Ajax Cape Town season preview

Overview: Last season what not a good one for the Urban Warriors. With nine wins, nine draws, and 12 defeats, Ajax finished 10th in the Premiership standings for the second season in a row.

Some terrible early-season form saw Ajax saw Roger de Sa resign as head coach, to be replaced by Stanley Menzo.The Dutchman had a positive influence, and a purple patch followed in which they won five out of six league matches. However, their winning form did not last long.

With Cape Town City having established themselves in the PSL and looking set for a big season ahead, Ajax will now have to compete with the new kids on the block to be the Mother City’s favourite child.

Players to watch: Tashreeq Morris is always worth keeping an eye on, but he may have the show stolen from him by teenage winger Leo Thethani, who was recently promoted to the first team after earning the golden boot and player of-the-tournament accolades at the Terborg Toernooi in the Netherlands.

New Signings: The Urban Warriors have let go of players like Mark Mayambela, Bhongolwethu Jayiya, Isaac Nhlapo, but have also seen promising new signings arrive.

Innocent Nemukondeni joined the club on a four-year deal despite interest from rival clubs. He is joined by Nigeria international Ejike Uzoenyi, who won the title last season with Bidvest Wits.

Ajax have also swooped for Stellenbosch FC captain Junaid Sait after his impressive showing in the NFD.

Vodacom Soccer prediction: Ajax are obviously hoping to get back into the top half of the standings, maybe even the top six, but that doesn’t seem likely this coming campaign. The Urban Warriors have the playing staff to improve on last season’s 10th-place finish but won’t finish above seventh in the standings.