Fanteni signs for Maccabi Haifa
Ajax Cape Town are proud to announce that star striker Thembinkosi 'Tera' Fanteni has signed for Israel's Maccabi Haifa on a three-year-deal worth R10-million. 'Tera' will continue to play for the 'Urban Warriors' until December and will join the Israeli-giants when the January 2008 transfer window opens.
Haifa is one of the Israel's most successful teams, being the first Israeli club to qualify for the group phase of the UEFA Champions League. Since its founding year of 1913, Fanteni's new club have won 10 league championship titles, five state cup titles and three toto cups.
After lengthy negotiations between Ajax and Haifa an agreement on the player's transfer was reached late on Thursday, October 11.
An excited Fanteni said: "I had a good trial with Maccabi and knew that they were keen on securing my services. After returning I had to wait for the clubs to reach an agreement and I am glad that this was accomplished.
"Earlier this season there was a number of offers on the table [from PSL clubs], however Ajax [Cape Town] were confident that we could secure a contract abroad and I was not released.
"I have always dreamed of playing abroad and now I aim to make my stay in Israel a successful one. I plan to establish myself at Maccabi Haifa and in the national team, especially with the 2010 World Cup on the horizon," concluded Fanteni.
This past week has been hectic for the Cape-based striker, who arrived in Cape Town late on Monday evening after a successful trial in Israel.
On Tuesday, he joined his Ajax team-mates at Ikamva for a training session and reported for national duty on Wednesday after being included in the Bafana Bafana squad to face world champions Italy in a friendly match on Wednesday, October 17.
Meanwhile, Ajax PRO 'Shooz' Mekuto wished 'Tera' well on behalf of the club, saying: "We at Ajax Cape Town wish 'Tera' all the best for his move to Maccabi Haifa.
"Naturally we are sad to see him go, but we urge our fans to come and watch this naturally gifted striker in his last games for Ajax ahead of his move to Israel.
"Fanteni has come a long way since his early days playing the 'beautiful game' in Paarl," continued Mekuto, "and I have always believed he was always destined to play on a bigger stage."