Ajax talk up ‘monster’ Lupeta

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The 23-year-old Portuguese striker joined the Urban Warriors from Bidvest Wits after failing to make the desired impact under Gavin Hunt, with no goals in his four League starts and seven substitute appearances for the PSL runners-up.

And Ajax’s assistant coach d’Avray has sung the powerful forward’s praises, and feels he is a superb addition to the Cape club’s squad.

"We’ve already nicknamed him ‘The Beast’," d’Avray told reporters. "You must see this guy – I tell you, he really is strong. I don’t think there’s a stronger striker in the League, and I mean that, sincerely. 

"He’s got some really good qualities – he’s got a directness about him, and when he receives the ball, his first thought is to turn and have a shot a goal."

D’Avray admits the former Portugal Under-18 international is not the finished product, but is excited at the prospect of utilising his athleticism and strength on the pitch

"We have to polish him up a little bit, as there’s some areas of his game where he is lacking," he adds.

"But I think when you see him on the field you’ll understand what I’m talking about. He really is a monster."

Lupeta will rival last season’s club top scorer Prince Nxumalo, veteran Nathan Paulse, and recently called-up U-23 international Tashreeq Morris, for a starting berth in Ajax’s strikeforce in the coming campaign.

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