Ari Efstathiou hails Dean Solomons and Leo Thethani's transfer to Ajax Amsterdam
Posted: 19 September 2017 Time: 10:10
Ajax Cape Town boss Ari Efstathiou says the transfer of his two starlets to the Netherlands proves the club’s relationship with Ajax Amsterdam is still well and good.
Eighteen-year-old duo Dean Solomons and Leo Thethani touched down in the Netherlands on Sunday, having both been snapped up by the Dutch mother-club in the transfer window after impressing in the Ajax Cape Town junior ranks – an unprecedented move which the Cape club boss has labelled as “huge”.
“This is big,” Efstathiou told KickOff.com. “Never, ever in 18 years have we taken two youngsters at the same time to the young Ajax Amsterdam squad, ever. The closest was when Daylon Claasen went, before he kicked a ball for us. But two in one shot has never happened before, and for me that’s huge. It’s a huge achievement, for the boys and the club.”
Efstathiou further described the nature of the deal: “It’s a four-year deal. They will go straight into the young Ajax reserve team and if they can push through, they can then make it to the first team tomorrow.”
Efstathiou feels the transfer has cast away any doubt over the Cape club’s relationship with their Dutch counterparts, and has hinted there could be even more deals of the same nature in future.
“All the journalism talk of our relationship with Ajax Amsterdam can now be squashed because they are backing the team completely, and the proof is in the pudding,” he said. “The players are now there, and the question now is, can we get more players over there? There are a couple of prospects that they are looking at, and you never know, they might pull another one or two.”