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Hans Vonk: Young Ajax want double success in Europe

Young Ajax will touchdown in the Netherlands in exactly 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.

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

“It is something new for us, we got in contact with the Spax Cup organizers last year when we played the tournament in Terborg and apparently they were impressed with the way we played and also the way we ‘live football’ – the signing before the games etc,” said Head of Youh 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 5 – 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 and while they fell short of lifting silverware, there is no doubt that the Urban Warriors stole the hearts of all those in attendance.

“Terborg is special to us, the hospitality is unbelievable and the people are very helpful. There were tears when we said goodbye last year and I think that says a lot about the people there and how good they are to us so everyone is excited to go back.

“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.

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