Ajax Cape Town boss is targeting silverware with the Urban Warriors this season
Posted: 16 September 2017 Time: 08:00
Ajax Cape Town boss Ari Efstathiou is desperate for silverware this season, and feels he has a strong squad to push on all fronts this season.
The Urban Warriors brought in a number of recruits over the past transfer window, welcoming the likes of Sedwyn George, Juanid Sait, Ejike Uzoenyi, Tercious Malepe and Mario Booysen to Ikamva as they look for an improved showing following last season’s trophyless campaign, and 10th-placed Absa Premiership finish.
Efstathiou says he is pleased with the club’s dealings, adding that there will be at least two more new faces at the club soon, but refused to reveal their names.
“I think we did nicely,” he tells KickOff.com.
“We were hoping to conclude a couple more deals which we did not manage, but I think we will do a couple more free transfers over the next month. I’d rather hold back on that [names and positions], but they will definitely add some value.”
The Ajax owner feels he has a solid squad at his disposal, and although acknowledging that only results will prove their worth, he feels the team is on the right track.
“If I look at the squad this year compared to last year, I think we have a more focused team,” he said. “Defensively we’re nice and strong and secure; we’re sitting with four wingers which we didn’t have last year – Ejike, [Thabo] Mosadi and the two younger ones [Innocent] Nemukondeni and [Neo] Makua – and we’ve got players who will attack from the frontline – if Prince [Nxumalo] tires, 'Tassie' [Tashreeq Morris] looks very capable of scoring, as well as Sedwyn George. In the midfield, I’m comfortable – [Toriq] Losper is coming back to training, but we’re very strong there as well.
“Only results will tell, but we’re definitely getting to that confidence I want back.”
Having last lifted a trophy two years ago – the 2015 MTN8 – Efstathiou says his side will be pushing on every front this term, with victory in any competition a must.
“The instruction is: we need silverware,” he said. “Obviously silverware in cups is easier than silverware in the league, but the instruction is to go for gold.”
Ajax picked up their first win of the season on Friday night with a 2-0 defeat of Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium.