Jaakkola extends Ajax stay

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The move puts to bed months of speculation that the Finish shot-stopper was angling for a move to Europe.

Jaakkola has in the recent past cited family reasons for a desire to leave South Africa, but has now committed himself to another season with the Urban Warriors.

The player has been training on his own at Ikamva for the last couple of weeks to keep in shape.

A source close to Ajax affairs has confirmed Jaakkola’s decision to stay and believes it is a big boost for the squad as he is a key figure in the team.

“He [Anssi] clearly saves about 10-15 goals a season for the club and he's also been our most consistent performer over the last couple of seasons, so we’re glad he decided to stay on,” a club official tells KickOff.com.

Jaakkola has also confirmed his stay.

“I am still a player of Ajax Cape Town. I still have a year remaining on my contract with Ajax. What happened is that the club had a one-year option which they exercised some months ago,” he explains.

“So that means for now I remain their player for at least another season according to the contract. So for now I will be staying, that is what it is for now.”

The news is not particularly encouraging for South Africa Under-23 goalkeeper Jody February and Brandon Petersen, who have been stuck behind Jaakkola for a while.

By Lovemore Moyo and Seraj Jones