Chideu leaves Ajax CT

HARARE - Zimbabwe youth international forward Thomas Chideu has terminated his contract with Absa Premiership side Ajax Cape Town after growing frustrated with a lack of game time.

Chideu told the Daily News that he will be returning home to find a club to play for since he was now a free agent.

“I cancelled my contract with Ajax and today (yesterday) is my last day with the club. I’m just finishing up on a few things but by the first week of September I should be back in Zimbabwe,” Chideu told the Daily News.

“I’m still talking to my agent to see which team I can join back home for the remainder of the season.

“Since I’m a free agent there will be no problems with me getting a licence even though the Zimbabwe mid-season window is already closed.”

Chideu has not enjoyed much game time in the Urban Warriors first team since he arrived in Cape Town in July 2015.

Most of the times, the 20-year-old striker featured for the Ajax development team in the Multichoice Diski Challenge competition.

Even after the retirement of veteran forward Nathan Paulse at the end of last season, Chideu thought it would afford him a chance to get more action with the first team.

However, the Urban Warriors went on to sign Sedwyn George, who was the National First Division Golden Boot winner last season with Royal Eagles.

“I have been patient enough with the club since I joined them. Last year they assured me that this season I was going to get game time with the first team,” Chideu said.

“Even during preseason, I had a chat with the coach (Stanley) Menzo and he said I was going to play this season but to my surprise they did not register me as part of the squad.

“I’m not getting any younger and I’m at that stage of my career where I need to be playing regularly so that’s why I decided to end my contract.”

The former Highlanders forward said there were a number of teams that were interested in his services.

“I was talking to Golden Arrows and they were prepared to sign me on loan this season but Ajax blocked the move saying I was in their plans,” he said.

“It was the same thing with Royal Eagles as well. They wanted to take me on loan but Ajax refused to let me go.”

Although his stay at Ikamva ended in a not-so-amicable manner, Chideu feels he learnt a lot while at Ajax.  

“I had a good experience with Ajax and I learnt a lot during my stay here football-wise. I think it is the right time for me to look for a new beginning,” he said.

“I also learnt that you don’t always get what you want in football and this experience has given me the drive to work even harder to get what I want.”

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