Ayabulela Magqwaka - Fact File

Aya Eager To Leave Ajax For Game-Time

Following the revelation that he wanted out of Ajax Cape Town, the working relationship between defender Ayabulela Magqwaka and the team has reached an all-time low. The young defender from Gugulethu in Western Cape opens up about his situation at Ajax and reveals why he doesn`t want to play for the Urban Warriors anymore.

Personal Information
Full names: Ayabulela Magqwaka
Date of birth: 12 February 1996
Place of Birth: Gugulethu, Cape Town
Nickname: Aya
Position: Defender
Jersey no: 19
Club: Ajax Cape Town
Previous Clubs:  Cultural Roots, Vasco Da Gama juniors
Honours: 2013 Metropolitan Cup winner, 2013 Copa Amsterdam winner (both with Ajax U19). 2013 U20 Cosafa Cup winner, 2013 Zone 6 Games (all with SA U20), 46 SA U17 caps, 20 U20 caps 

Merry Christmas in advanced Aya. Earlier this season you made a passionate plea for first team game-time, but it seems as though nothing has changed for you at Ajax?
My current situation at Ajax is kind of difficult because as you know I have never been given the chance to prove myself. It feels to me like they are not boosting me, and only the national team is. In my current situation, it`s kind of difficult to know what I`m capable of if I`m not given a chance to show my talent and how much I can offer the team.

You have not hidden your desire to leave Ajax. Why is it that you want to leave the Urban Warriors?
There is no specific reason why I want to leave. It`s just me wanting to get game-time and gain experience. Leaving Ajax would be heart-breaking. I have become who I am because of the club and also having to leave my family in Cape Town won’t be good. But as a young footballer I want to play and I`m not getting any game-time here at Ajax. All I need is a chance to prove myself.

Does it make sense to you that you can`t get into the first team at a youthful side like Ajax?
Well, I just think that I have worked hard and I do have deserve the chance to play in the team.

Could we see you leaving Ajax in the January transfer window?
Well, from my side I`m not changing my stance because I really don`t see myself playing for Ajax again. Hopefully they will release me.

It must having been disappointing for you to suffer an injury ahead of Bafana`s game against Sudan when it looked likely that you would get the chance to make your Bafana debut.
Yeah, it was very disappointing. Hopefully I will get another chance to make my Bafana debut soon, but I know that I have to work very hard to regain my position in the national team set-up.

Okay… You had a trial with Bidvest Wits, but nothing came of those trials.
What happened is that Gavin Hunt said he wanted to see me, so I went there and I trained with the team. I don`t know if it was a mini trial or something, but I had to go back to Ajax and I don`t know what happened with regards to that trial. My Agent has not said anything either, so I don`t really know if I will join Wits or not in the future.

This season is Rodger De Sa’s first full season in charge of Ajax. With his record working with young players, don`t you think it would be wise of you to stick with Ajax this season?
I know that Rodger likes working with young players, which is good for Ajax because they are a young team.

You have been linked with a move to Mamelodi  Sundowns, who were  reportedly keen to sign you during the recess transfer period. How did it feel to hear the news of Downs interest in you?
That was the best news I ever heard. Hearing that a big club like Sundowns are interested in me at the age of 18 was something really special.

Aya, good luck for your future, and thanks for your time.
Thanks man.