Known for his versatility, Ajax Cape Town’s Rheece Evans can operate in a number of different positions thanks to his tactical flexibility.
The defender-cum-midfielder-cum-defender was born in Durban where he played for a team called Stella as a youngster, before moving to Cape Town to further his studies.
Upon his arrival in the Mother City, Evans joined Santos FC academy and he was nurtured in their Under-19 team until he returned home – back to the East Coast of South Africa.
He continued playing football – turning out for an amateur club called Villa Park in his home city. That’s where he was discovered by Maritzburg United.
The speedy player made his professional debut during the 2010/11 Absa Premiership campaign and he finished the campaign with seven league appearances.
Evans went on to make 73 league appearances for the Team of Choice -netting three goals in the process during his four-year spell with the Pietermaritzburg-based outfit.
The combative player had established himself as one of the top right-backs in the league and his budding talent caught the eye of big local clubs.
Mamelodi Sundowns, who were the reigning Absa Premiership champions, signed Evans from Maritzburg on a long-term deal prior to the 2014/15 campaign.
He won his first major trophy in his maiden campaign with Brazilians, who narrowly defeated the Urban Warriors in the final to clinch the 2015 Nedbank Cup in Port Elizabeth.
Even ,though, game time was hard to come by at Sundowns, Evans picked up winners’ medals. He won the 2015/16 league title and 2016 Telkom Knockout Cup with the Tshwane giants.
Evans did help Sundowns create history by winning the CAF Champions League for the first time, last year – making two appearances in the competition for the Brazilians.
After playing only two matches in the domestic league during his two-and-half-a-year stay at Sundowns, he joined Ajax on an 18-month loan deal midway through the 2016/17 season.
The 26-year-old player has been given an opportunity to resurrect his career at the Urban Warriors under the guidance of Dutch tactician Stanley Menzo.