Ajax Cape Town’s Prince Nxumalo has built up a reputation over the last few seasons, as one of the best strikers in the Absa Premiership.
The much-traveled centre forward was born in Umlazi, a township located in the south west of KwaZulu-Natal’s largest city, Durban.
Nxumalo’s skills were nurtured in the Amaqhawe Football Academy in his home province and he only turned professional at the age of 20.
National First Division (NFD) outfit FC Cape Town snapped up the promising striker during the 2010-11 campaign following his move to the Mother City.
The front-man impressed during his two year stint in the NFD – demonstrating his prowess in front of goal for the African Beasts; and his displays did not go unnoticed.
Three-time Absa Premiership champions SuperSport United gave Nxumalo an opportunity to showcase his talent in the elite division when they signed him in 2012.
However, Nxumalo struggled for regular game-time at Matsatsantsa in his first season – making just seven league appearances, netting once in the process.
The Pretoria-based side then decided to loan the hard-running striker to his former side FC Cape Town midway through the 2013-14 campaign.
Nxumalo managed to regain his scoring form, while playing for African Beasts – resurrecting his career by netting seven goals in 14 NFD games.
Upon his return to SuperSport, he was predominately used as a substitute in the first-half of the 2014-15 campaign as he was sent out on another loan deal.
Lamontville Golden Arrows signed him on a short-term loan deal and once again Nxumalo regained his scoring form – helping the Durban side win the 2014-15 NFD title.
A chance to move back to Cape Town on a permanent basis came in July, 2015 as Nxumalo joined Ajax following his impressive training stint with the club.
The 2015-16 Absa Premiership campaign proved to be Nxumalo’s best season in the elite league – netting 13 goals as he narrowly missed out on the Golden Boot accolade by a single goal.
Nxumalo, who was named Absa Premiership Player of the Month of August during the same season, received a call-up to South Africa’s senior national team in March 2016.
He made his Bafana Bafana debut during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Cameroon. The two sides drew 0-0 in Nxumalo’s home city, Durban.
The 26-year-old frontman remains an instrumental member of Stanley Menzo’s Urban Warriors side.