CAPE TOWN - Muhsin Ertugral added even more experience and versatility to his Ajax Cape Town squad with the signing of the experienced Siboniso Gaxa on Friday.
The 33-year-old former Bafana Bafana defender has been training with the Cape side for the last few weeks, but when questioned recently about the player, he didn’t sound too optimistic. But, in the end, it seems, especially after Wednesday’s win over Orlando Pirates, the Turkish coach decided to be bold and beef up his his defence even more.
Gaxa certainly has the credentials, having played for Supersport United, Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits in the PSL, and Lierse in Belgium. His presence in the Ajax squad considerably strengthens Ertugral’s options at right-back, with new signing Siyanda Zwane hugely impressive against Pirates in midweek and the up-and-coming Sergio Kammies also in the mix.
One thing is certain, the experience and knowledge of seasoned campaigners like Zwane and Gaxa will be extremely important in guiding and maturing the young Kammies.
Gaxa is rather happy the Cape side decided to offer him another opportunity in the top-flight.
“I’m delighted to have joined Ajax and I am grateful to (head coach) Muhsin Ertugral, and the management of the club, for the opportunity to play football again,” said Gaxa. “I am well aware of the situation the club finds itself in at the moment and I just want to help with my experience.
"I’ve played professionally for well over a decade and I believe I can contribute on and off the field in assisting this club move up the log standings. From what I have seen here, the talent is amazing, the club structure is something that has really impressed me and I am grateful to be part of this unique institution. I can’t wait to start my journey here.”