in the AjaxCT fan club; even offering to purchase AjaxCT fan merchandise off the backs of the Urban Warriors offering high prices for the scarves, jackets and jerseys etc.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Now we looking forward to the last game of the current season against Golden Arrows next Saturday at the Athlone Stadium; then we will focus on the new season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I would like to thank all the fans that went on the trip for making it a pleasurable one.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We would also like to thank Springbok Atlas for looking after us.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2848Mon, 13 May 2013 11:54:00 +0200Ajax, Maritzburg share points<div>Ajax Cape Town came from behind to share the points in their game against Maritzburg united at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The point kept Ajax three points clear of Chippa United and five points clear of Black Leopards who are rooted at the base of the ABSA Premiership standings.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United took the game to AjaxCT in the opening stanza, Smeekes came close to scoring the first goal of the game in the eighth minute but he headed Ruben Cloete&rsquo;s cross over the cross bar.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Maritzburg United took the lead in the 28th minute of the game when Smeekes scored from inside the penalty area from a Malajila pass.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT fought back with Shu-aib Walters the busier of the two keepers, saving shots from Khenyeza and Mokeke in quick succession followed by a great save to deny Khama Billiat on the stroke of halftime.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>United almost doubled the score-line just after the break when Smeekes took advantage of a defensive error, however Westerveld made the save.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town equalized in the 65th minute via a Khenyeza goal, after Walters failed to hold onto a Manyama scorcher allowing Mabhuti to hit the back of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town plays Golden Arrows in their last game of the season at the Athlone Stadium on May 18. Kick-off is at 15h00</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2847Sat, 11 May 2013 23:34:00 +0200You can't hold this team back - Ertugral<div>Muhsin Ertugral arrival at Ikamva a few weeks ago seems to have injected a new vigour into the dressing room.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There is an air of expectancy from the Ajax mentor that has rubbed off on the players and they showed that when they comprehensively beat the current log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, 3-2 at the Cape Town Stadium in his first game on the bench.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Looking at training the players are keen to impress the AjaxCT Head of Technical.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral said, &ldquo;I have a feeling that you can&rsquo;t hold this team back. They want to go forward so we got to look from a technical point of view at what to do; when to do it and guide them to execute the game plan.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There is a whole energy in the team, the self-confidence, the performance of the players and the way they are responding at training is fantastic.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2846Fri, 10 May 2013 15:23:00 +0200Ertugral wary of United<div>Muhsin Ertugral is taking every precaution to ensure that his charges are well prepared to face Maritzburg United on Saturday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With the relegation battle not yet decided the Urban Warriors are not out of the woods yet, and winning three points in Pietermaritzburg will be crucial to the AjaxCT cause as they look to steer clear of the battle to stay in the PSL.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral said, &ldquo;It was a fantastic win against Chiefs but we need to look forward, we are not done yet.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Maritzburg United is an organised team; they have individual players like Dillon Shepherd and Delron Buckley who they look to for games like these because they have loads of experience.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It is vital for United to win the game and we know that, but the way in which my team is responding at training and their understanding of what we want to do with them at training is in my opinion, great.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game kicks off at 15h00 at the Harry Gwala Stadium.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2845Fri, 10 May 2013 15:03:00 +0200Ajax suffer a setback<div>Ajax Cape Town suffered a setback ahead of their departure later today for the crucial game against Maritzburg United with the news that Ndumiso Vezi will not be travelling with the squad.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Vezi was knocked down yesterday while returning home after visiting a friend. He suffered injuries to his leg and arm, and is currently being cared for at a local private hospital.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Travis Graham will replace Vezi in the Ajax Cape Town squad for this game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2843Fri, 10 May 2013 11:13:00 +0200Keeper conundrum at Ikamva<div>Ajax Cape Town is faced with a keeper conundrum ahead of their game against Maritzburg United at the weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are racing to get Sean Roberts ready for the game, he reported to the AjaxCT medical department after the Chiefs game with a sore neck. Roberts was upended during the Chiefs game while challenging for the ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Muhsin Ertugral said, &ldquo;We will continue to monitor Sean&rsquo;s progress, we have a number of options and will make a decision later this week.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the wings at Ikamva are Sander Westerveld, Stefan van Neel and Brandon Petersen. Van Neel and Westerveld are the strongest contenders to make the cut however a new face has recently appeared on the AjaxCT bench, Brandon Petersen.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Petersen was drafted into the PSL squad by Ertugral and was on the bench for the game against Kaizer Chiefs. He has made great progress since his arrival at Ikamva and won the Metropolitan Premier Cup Goalkeeper of the Tournament.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2836Wed, 08 May 2013 12:22:00 +0200AjaxCT fans travel to Maritzurg<div>Ajax Cape Town fans have confirmed their journey to Maritzburg in a mission to secure the much needed 3 points for the team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The buses will leave Ikamva on Friday Morning arriving in Maritzburg on Saturday before Lunch time. The Urban Warriors Faithfull will return immediately after the game arriving in Cape Town late on Sunday afternoon.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information please contact: Mark Kulp at 021 930 6001 or 072 545 9029 e-mail: markkulp1@gmail.com</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2835Wed, 08 May 2013 09:31:00 +0200AjaxCT prepares for United<div>Muhsin Ertugral will continue his push in keeping Ajax Cape Town out of the relegation zone by preparing for their next fixture against Maritzburg United on Saturday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors took a brave step in securing their safety last Wednesday evening, when they stunned Kaizer Chiefs with a 3-1 demolition to delay their title celebrations.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Now, they will look to continue on the positive path Ertugral has laid out since his return to the club.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They will use this week to undergo their usual training and preparation, all while hoping to recover the likes of Koen van de Laak and Nazeer Allie in order for them to be ready for the next outing.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Friday, Ajax are expected to head out to Maritzburg where they will take on The Team of Choice on Saturday at the Harry Gwala Stadium, with kick-off at 15h00 (CAT).&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTN Football</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2834Mon, 06 May 2013 19:50:00 +0200Tyson is back<div>Ajax Cape Town have been boosted by the return of Thulani Hlatshwayo after the defender served his two game suspension for receiving a red card during the Ajax Cape Town v Bidvest Wits game at the Athlone Stadium on April 20, 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tyson&rsquo;s return to the squad will be welcome by Muhsin Ertugral as he prepares the team for a crucial game away to Maritzburg United.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are short of defenders after Aiden Jenniker limped off the field during the Chiefs game forcing Ertugral to re-arrange his last line of defence, his replacement Mosa Lebusa gave a good account of himself, and could be pushing for the left-back berth against United.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Also in doubt is the return of club captain, Nazeer Allie. Allie has been missing from the starting line-up recently and the AjaxCT technical team is monitoring his progress carefully to ensure that he is able to give 120% on his return.