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Football | Absa Premiership

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Ajax deny liquidation reports



Ajax Cape Town have moved swiftly to refute reports the club faces liquidation because of a family feud that has split the shareholders.

A statement from the club’s chief executive officer George Comitis denied that the club could go under because boardroom conflict cannot be resolved.

“It is common knowledge that the club has borne the brunt of feuding between the Comitis and the Efstathiou families who own Cape Town Stars, the company that holds 49 percent of Ajax Cape Town, in conjunction with 51 percent majority shareholder, Ajax Amsterdam,” the club said on Tuesday.

“The allegations were made following an announcement by Ari Efstathiou that a Cape Town Stars board meeting will be held on Thursday at which the future of the club will be discussed.

Comitis said that there were no grounds for liquidation and it would be completely unjustifiable to jeopardise the livelihoods of the professional soccer players who play for the club, their coaches and the staff as a whole for the personal gain of a few individuals.

“Ajax Cape Town has a proud history that has been built over the past 12 years and represents the dreams of thousands of kids wishing to become professional soccer players. Ajax is much stronger than the few individuals who wish to allow a hidden agenda to jeopardize the dreams of these kids as well as the livelihood of our players, our youth players, our coaches, our staff, not to mention letting down our massive support base across South Africa,” he said.

“Ajax Cape Town together with Ajax Amsterdam will do everything in its power to ensure the club remains a reliable and valuable member of the South African football fraternity,” the statement concluded.

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