Ajax Cape Town's youth side which won the prestigious Copa Amsterdam title will return to Cape Town tonight
The Aegon Copa Amsterdam attracts some the best under-19 sides on the planet including AFC Ajax, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Chelsea Ghana, Men United, Cruzeiro EC, Fluminense, Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax Cape Town.
The Urban Warriors side comprised of their group of youth players and two first team players in the form of Travis Graham and Abbubaker Mobara.
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The ninth edition of the tournament saw Ajax starting off well with a win over African rivals Chelsea Ghana. They continued to show good fighting spirit by qualifiying for the semi-final stage, where they faced Fluminense.
A surprise 1-0 win followed as Micheal Wong netted the winner for the underdog side from Cape Town. A brilliant performance from goalkeeper Aphiwe Mhlongo kept the Brazilian outfit quiet, securing a final berth for the young team.
A final against German powerhouse Borussia Mönchengladbach may have been too steep a trial for the Urban Warriors, but they showed their mettle by playing to a 2-2 draw at the end of 90 minutes.
Penalties were needed to seperate the teams and decide the Copa Amsterdam winner and Ajax prevailed 5-4, after two missed spot-kicks from the German team.
The team will return to a heroes welcome at the Cape Town international airport tonight, with their title displaying a bright future for the club which did not enjoy a strong PSL season in 2012/2013.
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