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2833Mon, 06 May 2013 16:01:00 +0200Champions 2013, Ajax Amsterdamhttp://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2831Sun, 05 May 2013 16:51:00 +0200Manyama credits team for Chiefs win<div>Lebogang Manyama credits the win over Kaizer Chiefs to hard work and sticking to the Ajax game-plan set out by Muhsin Ertugral.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town convincingly beat the PSL front runners, Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 at a packed Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax striker was full of praise for Muhsin Ertugral after the Urban Warriors crushed Chiefs, he said, &ldquo;We knew what we had to do.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was not an easy game but we stuck to our game plan as laid-out by Muhsin.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chiefs are leading the title chase by virtue of the type of football they are playing and we had to be sure not to give them the space they needed.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We worked on our defensive and attacking strategies and it worked. Muhsin encourage me to get forward and my teammates worked hard to give me the ball at the right moments in the game.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The win moved Ajax Cape Town six points clear of Leopards and three clear of Chippa United but the Urban Warriors know they are not out of the relegation battle as it goes down to the wire.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax travel to Maritzburg United on May 11 for their crucial encounter against United; before returning to Cape Town to play Golden Arrows at the Athlone Stadium on May 18 with kick-off at 15h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2830Thu, 02 May 2013 16:19:00 +0200Scott out for the season<div>Granwald Scott is set to miss the rest of the season after he sustained a knee injury during the AjaxCT v Chiefs game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warrior anchor-man sustained the injury after a challenge by former AjaxCT midfielder Willard Katsande early in the first half of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Scott left the field shortly afterwards and watched the remainder of the game from the bench with on crutches his leg in a brace.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Grandwald played an integral part in AjaxCT this season making 25 starts scoring two goals. Scott was selected to captain the side at the start of the season but relinquished his armband to Nazeer Allie to concentrate on his duties in the middle of the park.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto said, &ldquo;Losing the services of Granwald Scott is a blow but as we saw last night his replacement Toriq Losper did very well.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2829Thu, 02 May 2013 12:52:00 +0200Ajax sink Chiefs<div>A Lebogang Manyama brace was finished with a Mabhuti Khenyeza goal to give Ajax Cape Town a 3-1 win over the PSL front runners Kaizer Chiefs at a packed Cape Town Stadium earlier today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Although Chiefs enjoyed the bulk of the possession, clinical finishing from an Ajax CT side determined to beat the relegation battle was the crucial factor in this epic game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Billiat came close to opening the scoring within the first few minutes of the game when he fired at goal from just outside the box only to see Khune palm the ball wide of his goal-post.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors lost the services of Granwald Scott halfway through the first half, Losper replaced him and he immediately set about running at the Chiefs defence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chiefs came back at AjaxCT and in the 22nd minute of the game Tshabalala played a cut back in the path of Lebese at the near post but the Chiefs striker fired his shot into the stands.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors hit back in the 35th minute of the game when Billiat played a square ball into the run of Manyama on the penalty spot and the Ajax CT striker made no mistake, chipping the ball over a diving Khune to give Ajax CT a 1-0 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The opening stanza of the second half saw both teams create shots at goal however both sets of goalkeepers kept the ball out of their net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT kept possession, slowing the game down and attacking on the counter. They kept their shape and used the width of the field to good effect.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chiefs kept the pressure on the Ajax defence with long balls into the AjaxCT goal area; however the combined efforts of Booth and Mokeke nullified their aerial attack.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax was forced to make their second change when Aiden Jenniker came off to be replaced by Mosa Lebusa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Losper almost pulled a goal back for Ajax when he met a perfect Manyama cross with a header, Khune kept Chiefs in the game when he palmed the ball away and minutes later Lolo found space out wide on the right and raced at the Chiefs goal unleashing a shot at the near post, Khune just managed to keep the ball out.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Chiefs fans breathed a sigh of relief after the match official waved play-on after Khenyeza was brought down in the penalty area.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The visitors drew level in the 77th minute, Mashamaite latched onto a Shaba corner to score the equalizer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The pace of the game increased as the game progressed with tackles flying in from both sides.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Manyama doubled the Ajax tally three minutes from time with a header from close range.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Buoyed by the goal, Ajax played probing balls through the Chiefs defence and Khenyeza sealed the result in AjaxCT&rsquo;s favour when he beat Khune to give Ajax a 3-1 lead deep into extra time.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Manyama was selected as the ABSA Man of the Match.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2828Wed, 01 May 2013 21:51:00 +0200Booth a Warrior<div>Newly appointed Ajax Cape Town coach praised Matthew Booth for his warrior like display during the Chippa United game, suggesting the National team would be better off with four of him in defence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The towering defender played a crucial part in keeping Chippa at bay during Saturday&rsquo;s 1-1 draw at Philippi Stadium, despite having suffered a major gash to his head which required stitches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;I am tremendously happy to see Matthew performing under the circumstances. He had eleven stitches after the game and having such a player like him makes me happy,&rdquo; said Ertugral on Monday afternoon.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The incident happened when Booth collided in a first half challenge with Benjani Mwaruwari.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Booth&rsquo;s insistence to play out the remainder of the game has rewarded him with a heap of praise from his new coach, who suggested he was the &lsquo;reason why we survived&rsquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;He has the character and the heart. If South African football had four Matthew Booths then Bafana Bafana would be in a different position.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;That heart and ambition the boy has makes me very happy- it is also the reason why we survived.&rdquo;</div> <p>Text: MTN Football</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2827Wed, 01 May 2013 11:24:00 +0200Suspensions hit Ajax<div>Ajax Cape Town have been hit with more suspensions for their match against Kaizer Chiefs with Abia Nale the latest to be added in the mix, but Lance Davids and Granwald Scott return.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors were already without the midfield duo in their 1-1 draw to Chippa United on Saturday evening in Philippi, but both are expected to return following their one-match bans.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In addition, Ajax were also without the services of Thulani Hlatshwayo in defence, which resulted in Aiden Jenniker making a rare appearance for the team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tyson, as he is known by his teammates, was shown red during Ajax&rsquo;s 2-0 loss to Bidvest Wits two weeks ago and is expected to serve the second part of his two-match suspension against the Amakhosi on Wednesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If that wasn&rsquo;t bad enough, they will be without their talisman Nale.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Kaizer Chiefs loanee has been one of the few positives in the Ajax camp of late and will now have to watch the game from the sidelines after being dismissed with two yellow cards against Chippa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His sending off was the third red card in the month of April for Ajax, with Mabhuti Khenyeza being sent off against Mamelodi Sundowns and Hlatshwayo dismissed against Wits.