Hans Vonk: We will most likely send a very young team to get experience.Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – Ajax Cape Town will become the first team from Africa to take part in the SPAX-Cup in Europe, which has played host to many past, present and future football stars over the past 40 years.

Young Ajax, the Cape Town club’s youth side, will arrive in the Netherlands in four weeks’ time for the club’s annual European Tour.

The Urban Warriors will travel to Ennepetal in Germany for the 2018 SPAX-Cup before returning to the Netherlands for the 2018 Terborg Toernooi, in an aim to make history on foreign soil once more.

“It is something new for us, we got in contact with the Spax Cup organisers last year when we took part in the tournament in Terborg and apparently they were impressed with the way we played,” said head of Ajax Cape Town Youth Hans Vonk.

“It is not only German clubs, it is an international field which is exciting. German teams are always very physical, they run a lot but if you look at German football over the last five to 10 years they have continued to evolve with a lot of hard work and quality football."

Vonk continued: “We will most likely send a very young team to get experience, this is a wonderful opportunity for all the boys that will make the trip.”

Young Ajax finished as runners-up at the Terborg Toernooi last year.

“For the boys this tour is important for experience. As a club, obviously we want to win and bring home two trophies, but yes for us it is also a great opportunity to show off our talent – you never know who is watching."

“Last year Leo Thethani and Dean Solomons caught the eye and they are currently at Ajax Amsterdam. It is good to put our players in the spotlight,” Vonk concluded. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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