Ajax Cape Town praise their development policy after Mobara, Norodien sold to Orlando Pirates
Posted: 21 June 2016 Time: 21:01
Ajax Cape Town have once again lauded their development structures after selling Abbubaker Mobara and Riyaad Norodien to Orlando Pirates.
While the double deal is agreed between the clubs, it is still up to the players to individually agree personal terms on contracts with the Buccaneers – something that is seen as a mere formality.
Pirates mentioned in their statement that agentless Norodien is expected to sign soon but Mobara can only negotiate when he returns from national team duty at the COSAFA Cup.
Ajax said in a statement: ‘Both Abbubaker and Riyaad are products of the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy. They have been at the club since the age of 9 and 10 years old respectively.
‘Mobara made his PSL debut in the 2012/2013 season under Muhsin Ertugral and has since made over 80 appearances for Ajax Cape Town. His talent did not go unnoticed, as he featured on several occasions for the U23 National Team and received a call-up for Bafana-Bafana.
‘Kensington-born Riyaad Norodien started his first PSL match under Head Coach Roger De Sa in the 2014/2015 season…
‘Both players are gifted individuals and have proven this throughout their Ajax career and have been on trial with Ajax Amsterdam on multiple occasions.
‘Ajax Cape Town has once again proven to be the catalyst and future for young South African football talent. We wish both Riyaad and Abbubaker the best of luck in their future careers and we have no doubt they will excel where ever they go.
Ajax CEO Ari Efstathiou once again hailed their youth system, which has proven fruitful for the club.
“We have promoted seven U19s to the PSL squad for the new upcoming season and will probably add another three or four players before the end of 2017,” he is quoted as saying.
“Unfortunately, in order to promote, we need to let go. As an Academy, we have improved the lives of many aspiring footballers and their families during our 17 years of existence.”