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Text: MTN Football</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2826Wed, 01 May 2013 11:15:00 +0200Ajax v Chiefs preview<div>Ajax Cape Town will be looking to dent Kaizer Chiefs&rsquo; Absa Premiership title bid when the teams clash at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, 1 May 2013, kick-off at 17h00.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax saw their winless streak in the league extended to four matches when they played to a 1-1 draw away to local rivals Chippa United on the weekend.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape side has recorded four wins, six draws and three defeats from their 13 home matches so far this season. The Urban Warriors are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 24 points from 27 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chiefs played to a third draw from their last four league matches when they were held 0-0 by Platinum Stars on Sunday. The Soweto giants have a fine away record this season: seven wins, five draws and just one defeat from 13 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Amakhosi are placed first on the Absa Premiership log with 56 points from 27 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Chiefs have met in 27 league matches since 1999/2000.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Amakhosi have claimed eleven wins compared to seven for the Urban Warriors, while nine matches have been drawn.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town has a good home record against Chiefs with five wins, five draws and three losses from 13 matches.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When the teams met earlier this season, Chiefs romped to a 3-0 home win thanks to goals from Parker, Gaxa and Tshabalala.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fans at the Cape Town Stadium can expect a great game of football as both teams play and exciting brand of attacking football.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There will be much interest in the tactic and line-ups of the teams on display and with Muhsin Ertugral on the AjaxCT bench, Ajax Cape Town may just trump the visitors at their own game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2825Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:25:00 +0200Derby ends all square<div>Ajax Cape Town held on to draw 1-1 with Chippa United despite a late onslaught from the home team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT took the lead early in the first half when Billiat raced clear on the left and found Khenyeza with a pin point cross into the penalty area, the Ajax striker made no mistake to give the Urban Warriors a 1-0 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax continued to apply the pressure on the home team throughout the first half but they could not double their lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game took an unexpected turn in the second half when Abia Nale was shown his second yellow card after he fouled James Okwuosa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Reduced to 10 men the Urban Warriors held their ground, even when Matthew Booth was forced to leave the field after suffering head wound.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chippa United took advantage of the extra man and they pushed forward in numbers in search of the equaliser.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The tactic paid-off when Qalanto latched onto Mwaruwari pass, and found the back of the net from close range.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chippa United continued to attack in numbers but they could not break through a resilient Ajax defence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2824Sun, 28 Apr 2013 01:47:00 +0200It's going to be War - Ertugral<div>Never before has a Cape Derby meant so much, with survival in the PSL at stake local fans are about to witness the game of the decade at Philippi Stadium on Saturday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town needs to win this game to ensure their survival in the top flight and their management moved swiftly by appointing Muhsin Ertugral.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral is aware of the task ahead and wasted no time, using the earliest opportunity to fine-tune his chances on the training field yesterday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He said, &ldquo;This team has the quality to survive in the PSL, if I did not believe that I would not have been here. I believe in this club and the players.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax has always played attacking football and we going for a win from this game. We are not going to wait for Chippa to come at us instead we are taking the game to them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Nice football means nothing of you don&rsquo;t win, winning the three points on offer takes precedence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I know it&rsquo;s going to be a tough game, in fact it&rsquo;s going be war out there.&rdquo; concluded Ertugral</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2822Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:14:00 +0200Ertugral faces Derby poser<div>Muhsin Ertugral will be faced with his first poser this weekend when he puts pen to paper selecting his team for the Cape Derby.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He will have to exclude Lance Davids and Granwald Scott after the pair collected their fourth yellow card and Thulani Hlatshwayo who was red carded in their last game against Bidvest Wits on April 20th.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape Derby is set to be a thriller and Ertugral would have preferred to have any one of the trio available for the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the positive side is that the rest of the squad is fighting for a place in the starting line-up knowing that this is the most important game of their season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the AjaxCT PRO said, &ldquo;There is a new energy on the training field, as Muhsin put the players through their paces.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral had the players on the training field soon after arriving at Ikamva, in fact we had to drag him from the training session to attend the PSL pre-match press conference yesterday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape Derby is going to be a cracker of game.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2821Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:04:00 +0200Khenyeza rift is history - Ertugral<div>Newly appointed Ajax Cape Town Head of Technical, Muhsin Ertugral says his past rifts with Mabhuti Khenyeza is history and has labelled him as a &lsquo;professional&rsquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ertugral, responding to a question from the media regarding his past history with the player said, &ldquo;First and foremost, Mabhuti is a professional and so am I. There are no egos involved here.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT Head of Technical drew a comparison between his relationship with Mabhuti to that Sir Alex Ferguson and David Beckham.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Football is an emotional game and we are both professionals in what we do and we resolved all our issues a while back.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2820Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:12:00 +0200Ertugral returns to AjaxCT <div>Ajax Cape Town confirmed the appointment of Muhsin Ertugral as their Head of Technical at a PSL Press Conference earlier today.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;At a time where the club finds itself in a precarious league position, we have decided to enhance our technical team as much as possible by appointing someone who has vast experience in the local football market and who can add tremendous value wherever possible.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town management believes that once we secure our PSL standing for this season we will be in a position to re-assess our squad and put together a strong force for the future&rdquo; conclude AjaxCT CEO, George Comitis.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The club also announced that David Nyathi will assist Ertugral for the rest of the season. Nyathi recently coached the AjaxCT U19 team to the 2013 Metropolitan Premier Cup Championship, he also won the &ldquo;Coach of the Tournament Award&rdquo;.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2819Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:08:00 +0200Jan Versleijen resigns<div>Jan Versleijen has resigned as the Head Coach of Ajax Cape Town with immediate effect.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Versleijen said, &ldquo;I would like to thank the club for the opportunity afforded to me and I wish the club and its supporters the very best with their current challenge in saving relegation and its future.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2818Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:05:00 +0200AjaxCT at 5's Futbol Century City Launch<div>Ajax Cape Town has accepted an invitation from Fives Futbol to attend and participate in the launch of the new Fives Futbol Courts at Canal Walk, Century City.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fives Futbol was launched in October 2010. Fives is played on all purpose, synthetic grass, and floodlit facilities. It can be played in all weather conditions, any time of the day, all year round.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fives Futbol promises to provide a high quality Five-a-Side Futbol experience for South Africans.