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Ajax Amsterdam to grow more in Africa

Posted: 24 June 2010 Time: 15:18

Ajax Amsterdam CEO Rik van den Boog has praised Ajax Cape Town for their good work in developing young stars over the past 10 years and believes the two clubs have an even brighter future together.

However, he also admits that the mother club has sometimes drifted away from its principles.

“We are very proud and impressed,” he told “The professionalism at Ajax Cape Town is incredible. If you see the way the people are living with our total philosophy we are sure that in future there’ll be many more benefits from our co-operation with Cape Town.

“In the 10 years that we’ve worked together a lot of things have changed, some for the better, some for the worse. We at Amsterdam sometimes forget what the basic principles of our business are.

“Of course teams are being bought throughout the whole world, but we don’t want to buy, we want to educate, guide young people and make them into pros. If you look to our history, we have sometimes drifted away from that principle.”

Van den Boog, who’ll be watching his country face Cameroon today at the Cape Town Stadium, says Amsterdam is not looking for more partners in Africa, but will continue to utilise Ajax in South Africa in the hope of bringing even more talent onto the European market.

“We want to go even deeper with our Ajax philosophy into the African world,” he adds. “Look at the success factor of Cape Town with players like Benni McCarthy, Steven Pienaar, Stanton Lewis, Daylon Claasen and others.

“We want to scout players from the rest of Africa into SA, guide, build, train, develop them and plan if possible to bring them to Amsterdam or another European club.

“If you start training them young, 12, 13, 14, 15, and bringing a wider mix of training not only technical but also physiological and mental we are sure more will be ready to come to Ajax Amsterdam.”

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