Ajax confirm two more Academy graduates

The pair become the latest in a long line of players to have made the step up at the Urban Warriors of late, after Zaakir Allie was handed his first professional contract with the club earlier in March, while forward Tashreeq Matthews earned his promotion in February.

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Before that, Kiyaam Bull and Leo Thethani also graduated from the Academy, and the Cape Town giants have now confirmed the promotions of defender Abrahams and midfielder Koopstadt.

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Ajax posted on their official website: 'Having joined the club’s youth structures in 2009 & 2011 respectively, Keenan and Riyaaz have risen through the ranks together and have this past season featured prominently for the club’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge and ABC Motsepe League teams.

Keenan is a centre-back my trade, while Riyaaz functions in midfield. The duo both hail from Cape Town with Keenan growing up in Grassy Park and Riyaaz in Bonteheuwel – home to both Grant Margeman and Mario Booysen.

Everyone at Ajax Cape Town would like to congratulate Keenan and Riyaaz and we are excited to watch them take the next step in their respective footballing careers.'