Lolo’s contribution to Ajax in numbers
Posted: 26 October 2015 Time: 02:05 pm
KickOff.com takes a closer look at Cecil Lolo’s career with Ajax Cape Town that started slowly and peaked with victory in the MTN8.
Lolo, 27, died in a car crash in the early hours of Sunday morning and at the time of his death, he had been an Urban Warrior for over a decade from his days in the youth ranks.
The fullback was promoted from Ajax’s junior ranks in 2009, but was then loaned out to Ikapa Sporting.
The Khayelitsha-born defender returned to Ikamva and made his debut as a substitute for the Urban Warriors under Dutch coach Foppe de Haan on 17 September 2010 against Platinum Stars at Cape Town. Ajax won the match 2-0. However, his first start was an unhappy one as Ajax lost 3-0 to Orlando Pirates in Soweto on 30 October 2010.
Some reports claim that he made his debut against Bloemfontein Celtic on 27 August 2010 including the Wikipedia page, but this website can confirm that’s not true as stated accurately above.
Lolo’s first goal for Ajax was against Platinum Stars just like his debut and this time it was on 15 February 2012 at Cape Town Stadium and that was a winner in a match that could be described as a thriller. With three minutes to go, Ajax were losing 2-0 after Sibusiso Msomi and Thuso Phala had scored for the visitors, but goals from Lebohang Manyama (88th minute), Matthew Booth (90th minute) and Lolo’s winner in the fifth minute of injury time produced one of the great comebacks in the League’s history as the Urban Warriors won 3-2. In total, he scored two goals for Ajax.
Over the last six seasons, Lolo made 88 starts and 26 subs in official matches to give him a total of 114 appearances for the Cape club.
His last match was against Kaizer Chiefs on 26 September 2015 when the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at Cape Town Stadium, which was a week after Ajax had beaten Chiefs 1-0 in the MTN8 Final with Lolo in the starting line-up on that occasion as well.
In the matches that Lolo started for Ajax (88), they won 33, lost 33 and drew 22.
He received only 12 yellow cards in 114 appearances for Ajax and was never red-carded over the last six seasons since making his debut.