Ajax Cape Town’s under-19 team will head off to Europe this weekend, where they will play in the annual Terborg Tournament, which is celebrating its 40th edition.

Ajax have been drawn in a group alongside Tottenham Hotspur, Brazilian team Flamengo and Dutch club Vitesse, while Liverpool, De Graafschap, FC Midtjylland and Palmeiras will make up the other assemble.

Ajax’s Head of Football Hans Vonk, who is also serving as Head of Youth, says he is looking forward to the tour, his third since he re-joined the club as a member of the backroom staff.

The former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper says they have selected a good balance of players, a few who have experienced the European tour, including Kegan Johannes, who played eight games for the NFD team this season.

Ajax have always done well at the Terborg Tournament. They were runners-up at the last two competitions and Vonk says they are targeting winning the tournament this time around.

After the tournament, some of the team’s players will return to Holland at the end of June where the Ajax under-18s will tackle in the Next Gen tournament in Amsterdam. – Report by Rob Delport