Urban Warriors training abroad
Two Ajax Cape Town players are making waves overseas for all the right reasons, last week Abbubaker Mobara participated in the 2012 Aegon Future Cup in Amsterdam and despite his team finishing in sixth position he was invited to remain in Amsterdam and train with the Dutch giants.
Mobara, from Woodlands Mitchells Plain captained the Ajax Cape Town U17 team in Amsterdam. He also captained the Ajax U17 team to the CTTFA League and Knock-Out titles as well as the Engen Knock-Out Challenge Championship in 2011.
Mobara, a centre/right-back crowned a great year by winning the 2011 Urban Warrior Award at the Ajax Cape Town Youth Academy Awards at the end of last season.
“Barra” will stay in Amsterdam for another week to train under the scrutiny of the AFC Ajax Youth Development technical team while the rest of his U17 teammates return home to prepare for the start of their league season.
On the other side of the world, Brett Evans came on in the second half for the Portland Timbers FC reserves (MSL) in a friendly against Sounders FC Reserves at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.
Evans arrived in the USA over the weekend and joined the “Timbers” for a week-long trial. Brett holds the club record for Ajax Cape Town of more than 300 appearances since 1999, but he has made only a hand-full of appearances this season. Brett was capped twelve times at U23 level and four times for Bafana.
Portlands Timbers was alerted to Brett’s desire to continue his career overseas and invited the player for a trial.
Evans recently told a local website, “It is a difficult decision to make. Obviously I have been at Ajax for a long time but I want to play and I have to look at overseas possibilities to make that happen.”