‘City play like Ajax’


The tall shot-stopper was announced as City’s latest signing last week, joining from Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam with who he mainly featured in the reserve team.

Leeuwenburgh, who has been capped by the Oranje at junior international level, says he’s felt right at home despite only just arriving in Cape Town.

“I’m very excited and happy to be here,” he told reporters. “I’ve only been here for a week, but it feels like I’ve here for almost a year now, so I’m very excited.”

Leeuwenburgh received his first taste of local football after featuring in City’s friendly 1-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs in Sunday’s Mpumalanga Cultural Xperience Cup, and said he enjoyed his unofficial debut in South Africa.

“It was very nice – of course if you win, it’s always nice,” he said. “But I enjoyed it – of course it’s different to Europe, but we try to play a nice type of football here, and I think we did a good job. I loved it.”

Having joined from Ajax, where Benni McCarthy also played early in his career, Leeuwenburgh says the style the City coach tries to implement in training is very similar to what he was used to at his previous side.

“Benni is a very nice coach – the way he likes to play is quite similar to how we played at Ajax,” he said. “Of course he played at Ajax as well, so I like him, he’s very good, he motivates us all and wants us to work hard.”

Leeuwenburgh will compete with Sage Stephens and Samora Motlaung for the number one jersey this season, with the Dutch keeper hoping to get the nod for the first game of the season against visiting SuperSport United on Saturday evening.