Following local, regional and national competitions, the Ajax Cape Town U15 squad secured a spot in the World Finals of the 2012 Manchester United Premier Cup in Shanghai.
The tournament ran from 22-25 July at the Shanghai Shenhua’s Training Ground.
Ajax Cape Town were placed in a group with; Dinamo Zagreb, Boca Juniors as well as two host teams; Shanghai FA and Manchester United.
Their Coach, David Nyathi was impressed with how well they adapted to the conditions and he was determined to keep their spirits high. For their 1st match the Ajax boys even went on to the pitch singing and their enthusiasm was noticed by all. They fought hard in all their matches and overcame many obstacles. The boys finished 14th in the tournament and they gained a lot of praise, exposure and most importantly experience.
The final was played on Wednesday 25th July at The Shanghai National Stadium between Universidad Catolica from Chile and Gamba Osaka from Japan. The match ended in a 2-1 result, crowning Universidad Catolica the Champions of the 2012 Manchester United Premier Cup.