Since Ajax Cape Town was born in 1999 they have never won a league title. The closest they’ve came is being runners up for the 2003/04, 2007/08 and 2011/12 seasons. The 2013/14 season is undoubtedly the one to forget for them. They looked like a side that could win anything in 2011 but some boardroom quarrels years after rubbed off to the pitch.
Playing their home games at the majestic Cape Town Stadium, the Urban Warriors will be looking to better their 12th spot finish with nine wins in the previous campaign come the start of the 2014/15 Absa Premiership season. Coach Roger De Sa took over at the helm of an already struggling side but would want to bring back the sparks in what he hopes will be a successful first full season with the club. Criticism has come in floods following his recruitment of Robin Ngalande from Bidvest Wits in a deal which saw the young Toriq Losper going in the other direction.
It has been a busy pre-season at Ikamva with veteran Nathan Paulse recently committing himself to the club with a new two-year deal. While other players are certain of their future with the club, De Sa has iced any heat of others exiting his kraal, insisting that the likes of Ayabulela Magqwaka and Abbubaker Mobara are not for sale. In addition, all players that were loaned to Ajax last season were confirmed to have returned to their respective clubs, namely Thamsanqa Sangweni, Eleazar Rodgers, Ernesto and Karl Lark.
In sharpening his troops, the former Orlando Pirates coach signed Milton Ncube from Highlanders FC and brought back loanees Taarieq Fielies, George Akpabio, Matthew Rowell and Michael Kwong while releasing the likes of Andre Petim, Koen Van Laak and Ndumiso Vezi. Much has been said about Keagan Dolly’s future at the club but he looks certain to stay as he expressed he would rather jet off to Europe than signing for any local club. De Sa also completed the signing of winger Phatizwe Sacolo, who spent last season in Sweden’s second division turning out for IFK Varnamo.
The Cape Town-based outfit will have to wait until the 10th of August to kick off their campaign with an away match against AmaZulu.