Ajax need to bring in quality

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Thulani Hlatshwayo is expected to leave Ajax during the January transfer period. Photo by: Petri Oeschger

Ajax Cape Town have promoted three starlets to cushion the expected blow of a number of key players leaving the club during next month’s transfer window.

But it will be the acquisition of top quality and experienced players to bolster their inconsistent strike force that will be key for the Urban Warriors, who have had a roller-coaster ride in the first half of the current campaign.

After a run of three successive victories, Ajax came back down to earth with a bang against Platinum Stars on Saturday night. The 2-0 defeat also lamented coach Muhsin Ertugral’s earlier warning that his team still needs a lot of work before being talked about as the finished article.

After six months spent building a team because of injuries and the loss of Mabhuti Khenyeza and Khama Billiat, Ertugral is set to lose forward Lebogang Manyama and defender Thulani Hlatshwayo during the transfer window.

Defensive midfielder Nhlanhla Shabalala signed for AmaZulu last week after Ajax settled his contract and gave him his clearance. The midfielder apparently had a fall out with Ertugral before both parties decided to cut ties.

Ajax have promoted Riyaad Norodien, Ayabulela Mag-qwaka and Rivaldo Coetzee to their PSL team.

The trio have enjoyed very successful youth careers with the Cape side, while Magqwaka and Coetzee successfully represented South Africa at the recent Cosafa Under-20 tournament.

Noordien is a prodigious attacking talent, and according to sources close to the player, was ready to sign a deal with Wits before he agreed terms with the Urban Warriors.

“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,” Ertugral said. “The trio have been training with the PSL team for the last six months and they have impressed.”

Ajax have already been looking at former Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers Tomi Ameobi to bolster their attack, while more trialists are expected at Ikamva early next month. - Cape Times


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