Doutie targets top three with Ajax

The 27-year-old, who enjoyed a four-year spell with Ajax between 2007 and 2011 before stints with Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits and Indian Super League side Atlético de Kolkata, put pen to paper with his former club last week, signing on for the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign.

Doutie says he’s thrilled to be back in the Mother City, and outlined his target for his Ikamva side, who currently sit ninth on the Absa Premiership standings.

“I’m back home for six months and hopefully I can help Ajax move up the table,” he told the club’s website. “The team has been doing really well in their last couple of games so the aim is obviously to move up into the top three or five – which is still possible because we are only seven points off the pace. It all starts with the first game against Bidvest Wits next week.”

Having scored 15 goals in 26 games for previous club Atletico de Kolkota who he helped to league glory, Doutie then spoke of what he learnt from his time in India.

“There a quality players playing there, only six internationals can play at one time – five Indian players in the starting 11 – so obviously you are as an international competing against other internationals, star players form around the world,” he said.

“Helder Postiga, Diego Forlan and Florent Malouda played there [last year], Aaron Hughes who played at the Euro’s for Northern Ireland as well, so there were quite a few well-known international players.

“Obviously for me it was a major experience, the crowd there…it was crazy playing in front of 90 000 people, 100 000 people.”

Doutie says he’s impressed with the current Ajax squad, and insists belief is all the side needs to ensure a successful second half of the season.

“We have a bunch of quality players that can reach even greater heights,” he said. “That is why I said top three is possible still, top five obviously, which we can push for in the second round of the season.

“It is going to take all the players, we have great talent among us, it’s just that the players have to start believing in themselves, start believing they can do it and anything is possible because the league is still very open.”

Ajax face joint log-leaders Wits in Johannesburg on 8 February.