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Overmars confirms Amsterdam commitment to Cape Town

Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou (Gallo Images)
Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town's mother club, Ajax Amsterdam, currently have representatives in the Mother City and have underlined their commitment to the Premiership outfit.

There had been media speculation recently suggesting that the Dutch giants were unsatisfied with the return on investment and the general relationship they had with their Cape Town satellite club.

Urban Warriors CEO Ari Efstathiou strongly refuted such talk in a press release, however, which read: "We have been in close contact with Ajax Amsterdam since taking over the management of the club in July 2013 and have worked closely with our partners in the Netherlands to grow the Ajax brand in South Africa and Africa.

"Our recent successes on the field in 2015 have been closely monitored by Amsterdam and the promotion of a large number of talented youth players from the academy is in line with their global strategy."

Ajax Amsterdam Director of Football, Marc Overmars, says he hopes to see the ties between the two clubs being strengthened.

"We are staying here for three days and I have been at the club every day to see the training sessions. Matches were organised for everyone from 14 to 17-years-old, yesterday the 19-year-olds too, so I've got a good impression of what's going on," the former Arsenal and Barcelona star said. 

"I'm happy with the plans they've shown us for the future. I think we at Ajax [Amsterdam] can also do more from our side, bring more to keep things going well.

"It's been a very interesting trip. It's a very busy month for us, because January is transfer month for us, so it says a lot that I came here together with the Financial Director.

"It's a very good sign that we come here during such a hectic time for Ajax Amsterdam. We have seen a lot, we know what we have to improve.

"We want to go to the top of Europe again, we need the best players to do so. You can see that there is a lot of talent at the club, but it is never easy for players to survive. We have to support them all the way."

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