Ajax Cape Town working hard in transfer market ahead of proposed Travis Graham exit
Posted: 20 August 2017 Time: 20:06
Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo has ruled out a possible return to action for former captain Travis Graham.
The want-away midfielder has been linked with several Absa Premiership clubs, including Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns, as well as a potential move to the United States.
However, any concrete offer is yet to materialise and Graham, 24, has been training with Ajax’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge team since the start of the pre-season.
Menzo was again confronted by the ongoing Graham saga after his side’s 1-1 draw against Golden Arrows in their opening match of the season on Saturday.
When asked if Graham’s future could be resolved before their next match against Maritzburg United on Wednesday, the former Holland goalkeeper replied: “What do you think if you don’t train the whole pre-season; you think you going to come after two training sessions and you think you’re going to play against Maritzburg? I don’t think so.
“That will certainly not change against the Maritzburg match. He made his decision and we have to respect that, and again it’s not easy to not train and have a good pre-season and to play matches like this, you can see it.
“All of those boys had a good pre-season and you can see they struggled [against Arrows]. If you don’t kick the ball for a long time and you have to run after the ball for a long time then, of course, you’re going to struggle.
“You could see in [Saturday’s] game against Arrows: the last 10, 15 minutes we struggled a bit on that side.”
According to Menzo, the club is working furiously behind the scenes to strengthen the squad before the transfer window closes at the end of August as his team is “not there” yet.
“It’s not always easy but we are busy [in the transfer market],” Menzo further explained. “I think there are three to four positions where we could be stronger. We know that for every position we need a good back-up and not only for suspensions but to challenge each other and keep each other on their toes so that you don’t sit back and think always you going to play.
“Every training, every match you have to perform otherwise someone else will take your place. So, I think it’s good to have that competition in our squad,” said Menzo.