Ajax Cape Town’s Urban Warriors

Ajax Cape Town was founded in 1999 when Seven Stars and Cape Town Spurs merged.  The club plays most of its home games at the 55 000-seater Cape Town Stadium, but also turns out at the Athlone Stadium from time to time.  Chairman Ari Efstathiou hired Roger De Sa last season and the former Orlando Pirates boss guided the Urban Warriors to a very credible fifth place.
De Sa and his young group of talented men will look to better their 2014/15 season achievements, where they also finished as Nedbank Cup runners-up.  The club is without a trophy since the 2008 Telkom Knockout and has narrowly missed out on league honours, finishing second in the Premiership in 2004, 2008 and again 2011.  Ajax has traditionally been associated with attracted football and a seemingly endless conveyor belt of talent from their youth ranks.
Although blessed with a plethora of young talent that only other clubs can match by spending millions, De Sa will probably look to the more experienced and cool heads of Franklin Cale, Granwald Scott, captain Travis Graham  and former Bafana Bafana midfielder Lance Davids when the going gets tough.  The Cape side has retained the services of fullback Rivaldo Coetzee, who was seemingly geared for a big money move to the Highveld.  They have however lost Nazeer Allie (Bidvest Wits) and their star man Keegan Dolly (Mamelodi Sundowns), although the transfer was concluded at the beginning of the 2014/15 season, Dolly was loaned to his parent club thereafter.
De Sa has also added more bite up front with the acquisition of Ruzaigh Gamildien (Milano United),Prince Nxumalo (SuperSport United) and Thomas Chideu (Highlanders (Zimbabwe)) and if De Sa is to be believed, the latter is the man to watch.  Exciting forward Tashreeq Morris, 21, who had his say with nine goals last season will be another Ajax youth product to watch, when he returns from an injury that forced him off the field in their Nedbank Cup final penalty shoot-out loss to Mamelodi Sundowns back in May.  This is all with a view to replace veteran Nathan Paulse, the lanky striker who managed just three goals last season.

Ajax Cape Town kicks off its season with an away trip on 4 August to Orlando Pirates in the MTN8.


Erwin Isaacs and Robin Ngalande Jr (both Wits)
Ndiviwe Mdabuka (Vasco Da Gama),
Ruzaigh Gamildien (Milano United),
Prince Nxumalo (SuperSport United),
Milton Ncube and Thomas Chideu (Highlanders, Zimbabwe)
Noah Sadaoui (Free Agent)

Keegan Dolly* (Mameolodi Sundowns)
Nazeer Allie (Wits)
Phathizwe Sacolo (Released)
Clifford Mulenga (Released)
James Mofokeng (All Stars)
Ayabulela Magqwaka (SuperSport United)

*Dolly was signed at the beginning of the 2014/15 season but loaned back to Ajax.