New Ajax Cape Town signings Erick Chipeta and Joaquim Lupeta spoke of their delight at joining the club after their first pre-season training session.
Chipeta comes highly-rated after a stellar season in defence for Chippa United – helping them to a record sixth-place finish in the top flight, while Lupeta struggled to command regular game-time at Premiership runners-up Bidvest Wits.
The Zimbabwean defender from Chippa admitted he was happy with the welcome from manager Roger De Sa and the rest of squad and spoke of his first day in his new surroundings.
“The coach called us all in before training and pointed out what a good team we already have,” he told the club’s official website . “Personally, he told me that he just wants me to take some time to fit in and get comfortable, then we’ll speak about expectations.
“The guys all took the time to get to know the new guys and we had a lot of fun on the first day.
“Everything went well today. We spent most of the time loosening up. I get the feeling from other guys that everyone is raring to go for the new season. All of the guys did their best with every exercise, so we’ll be ready to get to the next level very soon.”
Despite not living up to his reputation, Lupeta, who spent six years in the academy of FC Porto, made a big impression amongst his new teammates for his sheer physicality.
“The first training was all about us starting to move again and getting loosened up. My teammates already call me ‘The Beast’ so we have bonded well.
“They are a friendly group of guys. They’ve welcomed me and spoke with me on the field in terms of what they want from me and what I’m good at,” the former Vitória Setúbal striker explained.
“I’ve spoken a little bit with some of the guys about where I want the ball and where I make my runs. Overall I liked my first day very much.”