The Urban Warriors are much changed from the end of last season, with Hans Vonk having retired and the pair of Thulani Serero and Sameehg Doutie transferring away from Cape TownAjax Cape Town will use Cape Town’s World Cup stadium as their home ground this season.
Their first official match at Cape Town Stadium will be against SuperSport United in the MTN quarter-final on Friday, August 5.
Ajax announced on Tuesday that they had signed a three-year deal with the municipal authorities to use the stadium.
Ajax chief executive George Comitis told the Cape Argus that the deal, which will be reviewed year by year, had been structured around five different categories – crowds of 7 000, 10 000, 15 000, 22 500 and 40 000 – and the cost calculated accordingly.
The Cape team is much changed from the end of last season: the likes of Hans Vonk (retired), Thulani Serero and Sameehg Doutie (transferred) are no longer with the club.
However, Ajax have recruited several new players and recalled Cole Alexander and Aidan Jenniker, who both impressed during their loan spells at Vasco da Gama last term.
Matsatsantsa have also had a number of comings and goings in the off-season, though their biggest signing, former Bafana Bafana star Sibusiso Zuma, will miss much of the new campaign due to injury.
This will be the Ajax’s ninth match in the MTN8 since 2008-09. Their best performance in the competition was runner-up in 2009-10.
SuperSport will be playing their sixth MTN8 match since 2008-09. They progressed as far as the semi-finals in 2008-09 but have fallen at the quarter-final stage in the last two seasons.