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fives Futbol have already established fives courts at the Hellenic Club, Green Point; at the Waterfront (opp Audi Centre), at the Sunningdale Sports Centre, the Promenade Mall Mitchells Plain and now Century City.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Fives Futbol Century City Launch takes place on Thursday 25th April, from 4pm &ndash; 7:30pm 25th April 2013 at the Fives Futbol Century City courts &ndash; Mercantile Rd, Century Boulevard, Century City. Fives Futbol, will have two dedicated courts for 5-a-side soccer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>As part of the evening&rsquo;s celebrations an AjaxCT 5-a-side team will play against a local Celebrity/Media team. The following AjaxCT players may be included in AjaxCT team fivesfutbol team: Lance Davids, Granwald Scott, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Stefan Van Nee and Wanderson Costa Viana.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The full team list will be announced soon.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2817Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:56:00 +0200Limited tickets available for Chippa game<div>Ajax Cape Town plays Chippa United in a crunch-match at Philippi Stadium on Saturday Night at 20h15. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It will be the first time the Cape Derby will be played at Philippi Stadium that has a capacity of only 3 500.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For a local derby the venue seems too small for the occasion, especially if you consider what is at stake for both teams.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>With four games to go and with twelve points up for grabs, Ajax Cape Town will take any points on offer from this game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tickets are already on sale at all Computicket outlets and AjaxCT have made a number of tickets available at the Ajax Fanshop, Ikamva for all the AjaxCT fans who would like to join the Urban Warrior Army matching to Philippi on Saturday.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tickets sales is subject to availability and it will be first come first served as the number of tickets are limited due to the capacity of the Stadium.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For more information or to book your tickets please contact Mark Kulp at; 072 545 9029.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2816Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:42:00 +0200Claasen leaves Lierse FC<div>Former Ajax Cape Town midfielder, Daylon Claasen has bid farewell to Lierse FC last week.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Although Claasen&rsquo;s contract with Lierse FC ends in June the player has indicated that he will not be signing a new contract with the Belgian side.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Claasen, an Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy product was promoted to the professional ranks in 2006 and in 2008 he made the move to Ajax Amsterdam. After two years with the Dutch giants, Claasen moved to Lierse where he made 54 appearances.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>His move to Amsterdam was the catalyst for his national team selection and he has since made 7 appearances. Daylon was recently included in the Bafana squad ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Central African Republic at the Cape Town Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The club thanked him for his dedicated service over the last three years and wished him well for the future</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Claasen bid farewell to the fans at Lierse FC fans in a statement dated April 18, 2013 on the clubs website;&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Dear Supporters,Lierse and I have today reached an agreement to terminate my contract.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was an honour to play for Lierse and their supporters. I want to thank everyone at Lierse for the past three years; coaching staff, players, back room staff, and the supporters.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Lierse was the first club which gave me the opportunity to play at the highest level in Europe.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I have had a lovely time in Lier and have felt at home here.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The three seasons that I've played here were not easy but in that period my colleagues and I have been able to enjoy the support of you supporters, and I'm unbelievably thankful to you all for that. &nbsp;I wish Lierse the very best for the coming seasons.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I'm happy that I've been part of the Lierse family, and have contributed to some fine moments, such as my goal in the derby against Mechelen FC.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It's now time to take a new step in my career. Lierse has done a lot for me, and I will always look back with pleasure and pride at my time in Lier.</div> <div>Bye, Daylon.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2815Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:58:00 +0200"We were impatient" - Versleijen<div>Ajax Cape Town coach Jan Versleijen admits his side started to get impatient during their 2-0 loss to Bidvest Wits on Saturday evening and believes that the pressure of relegation football is too much to ask of his youngsters.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors slumped to yet another Absa Premiership defeat on Saturday evening, losing 2-0 to Wits and sentencing them back into the relegation zone.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>And with Ajax sitting in less than a favorable position on the log, Versleijen admits the pressure is getting high, citing they got impatient against Wits.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The situation we are in, and with a few games to go, the pressure is getting high and that is when you need to force things. The moment you need to force things there is also a risk you lose your balance,&quot; expressed the coach.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The way we started was clear- we started with four strikers. The message was we wanted to win the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Wits gave us a few opportunities but when you are not getting a goal it works against you. At the moment Wits scored their goal we knew we had to take more risks.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We started to get more impatient. After the second goal and with the red card it was a difficult to change the game.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors introduced three new signings in January in order to help them with their relegation scrap, and the Dutchman feels that it is unfair on his youngsters to have to deal with the pressure of relegation football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The reason why they were brought in was to bring more experience to the team. When I started here I used young players and we played better football because they are a little bit more talented,&quot; he added.&ldquo;To put all the weight of the relegation football on the shoulders of the young players it is too much to ask. That is why the older ones are meant to carry that weight and bring you the right results.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Text MTN Football&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2814Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:21:00 +0200AjaxCT suffer a setback<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s battle to steer clear of the relegation zone suffered a set-back when they were beaten 2-0 at the Athlone Stadium in Saturday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game was a free flowing affair in the first half with Granwald Scott forcing Emile Barron, in goal for Wits to make a crucial save in the opening stanza of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits also created chances of their own, Mzikayise Mashaba curled his shot at goal just wide of the target then Westerveld was forced to make a diving stop to deny Faty Papy.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Minutes later Ryan Chapman blasted his shot wide of the near post.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game swung from end to end with both sets of defenders holding their ground.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the closing stages of the first half, AjaxCT created a few openings with a header from Mabhuti and shot from close range from Abia Nale, unfortunately the opportunities failed to penetrate the Wits defence.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Manyama almost broke the deadlock in the eighth minute, however it was Wits who opened the scoring in the 10th minute of the second half when Ryan Chapman netted from a Sibande&rsquo;s cross to give Wits the lead.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Within a minute AjaxCT almost equalized but Nale&rsquo;s shot flew just wide.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits scored their second goal in the 81st minute when Langwe headed home Papy&rsquo;s cross.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The home team was reduced to 10 men when Thulani Hlatshwayo was sent-off after he was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Faty Papy.