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'Serero's shoes are too big to fill'

Ajax Cape Town must recruit says Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thapelo Liau

Posted: 10 August 2011 Time: 11:38 am

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thapelo Liau says he is "not convinced" about Ajax Cape Town's current squad and says he hopes the club sign reinforcements.

Liau, who also played for Bloemfontein Celtic, Ria Stars and Moroka Swallows, believes the loss of key players like Thulani Serero, Hans Vonk and Sameehg Doutie will come back to hurt the Cape side.

"I think they lost a big player in Serero and I don't see anyone replacing him. It's not easy to replace special players," he says.

While many people feel this way about the 2010/11 League runners up, the Urban Warriors' 5-2 hammering of SuperSport United on the weekend has taken the attention away from the 'holes' in their squad.

But Liau is not convinced – although he admits Sici Shelembe is promising.

"Also losing Hans Vonk creates a big gap. This will be felt because of the experience he had," Liau says.

"Ajax played well on Friday night against SuperSport and Sici Shelembe shone through on the night. He's comfortable on the ball, he has great ball skills and he's got vision and can pass.

"The future looks good for him. But Serero's shoes are the bigger ones to fill. I think Ajax must still make a few more signings starting with [Mbulelo] 'OJ' Mabizela in defence," Liau says.

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Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 12:15 pm
No one knows abt Serero bt they gave him a chance so let them give other guys a chance.I wonder if Liau can read Ajax is negotiating with former liverpool goalkeeper
Anonymous
posted: 12:17 pm
kuph la ilk serero bt thy wont miss hm cz dey neva win anythng wht if ajax wn mtn ar dey gona miss hm neva
Tico MP
posted: 01:56 pm
no...missing here....did dey miss the ada playa hu played b4 serero?.....thatha shelembe thatha!
Mopheme
posted: 12:24 pm
Since when is Liau an excpect: All i know is Ajax never missed Piennar, Pogenppole, Carelce, Dominic Isacs, Slim-kat, Calven Malern, Dipsy Seloloane And the list Goes on and on
Mopheme
posted: 12:24 pm
Since when is Liau an excpect: All i know is Ajax never missed Piennar, Pogenppole, Carelce, Dominic Isacs, Slim-kat, Calven Malern, Dipsy Seloloane And the list Goes on and on
bondocean
posted: 10:35 pm
Will take some time to fill the big gap that Serero filled. Last year, most of Ajax's plays centred or were initiated by his magic. Certainly missing in today's loss. But with time and new players gelling as well as new ways of playing according to the talent available. Main thing is that the majority of the team is still around which means that they are still a strong team that will challenge for honours.
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