Once a Pirate, always a Pirate, goes the saying.
But for Ajax Cape Town’s two Buccaneers — Mark Mayambela and Lebohang Mokoena — it’s all about winning for their new team in tonight’s PSL clash at Cape Town Stadium (7.30pm).
The two new signings have points to prove after their careers stalled somewhat since their Bucs heydays.
Now 29 years old, the wingers have come to Ajax to add creativity and experience to Roger de Sa’s young squad.
And the boss says of the duo: “It has been easy to integrate Mark [Mayambela] and Lebo [Mokoena] into the squad.
“It’s always easier with experienced players because they know what it’s all about.
“They’ve settled and adapted, and their knowledge and experience will be important for us as the season progresses.
“I think, as of now, they are both fairly fit, they’ve played a few friendlies… I don’t think they are 100 percent, but they are very close to their best.”
“Cheeseboy” Mokoena says he is ready to show what he can do and is still passionate about the game ahead against the club he made his debut for as a 17-year-old.
He says: “In any player’s career, sometimes things don’t go the way you want it to.
“I’ve had injuries and setbacks, and sometimes I’ve been left out of the team when I probably shouldn’t have.
“So it’s perhaps best to go to a club where your talent is appreciated… I am still passionate about the game, I know what my body can handle. I am still fit and hungry, and I will push myself to the limit to help the team.
“For me, it’s all about game time because the more you play, the more confident you get. I believe in my ability, I believe I still have what it takes and all I’m focused on now is to get this Ajax team to achieve its objectives.
Mayambela, meanwhile, is back in his hometown and the Khayelitsha-born ace says he is ready to give his all for the Urban Warriors.
He says: “I’m just focused on Ajax, I’m not too concerned about the past.
“I think I’ve matured, I’m a better player and, right now, all I want is to achieve great things with this club.”