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2812Sun, 21 Apr 2013 01:06:00 +0200AjaxCT look to bounce back<div>Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits will both be looking to bounce back from midweek Absa Premiership defeats when they meet at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday, 20 April 2013, kick-off at 20h15.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax have claimed four points from their last three league matches, with their last outing a 2-1 away defeat at the hands of Black Leopards.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape Town team has record four wins, six draws and suffered just two defeats from their 12 home matches so far this season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors are placed 14th on the Absa Premiership log with 23 points from 25 matches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Wits saw an unbeaten run of six matches come to an end with a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Platinum Stars in midweek.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Johannesburg team has recorded three wins, five draws and four losses from their 12 away matches so far this season.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Clever Boys are placed sixth on the Absa Premiership log with 34 points from 25 matches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Wits have met in 25 league matches since 1999/2000.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Cape side has claimed eight wins compared to seven for the Johannesburg team, while 10 matches have been drawn.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax have recorded five wins, four draws and three losses from their 12 home matches against Wits.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When the teams met earlier this season in Johannesburg, they played to a goalless stalemate.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>text: MTN Football &nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2811Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:33:00 +0200Youth season kicks off<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s Youth Academy kicked-off their season in winning fashion.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The young Urban Warriors, after weeks of preparation reeled in a string of victories against the Hellenic Academy however the AjaxCT U17&rsquo;s came unstuck against a determined U19 Milano side, losing 3-0 at Ikamva on Friday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Saturday, Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s U12 kicked off their season with a 6-0 over &nbsp;Sunningdale FC, meanwhile at the Sandrift Sports Fields the AjaxCT U13 beat Hellenic U13 2-0, AjaxCT &nbsp;U15 beat Hellenic U15 2-1, AjaxCT U1&rsquo;s beat Hellenic U17 2-0.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Across the Peninsula on Sunday, Sakeni United FC beat the U19 AjaxCT team 1-0 in Hanover Park in a National Second Division game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Monday evening the AjaxCT U17 team redeemed themselves with a fine 3-0 win over Hanover Park FC U19&rsquo;s in the CTTFA Colts League played at Hanover Park.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the AjaxCT PRO said, &ldquo;The youth results over the past weekend show that the Ajax Youth Academy is determined to set the pace from the start.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Despite the losses of the U17 and U19 teams on Friday and Sunday respectively, the remainder of the results are very positive.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We cannot get carried away as it&rsquo;s only the start of the youth season however we are looking forward to a successful and competitive season for 2013.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The full set of results is as follows;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Friday 12 April 2013</div> <div>CTTFA Colts League &ndash; Milano FC beat AjaxCT 3-0 at Ikamva&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Saturday 13 April, 2013</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town FC U12 beat Sunningdale FC U13, 6-0&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town FC U13 beat Hellenic U13, 2-0&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town FC U15 beat Hellenic U15, 2-1&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town FC U17 beat Hellenic U17, 2-0&nbsp;</div> <div>(All games played away.)</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sun 14 April 2013,&nbsp;</div> <div>National Second Division - Sakeni Utd FC beat AjaxCT U19, 1 &ndash; 0 at Hanover Park Sports Field.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Monday 15 April 2013</div> <div>CTTFA Colts League &ndash; AjaxCT beat Hanover Park FC 3-0 at Hanover Park Sports Field.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2805Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:56:00 +0200Womens Navy team trains @Ikamva<div>The Ajax Cape Town Community Scheme received a visit from the South African National Defence Force Ladies team for a coaching session.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The SA National Defence Force team comprises ladies from all of the provinces of South Africa. &nbsp;They represent South Africa at international level in the National Defence Force league and have played games against many African Countries. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They were brought to Ikamva by the Chairperson of The Ladies Soccer National Defence Force Yolisa Ndlume. &nbsp;She was hosting the ladies as part of their Cape Town Training Camp and thought of no better team to assist with some training than Ajax Cape Town.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Community team of Riyaad, Fezile and Jabu were all in attendance. &nbsp;The ladies soon began proceedings with an extensive warm up session which included some shuttles, co ordination using ladders and some ball work too. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>They then progressed to the main training sessions where the coaches concentrated on passing, first touch and ball control. &nbsp;The ladies were full of enthusiasm and their willingness to learn was exemplarily. &nbsp;To conclude the session small sided games were set up giving the ladies a platform to put into practice the skills that they had just worked on.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A motivational speech was given to finish off before a vote of thanks was given by Yolisa Ndlume. &nbsp;Ajax Cape Town will endeavor to continue to promote woman&rsquo;s football and will assist in the training of more teams going forward.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2804Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:51:00 +0200Leopards beat AjaxCT<div>Black Leopards beat Ajax Cape Town 2-1 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday evening to take the relegation battle down to the wire.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Leopards created a few chances early in the game but their strikers could not find the target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other end, Postnet saved Billiat&rsquo;s shot from inside the box to concede a corner, Booth fired at goal on the volley only to see the Leopards keeper make another save</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors enjoyed the bulk of possession in the first half with the midfield trio of Davids, vd Laak and Scott closing down the spaces and harassing the Leopards player in possession. This ploy paid-off when a short corner from Billiat found Nale who turned his marker to score from a tight angle, giving AjaxCT a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 22nd minute of the game Booth hit a bullet from the edge of the box only to see the ball cleared off the line.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT, a goal to the good, held possession for long periods of the first half. The Urban Warriors pressed forward but Billiat and Nale was denied by the Leopards keeper.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Leopards signalled their intent at the start of the second half, in the 50th minute Booth was called into action, heading the ball wide to clear the danger.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Raymond Monama, Samuel Mabunda and Mongezi Bobe fired shots at the AjaxCT goal but they were all off target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 60th minute Cecil Lolo replaced Booth and Hlatshwayo joined Allie in the centre of the AjaxCT defence and minutes later Khenyeza replaced Nale with Leopards bringing on Obaje on for Zulu and Nkambule for Tshepe.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Within four minutes of the substitution Nkambule equalised for the home team, firing a low shot in at near post from the edge of the box (1-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Leopards continued to press forward and Obaje completed the turnaround when he scrambled the ball over the goal-line to win the game for Leopards (2-1) in the 90th minute.