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We're excited about playing in Africa - Igesund 14/12/04
Ajax Cape Town coach Gordon Igesund says that the Urban Warriors are eagerly looking forward to participating in the African Champion's League next year.

The Cape Town side has been drawn to play the relatively unknown Mhlambanyatsi Rovers of Swaziland at the end of January.

"We are very excited about being in Africa," said an upbeat Igesund. "It has always been one of our priorities to play in the Champions League. The players will gain invaluable experience, and there is also substantial prize-money at stake."

Igesund admitted to not knowing too much about his side's opponents, but said that he will be doing extensive research into the team before the clash next year.

"Not much is known about the team, so I can't say whether the draw is good or bad. They are the current champions, so they must be a decent side.

"At present they are lying seventh on the log, and I will be hoping to get some video tapes and other information about the team."

Ajax seem to be a team well prepared to survive the rigours of playing on the continent as they have four players from the DRC on their books, as well as Zimbabweans Norman Mapeza (who has played in the European Champion's League) and Wilfred Mugeyi.

"Yes, the DRC players in the Ajax squad are experienced campaigners in African competition. Three of them are from TP Mazembe, which is the club we will face if we win our first round tie, so they will be able to assist me with inside information on their former team."

By Anthony McLennan

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