In Mark Mayambela, Ajax Cape Town have one of the most skillful players to grace the fields of South African football in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) era.
Blessed with a gifted left foot, Mayambela is well-known for his special ability to have crowds on their feet with his unique tricks, silky skills, shibobos and tsamayas.
Mayambela, who was born in Khayelitsha, a township located on the outskirts of Cape Town, began playing football at amateur clubs such as Fast XI, Mother City Juniors and Trinitarians FC.
But his breakthrough came when he joined Old Mutual Football Academy as teenager and he was nurtured until he signed his first professional contract with Bloemfontein Celtic in 2007 as a 20-year-old.
After three good seasons with Celtic – establishing himself as one of the most exciting young attacking midfielders in the Absa Premiership – the Phunya Sele Sele fan-favourite joined Soweto giants Orlando Pirates in 2010.
Nicknamed Professor, Mayambela flourished at Pirates as an impact player helping a formidable Buccaneers team complete a historic double treble during his three-year stay with the club.
After a short-stint with Mpumalanga Black Aces in the first-round of the 2013-14 campaign, the skillful winger secured a dream move to Europe when he signed for Swedish side Djurgardens IF in February 2014.
At the end of the year, Mayambela returned home and he joined ambitious National First Division (NFD) side Royal Eagles finishing the 2014-15 campaign with the KwaZulu-Natal based outfit, before returning to the Absa Premiership.
Chippa United snapped up the lanky midfielder, who impressed netting twice in 10 league matches, before SuperSport United moved swiftly to sign him midway through the 2015-16 season.
However, Mayambela officially parted ways with Matsatsantsa towards the end of the campaign and he subsequently became a free-agent until he got a call from Ajax at the beginning of the new campaign.
It took only a few weeks for him to catch the eye of the Urban Warriors technical team and he inked a deal with the club – with Mayambela returning to his home city for the first time as a professional; having left Cape Town for Celtic as a youngster.
Now an experienced 29-year-old player, Mayambela has proved an instrumental figure in the Urban Warriors midfield under Stanley Menzo’s guidance in the current season.