Ajax Cape Town youth player Sonwabile Mfecane will on Sunday embark on a month long visit of Amsterdam, where he will train with Ajax Amsterdam for three weeks having impressed the Dutch club’s director of football, Marc Overmars, on a recent trip to the Mother City.
The Urban Warriors have a rich history of nurturing South Africa’s top talent with several players – not only from these shores – making the successful switch from Cape Town to the Dutch giants.
Steven Pienaar, Eyong Enoh and Thulani Serero have gone on to achieve great things in Amsterdam having mastered their craft in Cape Town.
Mfecane is hopeful that he will be the next to do just that with the 17-year-old attacking midfielder to jet off to the Netherlands this Sunday; where he will embark on a three week-trial with the four-time European Champions League winners.
The Ajax Cape Town academy player will be heading to Amsterdam on request of former Arsenal winger, Overmars, who can’t wait for Mfecane to arrive at the club.
“This is more than just training with Ajax Amsterdam, this is a real trial. When Marc Overmars was here, he watched two games and all he said was, ‘I want that number eight’ that was the jersey number Sonwabile was wearing at the time,” Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou explained.
“Now, every time Overmars phones me, he always says ‘where’s my number eight?’
“Now Sonwabile is going to Amsterdam and we hope he does well. He is a talented player and, if he keeps his feet on the ground, he has a great future ahead of him.”
Mfecane, who hails from Mfuleni, is understandable ecstatic ahead of his trip to Europe and can’t wait to further impress those in Amsterdam as he sets his sights on a successful career abroad.
“It’s a great feeling to be going to Amsterdam,” Mfecane said. “In fact, I am humbled by the invitation. But I know that I have a job to do, I know that I will have to work very hard. The level is much higher there, and I will have to be prepared.”
He continued: “I love scoring goals, I love to attack, but I also know that I need to work much harder on the defensive side of my game.
“Going on trial at Ajax Amsterdam will be a different environment for me, but the fact that I am the only player going means that I carry the responsibility of making a good impression for the whole of the Ajax youth academy,” he concluded.
Everyone at Ajax Cape Town is very proud of Sonwabile and will like to wish him luck on his three week stint in Amsterdam.
We will continue to keep you posted on his progress at the Dutch club.