Another Player Heads To Russia

Star midfielder Dillon Sheppard is set to join the South African exodus to Russia, Ajax Cape Town management announced on Monday.

Club CEO John Comitis said the talented 24-year-old’s move abroad was part of Ajax’s commitment to doing what was in the best interest of their players.

“Both the management and the player believe he is at a stage in his career where a move overseas is the right way forward,” said Comitis

“Dillon has been a loyal servant of the club since it’s formation in 1999 and is a key member of our squad, but for all parties it is now time to move on.”

Comitis said Sheppard will be attending a week long trial with Dynamo Moscow but it is almost fait accompli that he will be signed on.

“Dillon attended trials with three Russian clubs earlier this year and they were all hugely impressed by his ability,” he said.

“Unfortunately he was carrying an injury so it was decided to send him home to recuperate, which he has now done.

“For almost the first time in his career he is fully fit and in my opinion he just has to lace up his boots to be offered a permanent deal.”

Comitis also said the club has sufficient cover in the left-midfield position occupied by Sheppard.

“Alfred Phiri, Anele Xibi and Graham King have all played there with success,” he assured.

“We are also thinking of promoting a few players from the under-19 to fill the gap while there also remains the option of going to market to buy a new player if all this does not work out.”

The Durban-born Sheppard has played over 100 games for the Urban Warriors and scored 14 goals since joining them from Seven Stars.

He is a product of the School of Excellence and is one of few players to have been capped at all levels from under-17 through to the senior national team

He has 11 Bafana Bafana caps to his name.

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