With the U20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) currently on-going in Zambia, Ajax Cape Town Chief Scout Luis De Faria (pictured on the right) jetted out to the Southern African country to identify young and fresh talent, to potentially bolster the Urban Warriors ranks.
Having recently visited the country to watch Aubrey Funga and Rodrick Kabwe – both having gone on to sign for Ajax Cape Town – De Faria was familiar with the surroundings.
De Fraia pointed out that when embarking on a scouting mission you will look for specific positions that the team requires. Moreover, he noted that you will always find what you are not looking for, as is the abundance of talent at such tournaments.
There were quite a few potential players that caught his eye – who knows, we might see them at Ikamva in coming seasons…
Furthermore, De Fraia was surprised by Guinea who along with Senegal, South Africa and Zambia booked their ticket to the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea.
Fraia also believes that one’s country should always come before your club:
“Club vs Country shouldn’t be a factor at youth level because all the teams need to be behind the national team” De Fraia stated.
Ajax Cape Town’s very own Grant Margeman and Aghmat Ridhaa Ceres are part of the Amajita squad, with the former having featured in all the games at the tournament thus far.
Midfield dynamo, Margeman, played 100 minutes as South Africa suffered a 1-0 defeat to Zambia in the first semifinal on Wednesday. Thabo Senong’s men will next face either Guinea or Senegal in the third-place playoff this Sunday.