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Evans impressed by young Warriors 07/04/05
Ajax Cape Town defender Brett Evans is impressed by the rapid strides the younger players are making at the Urban Warriors.

Coach Gordan Igesund picked a virtual Colts team - with the exception of goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs and defenders Cyrille Kitambala, Dominic Isaacs, Tsholola Tshinyama and Evans - against a full-strength Jomo Cosmos side at Newlands on Wednesday night.

The youngsters acquitted themselves well to earn the home team a well-deserved 2-0 victory.

The 23-year-old, who scored the opening goal with a scorching free-kick, predicts a bright future for the Ajax starlets.

"The under/19's team have been training with us for some time now so that has made it easier for them to settle, but they definitely have talent," the left-back told the official Ajax website.

"Granwald Scott especially is a star of the future. He's very good. Then again Mfundo Shumana and Nhlanhla Shabalala have also been playing well, while Lunga (Dlangadlu) is also doing good work"

Shabalala capped a fine performance with a clinical header past Ezenkhosi's goal-keeper Avril Phali in the 63rd minute to seal the three points.

Although Ajax will be thrilled with the progress of their development programme, a tough African Champions  League encounter against Fellow Star Labe awaits at Newlands on Sunday.

The task is made that much more difficult because of the unknown factor the Guinean side pose.

Evans, however, is not too worried by that as he is just enjoying the experience of being able to compete in the continent's most prestigious tournament.

"Although we have not seen much of them, we are watching as many highlights packages on the African football channel of their games as possible. We are not fazed by that as it is just such an incredible tournament to play in."

One major hint to emerge from the 'highlights packages' was the quality of the Fellow Star goalkeeper Soumah Abdoulaye.

"Their goalie is definitely their star. He made some amazing saves in the last round. Our strikers need to be in top form to get past him," he added.

The wing-back also stated that Ajax's own star custodian Josephs will not be in goals on Sunday. Although he has been cleared to play in the Castle Premiership, 'Slimkat' has not been granted permission by the Confederation of African Football to play in the Champions League.

Reserve goalkeeper Andre Petim will then resume his tenure in the Ajax goal after deputising in the PSL for the Bafana Bafana international while he was suspended for using a 'banned' substance.

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