Tough 2018 for Ajax Cape Town, George Lebese, Tokelo Rantie and Travis Graham
Posted: 31 December 2018 Time: 15:20
As KickOff.com looks back on the year that was, we recall some of the tough times endured by various parties in South African football.
Ajax Cape Town
Undoubtedly the worst year in the club’s history as they were relegated from the South African topflight for the first time since their formation back in 1999.
An administrative mishap saw the Urban Warriors sign former Orlando Pirates striker Tendai Ndoro on a free transfer from Saudi Arabian side Al-Faisaly in January, unaware that playing him in the same season - as he played for two previous clubs - would be in contravention of the 'FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players'.
Numerous legal battles ensued, which included appearances at the South Gauteng High Court, but to no avail as the club suffered the devastating fate of dropping to the National First Division.
The 25-year-old has been without a team since June, after his departure from boyhood club Ajax, where he spent the last season in exile from the first team and therefore made no appearances in 2018.
Rantie spent the better part of 2018 without a club after walking out of Turkish side Genclerbirligi at the end of 2017 due to personal issues, before being handed a lifeline by Cape Town City at the end of August.
However, his off-the-field issues continued to plague his career and he was recently released by the Mother City club without kicking a ball in a competitive game.
Similarly, Lebese went from star-status to a serial bench warmer and has since been given permission to seek greener pastures after just 18 months at Mamelodi Sundowns.
Throughout this year, the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder has managed only six appearances – totaling just 206 minutes on the park and has yet to feature in the 2018/19 campaign.
For each party, it would have been a year to take plenty of imperative lessons from – at least, so we hope.