With the Ajax squad due to start their pre-season training program, Ajaxct.com spoke to the Urban Warriors inspirational defender Sipho Ndzuzo about how he is feeling and how he thinks the squad is shaping up for the upcoming Premier Soccer League campaign.
Yesterday Ndzuzo joined the rest of his team-mates at the Ikamva training base where they were put through their medical tests.
"Everything went fine in the medical, he said. Although I have enjoyed the off-season rest period, I have also spent some time in the gym to make sure that my fitness stayed at a good level. I am looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow."
Ajax have been busy in the transfer market during the break, and recently completed the signing of four players from the Democratic Republic of Congo - two defenders and two midfielders.
Ndzuzo feels that these new signings will add depth, as well as experience, to the squad: "I am happy that the club has signed these players as they have a good amount of experience from playing in African competitions for their club and country."
The dread-locked star, who is a veteran by PSL standards, feels that the experience which players like himself, Robert Nauseb and Josep Ngake bring to the young Ajax team is vital.
"It is important to have a good blend of experience to supplement the youth, he said. Although some of the young players have enormous ability, it is up to older players like myself to guide them.
Having more experienced players around helps to bring consistency to the team, which could be seen at the end of last season when we finished very strongly, even though we were facing relegation."
Ndzuzo, who has tasted PSL glory before under coach Igesund while at Manning Rangers, sees no reason why he can't repeat that feat with his current club: "After the successful end to last season, and with the new signings we have made, I feel confident that we can challenge strongly for honours this season.
We have one of the best coaches in the country, and if we play to our full ability there is no reason why we can't achieve great things."
On a personal note, Ndzuzo also harbours ambitions of representing his country again: Obviously I feel that I am good enough to receive a call-up again. All that I can do now is play well for my club and then it is up to the selectors to choose me, he said.