It was announced on Thursday that Kenyan international Ali Abondo would leave Ajax Cape on mutually agreed terms.
Abondo was signed by Roger de Sa at the end of last season and featured in three games for the Urban Warriors, but the midfielder was yet to make an official appearance this season largely due to injury and stiff competition for a place in the team.
“Abondo has been extremely unfortunate with injury and now has strong competition for his play-making position in the middle of the park, especially after the signing of Zambian international Roderick Kabwe which will see him down the pecking order if he stayed,” said Ajax’s CEO Ari Efstathiou on the club’s official website.
“Coach Stanley Menzo also believes it is in Abondo’s best interest that the club allows him to leave.”
Ajax also announced that they would be parting with Portuguese striker Joaquim Lupeta who will be heading back to Portugal because of lack of game time.
Lupeta, who is Portuguese but of DRC decent and joined from Bidvest Wits earlier in the season, has also struggled to find regular game time with the likes of Nathan Paulse and Prince Nxumalo ahead of him in selection.
“Lupeta wants game time and he is unlikely to get much of that with the form both Paulse and Nxumalo are showing in attack,” added Efstathiou.
“His contract finishes at the end of June and after discussions with him he has decided to leave because he wants to play more. He is heading back to Portugal.”