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How Graham Incredibly Overcame Adversity To Bounce Back

He was one of the youngest Ajax captains, but after not playing a competitive game for nearly two years following a contract standoff with Ajax Cape Town back in 2017, Travis Graham is back on the field once again.

The midfielder opened up on his struggles and how his faith brought him through a tumultuous time in his career.

After his much-publicised spat with the Urban Warriors, Graham moved to cross-town rivals Cape Town City on a short-term deal in 2019, which quickly came to an end on June 30 that same year.

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The midfielder however, did not kick a ball competitively for almost two years, something that he says tested his mental strength.

“It’s a blessing to be back. All honour to God for reviving my career because you know, most people thought I was done, but I kept on going and I had a support base that also encouraged me to keep on going but I'm happy. I am a testimony to many others, and I hope that I that I am an example to those that you know, sometimes (things) don't go your way as you expect but you know, it's never the end. I hope that I can touch others as well to just encourage them to keep on going, but yeah, I'm excited actually to play these remaining matches. I haven't played many games for almost two years.”

After being released by the Citizens, the 27-year-old, was undergoing rehabilitation for an injury at the time, remained with the club although as a trialist training under the watchful eye of current Head Coach Jan Olde Riekerink and his technical team. 

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However, after several weeks of training, the Citizens opted against adding the player to their books. Graham has been with Cape Umoya United in the GladAfrica Championship since February and says he hopes for a strong finish to the current season.

“For me and for Cape Umoya, we want to win every game. You know we have been working hard since the lockdown, so obviously we're going to take one game at a time, but for us it's just to get three points in every single game that we play. We have to give our hearts and give out everything. It’s an opportunity for everyone because you're going to need the whole team to partake in the remaining games. So yeah, as a team we want to win all the games that we play,” Graham said. 

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