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2803Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:38:00 +0200Trio returns to boost AjaxCT<div>The inclusion of Nazeer Allie, Koen van de Laak and Mabhuti Khenyeza in the travelling squad of Ajax Cape Town could not have come at a better time for the Urban Warriors as they prepare to face Black Leopards at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday 16 April 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Allie and Koen missed the last AjaxCT game due to niggling injuries that side-lined the pair however; they have recovered in time for tonight's game&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The return of Mabhuti Khenyeza is a major boost for AjaxCT as they go in search of goals and a win from tonight's game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the AjaxCT PRO said, &quot;The return of these three players could not have come at a better time. They play a crucial role in our game plan for tonight.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Allie has been ever-present in our starting line-up all season and he instils calmness to our backline marshalling the defence with Booth and/or Hlatshwayo, while Koen van de Laak's experience and ability to launch the AjaxCT attack with Lance and Scott adds balance to the midfield.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Up front we welcome the return of Khenyeza, he is a proven goal-scorer and his experience gives AjaxCT the edge going forward. We are an attacking side and we need to get amongst the goals tonight to ensure that we stay on course to steer clear of the drop-zone.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The return of the trio along the spine of the team is definitely an advantage even though we are playing away from home.&quot;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2802Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:31:00 +0200AjaxCT targets three points<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s fight for their PSL survival is set to continue when they play Black Leopards at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday 16 April 2013. Kick-off is scheduled for 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors have showed their fighting spirit with great results against Free State Stars and Orlando Pirates in their last two outings. In fact Ajax Cape Town has lost only once in their last five games.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The tenacity and character displayed by the Urban Warriors on the playing field has eased their relegation woes while collecting crucial points against TUKS, Amazulu, Free State Stars and Orlando Pirates in the process.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>However the battle for survival is not over and AjaxCT will need to ensure that they collect maximum points from tonight&rsquo;s game against Black Leopards, not an easy task in Polokwane. In fact in the last seven meetings between the two, AjaxCT edge Black Leopards with four wins in seven but the Polokwane based club have claimed the points in their last two meetings.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For Ajax Cape Town, this is the biggest game of their campaign and they will need to dig deep to overcome Black Leopards at home.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the past, &nbsp;Ajax Cape Town have struggled to win at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, however they have found their rhythm and with a number of players available again the AjaxCT coach will no doubt go hunting for all three points on offer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A win will move Ajax Cape Town six points clear of Leopards and 10 points clear of Chippa United, securing the Urban Warriors a safety cushion ahead of tough games against Bidvest Wits, April 20 at the Athlone Stadium, Chippa United on April 27 at Philippi Stadium and Kaizer Chiefs on May 01 at the Cape Town Stadium respectively.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2801Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:28:00 +0200Leopards is a tough challenge - Versleijen<div>Ajax Cape Town coach Jan Versleijen says Tuesday&rsquo;s meeting with Black Leopards will be tougher than their game against Orlando Pirates.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors drew 2-2 with Pirates on Wednesday, but should have comfortably won the game after missing a host of chances.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Next up is a relegation six-pointer with Leopards, who are currently in the relegation play-off place, but just three points behind Ajax with six games to play.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Those games will be more difficult than those we had to play. When Pirates came to Cape Town, they tried to make something out of the game.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Our upcoming opponents will study our games very carefully and will try to stop us from playing football,&rdquo; Verselijen told reporters.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Text MTNFootball.com &nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2800Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:35:00 +02002013 Youth Season kicks off<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s youth teams kick off their 2013 season this weekend with games at against Hellenic FC, Milano FC, Sunningdale FC and Sakani FC.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town is the current U17 Engen Knock-Out and Metropolitan Premier Cup Champions, and they will be hoping to add to their collection of silverware this season.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A number of teams have strengthened their ranks ahead of the season and with the amount of talent on view at pre-season tournaments, the competition for honours its sure to be a tough campaign this year.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Friday April 12, the CTTFA Colts League kicks-off at Ikamva with a game between AjaxCT and Milano</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The AjaxCT U12&rsquo;s open their season at Sunningdale FC on Saturday morning with the kick-off at 10h40.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Meanwhile the rest of the AjaxCT youth teams U13 &ndash; U17 play Hellenic FC at Sandrift with the first game also scheduled to kick-off at 10h40.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Sunday afternoon at 15h00 the AjaxCT U19 team plays Sakani Utd in the National Second Division game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fixtures are as follows;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Friday 12 April 2013</strong></div> <div>CTTFA Colts League - Milano FC v Ajax CT, Ikamva K/O 19h00</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Saturday 13 April, 2013</strong></div> <div>Sunningdale FC U13 v Ajax Cape Town FC U12, 10h40 at Sunningdale Sports Fields.</div> <div>Hellenic FC U13 vs v Ajax Cape Town FC U13, 10h40 at Sandrift Sports Fields.</div> <div>Hellenic FC U15 vs v Ajax Cape Town FC U14, 11h35 at Sandrift Sports Fields.</div> <div>Hellenic FC U15 vs v Ajax Cape Town FC U15, 11h35 at Sandrift Sports Fields.</div> <div>Hellenic FC U17 vs v Ajax Cape Town FC U17, 12h35 at Sandrift Sports Fields</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>National Second Division</strong></div> <p>Sun 14 April 2013, Sakani Utd v AjaxCT U19, Hanover Park Sports Field, K/O 15h00&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2799Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:25:00 +0200We let Pirates of the hook<div>Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s coach, Jan Versleijen is aware that the draw against Orlando Pirates was an opportunity missed.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Pirates were there to be beaten, we certainly let them off the hook,&rdquo; said Jan Versleijen after his side drew 2-2 with Orlando Pirates.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We created many chances and should have finished them off in the closing minutes of the game. We played well in the final third of the field, holding the ball very well and the running off the ball was also good.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Once again we played with more character, closing down the man in possession and giving the opposition no space to play their game. Our backline and midfield looked more settled and organised; now we have to work on our finishing.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you get in those positions, so close to the goal you have to put the ball in the back of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We know our next few games are going to be tough, but I have to look at the positives and build on that.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2798Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:26:00 +0200Ajax, Pirates share the points<div>Ajax Cape Town came from behind to draw 2-2 against Orlando Pirates at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors went on the offensive from the first whistle and they were in the lead with only 6 minutes on the clock courtesy of an Abia Nale goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax won the ball in the middle of the park and Nale was sent clear of the Pirates defence to slip the ball under an advancing Senzo Meyiwa to give AjaxCT the lead (1-0).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors fought for every loose ball and tackled like Trojans, this ploy clearly unsettled the visitors as they hardly had time to settle on the ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT were almost two goals to the good when Lekgwathi, playing his 300th game for the Buccaneer&rsquo;s almost deflected the ball into his own net from Billiat's cross into the box.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors continued to harass the defence of Orlando Pirates, with Billiat at the apex of the AjaxCT attack. A good passing move between Manyama and Billiat released Nale who unleashed a fierce shot at goal that was palmed away by Meyiwa.