Akpabio to make way for countryman
George Akpabio of Ajax Cape Town warms up
The striker joined the Ikamva outfit in January 2012, but is facing the possibility of a loan move away from Ajax, in order to accommodate his fellow countryman James Okwousa.
Okwousa’s arrival would mean that the Urban Warriors have overstepped their foreigner quota by one player; therefore forcing someone to make way.
“We spoke with George Akpabio,” coach Maarten Stekelenburg announced at his press conference. “He is still contracted with the club but we have to find a solution for George, where he can play the season somewhere else.
“It was a little difficult for us because last season we signed George. We believe the player has huge talent but with Bradley Grobler, Terror Fanteni and also Brent Carelse; there are three number nines.”
Akpabio has been spotted training separately for some time, but the Dutch coach confirmed he will return to Ikamva next season.
“We are looking to balance our squad and that is where we have to make decisions as well. So hopefully we can find a squad for George that can really help him to adapt to SA football.
“He didn’t play a lot last season, so he needs to get used to the SA game. From there he will hopefully return to Ajax next year.”
Meanwhile, the club is yet to have their bid for the defender accepted and Ajax’s CEO George Comitis, admitted that there is a chance Akpabio may stay.
“Having said that the deal with James Okwuosa is still to be concluded,” noted Comitis, “so there is still a chance he will stay.”