Ajax Cape Town have promoted promising Gugulethu teenager, Luthando Matheza from the U19 team to the PSL squad. After joining the Ajax youth academy in 2010 at the age of 12, going a full circle to become the latest player to be promoted to Roger De Sa’s squad for the 2016/17 PSL season.
The Gugs-born midfielder signed his first professional contract with the club after making impressive progress through the club’s youth ranks. Luthando will join Masilake Phohlongo, Sergio Kammies and Darren Johnson in the PSL squad, all of whom were recently promoted from the club’s remarkably successful U19 side.
Luthando played an instrumental role in facilitating a historic double cup win in Europe recently, as the Ajax Cape Town U19 side were crowned 2016 NextGen and ESAD Cup champions. He also captained the club’s U17 side in the 2015 Engen Knockout Championships, where the club lifted both the Regional and National competitions. For his brilliant displays in midfield, contributing to goals as well as assists in both tournaments, Luthando was awarded the Player of the Tournament Award in both Engen events.
The 18-year-old left footed playmaker excelled in every age group throughout the prestigious Ajax Cape Town youth ranks, developing beyond expectation, getting on the score sheet regularly and providing ample assists for his teammates – making Roger De Sa’s decision simple.Ajax Cape Town Head Coach, Roger De Sa: “It’s absolutely great to have another quality youngster in the squad. Luthando has come along very well with his progress throughout the youth ranks. He recently had a great Engen tournament where he won all the awards. He continued to develop after that and played a big part in our U19’s being so successful in Europe, winning two trophies over there. The next six months is vital for Luthando now, if he continues to develop on this path, he can definitely become the next Ajax star.”
The club wishes Luthando Matheza all of the best with the 2016/17 PSL season. As a club, Ajax Cape Town will continue to live up to its principle of No Youth No Future.