Gerald Takwara in action for Zimbabwe at the Cosafa Cup last year. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

After a turbulent 2017, Ajax Cape Town have continued their fast start out of the blocks in 2018 with the signing of Zimbabwean midfielder Gerald Takwara.

This follows hot on the heels of another Zimbabwean, striker Tendai Ndoro, joining the Urban Warriors recently following the return of coach Muhsin Ertugral and assistant Calvin Marlin to Ikamva.

Takwara, nicknamed ‘The General’, has moved to the Mother City from new Zimbabwean league champions FC Platinum on a three-year contract.

Ajax’s head of football Mich D’Avray said on the club website on Thursday that they first saw Takwara in action at the Cosafa Cup in Rustenburg last year, which Zimbabwe won.

“We brought him here in pre-season and looked to sign him then, but he was still contracted to his club and they wanted him to stay put as they were pushing for the league title in Zimbabwe,” D’Avray said.

“But, we finally got our man and we look forward to what we will bring to the club.

“He is a nuggety midfielder, quite aggressive, very strong. Hopefully he can adjust and settle in quickly.

“He has a bit of bite in him, he gets stuck in and keeps it simple.”

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The 23-year-old Takwara added: “It is a great feeling, I am really happy to have finally joined the Urban Warriors.

“I’d describe myself as a tough-tackling midfielder. I can pass the ball around, but I’d say my best attribute is breaking down opposition attacks.”


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