MDC star excited to join Dutch giants

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The 17-year-old Burkina Faso international has just penned a five-year deal with the Dutch giants.

Traoré faces stern competition for game-time from the likes of fellow strikers David Neres and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but he is determined to show he can do the job in the Eredivisie.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to my new journey,” Troaré told

“What counts in my favour is that I have been here before and I know the culture of the club. My aim is to play regularly but in order for me to do that I have to show them that I can add value to the team, you know. Hence I’m prepared to work hard and be committed to the club.”

Ajax Amsterdam sent the teenager to Cape Town two years ago to complete his studies at Northlink College as he was ineligible for a work permit due to his age.

During his time with the Urban Warriors' reserve team, Troaré shared the top scorer award in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge with nine goals.

“I would like to thank Mr Ari Efstathiou [Ajax Cape Town CEO] and everyone at the club for the love they have shown me during my time here,” said Traoré.

“It was a very enjoyable experience and they made my stay in Cape Town very warm, especially Louis de Faria and his wife where I was staying during my time here. Thanks to all of you that played a role in my career.”

Traore, who was born in the Ivory Coast, will officially complete the move to Ajax Amsterdam when he turns 18 on January 3 in the transfer window.