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT held onto their lead until the break. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the opening stanza of the second half Billiat once again took the game to Pirates and he carved out another scoring opportunity only to see his curling shot float wide of the goal.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Pirates enjoyed a good period of pressure inside the Ajax half, and Chinyama headed home a corner-kick to equalize for Pirates.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Buccaneer&rsquo;s, buoyed by the equaliser took the lead four minutes later when Makola took advantage of a rebound off the AjaxCT upright to score, giving Pirates a 2-1 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax continued to press forward, and it was the combination of Manyama and Billiat that carved open the Pirates defence, Losper ran onto a Manyama pass inside the Pirates penalty area to score (2-2).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the closing minutes of the game, AjaxCT had ample opportunity to snatch all three points but Billiat, Manyama and substitute Wanderson could not find the back of the net.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2797Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:06:00 +0200We ready for Pirates - Versleijen<div>Jan Versleijen the Ajax Cape Town coach is aware of the magnitude of tonight&rsquo;s game against Orlando Pirates however he assures local fans that the Urban Warriors will show their fighting spirit on the field.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Versleijen said, &ldquo;Playing Pirates is a challenge, but we are ready for them.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both teams need to win tonight&rsquo;s game. Pirates want to win because they want to close the gap at the top of the table, and Ajax Cape Town want to steer clear of the relegation zone.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My players know that their place in the starting line-up is not guaranteed and that they have to fight for it.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>That win against Free State Stars has boosted the morale in the dressing room; it showed that with hard work at training and on the field of play we can challenge any team in the league.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>My players showed their true character against Free State Stars when they came from behind to win the game, now we have to once again show some grit and determination against Pirates tonight.&rdquo;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2796Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:43:00 +0200I will shift things around - Versleijen<div>Ajax Cape Town beat Free State Stars on Sunday afternoon to claim a valuable three points in their bid to steer clear of the relegation.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The win moved the Urban Warriors who have a game in hand, within three points of Amazulu on the PSL log standings. Only seven points separates the teams in 13th and 6th positions.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For Ajax Cape Town every game is a cup final and the coach knows that.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>After the win against Stars Jan Versleijen said, &ldquo;We are not done yet. It was huge satisfaction to win against Free State Stars and it was also a bit of relief for all the effort we put into this game and the last game against Sundowns.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When you in the situation we are in, you waiting for a win but that win is not coming by itself. On Sunday it was not always nice football nonetheless it also showed the character that we brought to the game, especially from our three midfielders.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>When you play relegation football then everybody knows you have to fight and not only when you have the ball but also when you don&rsquo;t have the ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I will shift things around for Wednesday evening. I need to use all the &ldquo;tools&rdquo; available at my disposal to get the desired result,&rdquo; concluded Versleijen.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town plays Orlando Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday April 10, 2013. Kick-off is at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tickets for this game are available from all Computicket and Shoprite Checkers outlets.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2795Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:44:00 +0200Operation Block 116 is active<div>Operation Block 116</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town is initiating &ldquo;Operation Block 116&rdquo; again, for all local football fans and it kicks-off with Wednesday evening&rsquo;s game Ajax Cape Town vs Orlando Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium, at 19h30.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Operation Block 116&rdquo; is a bold initiative by Ajax Cape Town to encourage local fans to support local football at the Cape Town Stadium and it was a huge success when the Urban Warriors played Amazulu on the 29th March 2013.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>All Urban Warriors are familiar with Block 116, it&rsquo;s the spectator seating situated on the halfway line opposite the players tunnel at the Cape Town Stadium that&rsquo;s gives local football fanatics an close-up view of the action.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Once again &ldquo;Operation Block 116&rdquo; will be initiated for the game against Orlando Pirates and locals fans are invited to purchase their Block 116 tickets at the Ajax Fan Shop Ikamva for R60.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Fans sitting in Block 116 stand a chance of winning some fantastic spot prizes as well as&nbsp;</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>An Ajax Cape Town Hamper</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>A Adidas Hamper</div> <div>&bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>An Adidas Katlego CAF Match Ball used in the Burkina Faso vs Togo game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The draw for the prize will be done at half-time during the match against Orlando Pirates so make sure you get your tickets at the Ajax Fan Shop, Ikamva as soon as possible!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Shooz Mekuto the AjaxCT PRO said, &ldquo;By creating a specific area for Ajax Cape Town fans in Block 116, we hope that they will be encouraged to bring their friends and families to the game as they will be seated together with the other Urban Warriors creating a splash of Red and White in the Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I hope that all local football fanatics will take up our offer and support local football.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Make sure that you get down to Ikamva and purchase your Block 116 tickets, the names of the fans who purchase the first 200 tickets will be entered into the draw to win a fantastic prize.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you live too far away you can email Shooz at shooz@ajaxct.co.za reserve your Block 116 tickets. &nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2794Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:05:00 +0200Nale upbeat ahead of Pirates game<div>Abia Nale was happy with his performance which helped Ajax Cape Town defeat Free State Stars 4-2 on Sunday and is hoping his goals will help save them from the drop.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The versatile player bagged an assist and a goal to help give the Urban Warriors their first three points since November 2012 and he has revealed what coach Jan Versleijen told them before kick-off.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Our coach told us to keep calm and just focus on this game, try our best because we know where we are on the log. The pressure is on us, we had to work hard and do well,&rdquo; he said upon receiving his Man of the Match award.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The win meant that Ajax removed themselves from the relegation zone and Nale is hoping he will add more onto his debut strike, starting with Orlando Pirates on Wednesday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Hopefully it will open more goals to come and that I can help the team out of relegation,&rdquo; he added.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Is it a confidence booster ahead of Wednesday? Definitely it is, we are looking forward to the game against Pirates. It won&rsquo;t be easy but we will try our best and keep cool.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>Text: MTN Football&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2792Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:39:00 +0200Ajax hit 4 past Stars<div>Ajax Cape Town beat Free State Stars 4-2 at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday afternoon.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Khama Billiat came off the bench to score two goals against Free State Stars. The win moves the Urban Warriors above Black Leopards on the PSL standings with the advantage of having a game-in-hand.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game started with AjaxCT on the attack when Wanderson broke through in the first minute of the game but his foray forward was brought to a halt by the Stars defence.