Former Ajax Cape Town captain Nhlanhla Shabalala says he is saddened by the fate of his beloved club.
Ajax Amsterdam ended their relationship with the Premiership side after 21 years, this week.
The 34-year-old former AmaZulu and Moroka Swallows midfielder, who began his career with the Urban Warriors and spent over a decade with the side, admits that despite being devastated, he wasn't shocked by the news.
Ajax have been competing in the GladAfrica Championship for the past two seasons and missed out on promotion this term via the playoffs after ending their campaign behind promoted Swallows.
Speaking to KickOff, Shabalala said: "Sad news indeed but I can't say I was totally shocked, in fact when Ajax got relegated years back, I thought maybe this is the end of the relationship, but for years the partnership continued to exist.
"I don't know the terms of the agreement per se, but I suspect this was a long time coming and it is sad and heart-breaking to be honest.
"I am more concerned about the impact, both financial and emotional, for the Ajax players and family in terms of what this could mean not only for the progress and the philosophy of football and the culture inculcated that existed for so many years, but also for their livelihoods."
- TEAMtalk media