Local stars set to shine at the Cape Town Stadium Soccer Festival
The two Mother City Premier Soccer League sides Santos and Ajax Cape Town is packed with upcoming rising talent, a result of two of the best youth development systems in the country.
There will be plenty of talent on show for fans, including these local stars:
The defender, who can play either as a centre-back or right-back, has been one of the outstanding players of the Premier Soccer League season so far in a defence that has conceded just 13 goals in 23 games.
The 25-year-old must be on the verge of a Bafana Bafana call-up after two consistent seasons, and although defending may not be the most exciting aspect of the game, it is always a pleasure to see a true master at work.
Midfielder Tyren Arendse is a veteran of this fixture, having spent most of his career at Santos apart from some years away at Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
The 29-year-old Bafana Bafana international is Cape Town born and bred, and he will relish the opportunity to face up to his old foes in Ajax Cape Town, having netted in four competitive matches against the Urban Warriors, one behind the all-time record of five goals from Jean-Marc Ithier.
The 23-year-old is one of the best players to emerge from Cape Town in recent years and he is a key member of this Santos side, providing incisive attacking play and plenty of goals.
The junior international star has also been on the fringes of Bafana Bafana selection in recent times and is having another fine season for The People’s Team, scoring against Ajax Cape Town in the League.
King is a veteran of the Cape Town soccer scene having played for both Ajax Cape Town and Santos in his career.
Having begun his career with Ajax Cape Town, the 24-year-old moved on to Maritzburg United, before returning to the Mother City to represent Santos. A skilful midfielder, he is an excellent provider and scorer of goals.
As a wonderful striker he is surprisingly skilful for a big man, and gives his coach plenty of options with his quick feet, height and eye for goal.
The 24-year-old Bafana Bafana international has spent his entire career with Santos and is the chief striker of the side.
AJAX CAPE TOWN
The 24-year-old right-back has progressed right through the ranks at Ajax Cape Town and remains a ‘one-club’ man.
Allie has one Bafana Bafana cap to his name and should win more in the future with his assured defending and willingness to get forward.
The veteran skipper and left-back scored in Ajax Cape Town first-ever League win against Santos back in 2001 and has remained with the Urban Warriors ever since, making nearly 300 appearances.
A set-piece specialist, he scores some fantastic goals with his powerful left boot, and has been rewarded with 10 Bafana Bafana caps in his career.
The tricky right-winger is a real prospect for the future and at the age of just 20 has been ear-marked as a future Bafana Bafana international.
With his skills on the ball and direct running style, he is an exciting player to watch, and he also has an eye for spectacular goals.
The Botswana international midfielder-cum-striker was once a stalwart of the Santos side but is now very much a favourite with the Urban Warriors.
He has also played professionally in his homeland, as well as the USA and Denmark, and is one of the more experienced members of what is otherwise a young Ajax Cape Town side.
The young striker is a hot prospect and a possible future Bafana Bafana international, having done expertly for the national Under-20 side at the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.
He joined from SuperSport United at the start of the current season and has settled in well the Cape, where he is becoming a firm crowd favourite with his skilful play.