From our first day as part of the South African football landscape, Ajax Cape Town has made it our main priority to develop future stars.
Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic football’s immediate future looks very cloudy and full of uncertainty. Our priority, though, will continue to remain the same — with a strong focus on nurturing future talent.
The Urban Warriors have always proudly boasted about having a youthful squad and although experience plays a vital part in football, giving young players exposure is part and parcel of our genetic makeup and policy of our club.
This season we have had a good balance of novice and experienced players within our squad as we aim to win promotion back into the Absa Premiership.
In total, 13 of the club’s 26-man squad are 23-years-old or younger which is exactly half. Of the 13, only two players — Thendo Mukumela and Siphesihle Mkhize — didn’t come through the Urban Warriors youth academy.
Full list of players under the age of 23:
Renaldo Leaner 22-years-old (GK)
Darren Johnson 23-years-old (GK)
Thendo Mukumela 22-years-old (DM, DF)
Grant Margeman 21-years-old (CM) – Also the vice-captain
Masilake Phohlongo 22-years-old (AM)
Siphesihle Mkhize 21-years-old (DM)
Asanele Velebayi 18-years-old (AM)
Keenan Abrahams 21-years-old (DM)
Bongolwethu Siyasi 18-years-old (CB, RB)
Riyaaz Koopstadt 21-years-old (CM)
Kegan Johannes 19-years-old (CB, RB)
Sonwabile Mfecane 21-years-old (AM)
Kiyaam Bull 20-years-old (CB)
Another interesting fact is that 11 of the 13 players have national call-ups under their belt, which is a fantastic compliment to the quality of Ajax Cape Town players.
We are looking forward to what the future brings for us as a club after the lockdown.