In Jody February, Ajax Cape Town have the youngest first-choice goalkeeper in the Absa Premiership this season at the age of 20.
The promising shot-stopper, who joined the Ajax academy as an 11-year-old kid from Strandfontein, was born and bred in the Western Cape Province capital, Cape Town.
February came through the youth system of one of South Africa’s esteemed football academies, while participating in several international tournaments along the way.
These youth competitions include Future Cup, Terborg Tournament and Copa Amsterdam Cup which all took place in the Netherlands.
He also had the opportunity to represent South Africa at under-17 and under-20 levels – helping his country win the 2013 U20 COSAFA Cup in Lesotho.
The Ajax first-team technical team were closing monitoring February’s progress in the Urban Warriors academy and youth national teams.
In September 2014, February was promoted to the Ajax first-team ,as an 18-year-old, after catching the eye of back then head coach Roger De Sa.
He was one of the players, who had impressed in the newly launched Premier Soccer League (PSL) reserve league, the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC).
In February 2015, February made his professional debut during Ajax’s 9-1 win over lower division side Mainstay United in the Nedbank Cup.
Three days before his 19th birthday, he made his Absa Premiership debut against Orlando Pirates. The last game of the 2014-15 season ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
February was instrumental for South Africa at the 2015 U23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Senegal – helping the team finish third.
The 2015-16 season proved to be a good season for the Urban Warriors as they won the MTN8 Cup with February making three appearances in all competitions.
His exploits at the 2015 U23 AFCON finals earned him a spot in the South African squad that participated in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where he was the second-choice keeper behind Itumeleng Khune.
Prior to the Olympics, February made his senior international debut at the 2016 COSAFA Cup. He made an appearance during Bafana Bafana’s 5-1 win over Swaziland.
The current 2016-17 campaign has proved to be the talented goal-minder’s breakthrough season in his young professional career.
February has enjoyed regular game time under Ajax head coach Stanley Menzo this season.