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>It was Lance Davids who struck the first effort at goal from range, but his effort sailed just wide of the upright.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Stars were first on the scoreboard when Thapelo Mkhatshwa beat Sander Westerveld&rsquo;s near post in the 21st minute of the game.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Urban Warriors responded immediately when Manyama met Abia Nale&rsquo;s cross to the far post with a volley to equalise.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the first quarter of the second half, Lance Davids played the ball to Nale who scored with a well-placed shot into the top of the net. (2-1). The Stars reaction was immediate but Matthew Booth was well-placed to block Mvula&rsquo;s cross.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Late in the game Khama Billiat replaced Abia Nale and the Zimbabwean made an immediate impact with his first touch of the ball. Billiat collected a long ball forward and lobbed it over an advancing Tshepo Motsoeneng to give Ajax CT a 3-1 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Three minutes later Stars clawed their way back into the game via a goal by Ouro-Akoriko from long range to make the score 3-2 but it was Billiat who put the game beyond Stars with a goal in the final minutes of the game to AjaxCT a 4-2 lead and seal the victory for the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax Cape Town plays Orlando Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 at 19h30. Tickets are available all Computicket and Shoprite Checkers outlets.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2790Sun, 07 Apr 2013 18:54:00 +0200Mobara set for PSL debut<div>Ajax Cape Town is proud to announce that Abbubaker Mobara has been included to the PSL squad for today&rsquo;s game against Free State Stars.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The talented centre-back has had an enthralling week after he captained the Ajax Cape Town U19 team to the 2013 Metropolitan Premier Cup title, winning the &ldquo;Team of the Tournament award and he was named as the &ldquo;Player of the Tournament&rdquo;.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mobara&rsquo;s training with the AjaxCT PSL team has been interrupted with trails at select European clubs vying for his signature.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He has been included in the AjaxCT PSL squad to face Free State Stars today and he could make his debut for the Urban Warriors in jersey number 32.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Abbubaker is a product of the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He captained the Ajax Cape Town U17 team in 2012 that toured Amsterdam to play in the &ldquo;Aegon Future Cup&rdquo;. He impressed and was invited to remain in Amsterdam, training at &ldquo;De Toekomst&rdquo; under the supervision of the AFC Ajax coaches.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Abbubaker was a member of the AFC Amsterdam squad that participated in the 2012 Copa Amsterdam.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Barra&rdquo; as he is known at Ikamva comes from Woodlands in Mitchells Plain and played for Woodland AFC before been selected for the AjaxCT Youth Academy. He can play in the centre/right-back position.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 2011 youth season, Mobara was selected as the Urban Warrior (the MVP) in the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy and he continues to make huge strides in his football career.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2789Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:09:00 +0200AjaxCT duo suspended<div>Ajax Cape Town is set to lose the services of two key players for their game against Free State Stars on Sunday at the Athlone Stadium.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mabhudi Khenyeza and Thulani Hlatshwayo will sit out the Free State Stars game through suspension.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Mabhudi received a straight red for a studs-up tackle in the closing minutes of the game against Sundowns on Tuesday evening; meanwhile Thulani Hlatshwayo accumulated 4 yellow cards for the season so far earning him a one match suspension.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The pair is crucial to Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s game plan and it will be interesting to see who the Ajax coach selects for the game against Free State Stars.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2788Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:14:00 +0200Billiat urges AjaxCT to fight<div>Khama Billiat couldn&rsquo;t hide his disappointment after Ajax Cape Town&rsquo;s 3-1 loss to Sundowns.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>During a post-match interview he said, &quot;&quot;We are very disappointed at losing this game because we need the points.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Everybody works hard at training and nobody wants to loose.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>We have got to believe in ourselves and keep playing for a win. I believe we can lift ourselves away from the relegation zone and that battle continues against Free State Stars&quot; said Billiat,&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The remaining Urban Warriors fixtures for April 2013 are;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>2013 Sun, April 7, AjaxCT v FS Stars, Athlone Stadium, 15h00</div> <div>2013 Wed, April 10, AjaxCT v Orlando Pirates, CPT Stadium., 19h30</div> <div>2013 Tues, April 16, B Leopards v AjaxCT, P Mokaba Stadium 19h30</div> <div>2013 Fri, April 19, AjaxCT v Wits, Athlone Stadium, 20h00</div> <div>2013 Sat, April 27, Chippa United v AjaxCT, Philippi Stadium, 20h15</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Tickets for all Ajax Cape Town home games are available from Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers stores</div>http://www.ajaxct.co.za/news.htm?article=2787Thu, 04 Apr 2013 11:02:00 +0200Sundown beat AjaxCT<div>Mamelodi Sundowns beat Ajax cape Town 3-1 in a game packed with action on both ends of the field.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The game started with exciting football in the first half and goals on both ends of the pitch as the teams played attacking football.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT had the first shot at goal via Khenyeza from a tight angle after Manqele miscued his clearance; Mabhuti took advantage to fire his shot at goal only to see his shot fly wide of the target.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Downs countered, forcing AjaxCT to defend in numbers, with Lolo clearing the danger with a long ball forward.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>AjaxCT pressed forward with Billiat and Khenyeza linking up well; however a high defensive line by Sundowns caught the Ajax striker offside.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sundowns created their first attack on the Ajax goal from a set piece, Sundowns were awarded a free-kick after Scott fouled Khumalo on edge of area. The resultant free-kick was floated to the far post, but a good reflex save by Westerveld denied the home team.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>From the resultant corner, Eleazar Rodgers rose above the Ajax defence to score from an Arendse flick-on to give Downs a 1-0 lead.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the 21st minute of the game, the match official stopped the game with Ajax on the attack leading to protests from the Urban Warriors.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A minute later Billiat raced clear of the Downs defence, but Sandilands alert to the danger, beat the Ajax striker to the ball.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sundowns scored their second goal when Modise&rsquo;s pass found Manqele on the edge of the Ajax penalty area; the Downs striker placed his shot just inside of the near upright (2-0).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Sundowns continued their attacking position and Manqele&rsquo;s curling shot at the far top corner flew just wide.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ajax won possession in the midfield and Wanderson set-up Scott to set-up a quick counter-attack. Scott raced down the right wing and his cross to the near post found Khenyeza who made no mistake from close range (2-1).</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On the other end Khumalo&rsquo;s cross to the far post found Rodgers lurking but his header flew wide of the Ajax goal.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Scoring their goal just before the break, spurred Ajax forward but Scott&rsquo;s cross cum shot was saved by Sandilands.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Hlatshwayo received the first caution of the game after he fouled Manqele, he will miss the next game against Free State Stars on Sunday.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The Ajax coach made his first substitution at the start of the first half when Manyama replaced Dolly.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The second half turned out to be a battle of the midfield as both sets of players fought for possession of the ball. The pace of the game increased as time passed resulting in misplaced passes and mistimed tackles.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Both co