Keeping by our proud record of promoting players from our Youth Academy into the Premier Soccer League squad, we are delighted to announce that Leo Thethani’s name can now be added to that esteemed list of players.
The 18-year-old joined the Ajax Cape Town’s Youth Structure in 2014, having made waves in Khayelitsha Site C where he starred for Mighty United.
Thethani has steadily built his reputation as a goal-scoring winger, much in the mould of the exciting Mkhanyiseli Siwahla who himself rose through the ranks at Ajax Cape Town having caught the eye in Nyanga.
He stepped up a further notch by not only catching, but bamboozling the eyes of those in attendance at both the Terborg Toernooi and ICGT Tournament in the Netherlands this past month.
Thethani was particularly impressive in Terborg where he was crowned as the Player of the Tournament with the
attacker also walking away with the golden boot accolade having scored 5 goals in 5 matches.
Names like Andile Sixaba, Cecil Lolo, Bantu Mzwakali, Luvuyo Memela, Luthando Mateza, Ayabulela Konqobe, Gareth Ncaca, Mark Mayambela and Mfundo ‘Hagi’ Shumana are but some of the players that impressed on the streets of the townships surrounding Cape Town, before going on to star in #UrbanWarriors red & white.
Thethani hopes to follow in their footsteps…
“It feels great, awesome, very awesome. I just got back from the Netherlands and here I am signing a PSL contract – what a great feeling,” said Thethani who only arrived back from Amsterdam with the U19’s on Tuesday evening.
“What a great tournament, I learnt a lot, faced a few more challenges in getting out of my comfort zone. I have gained a lot of experience, it was a great tour.
“Yes, of course it is, massive motivation [to go back to Amsterdam]. Everything there is about football. People there are very supportive and I had a great time in the Netherlands,
Thethani continued: “Ajax Cape Town have helped me so much, since I’ve arrived here I’ve picked up so much knowledge from all the coaches – things I wouldn’t have learnt elsewhere, not only how to play on the field but also how to behave off it. Thank you to Ajax Cape Town.
“I have adapted very well, I have achieved a lot thus far, I hope to achieve much more,” Thethani concluded.
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