Ajax Cape Town captain, Travis Graham, says that the Urban Warriors will be going all out for the win against Orlando Pirates, and that they’ll be doing it for Cecil Lolo.
Tonight will see Ajax take to the field for the first time since the 27-year-old’s untimely death in a car accident, and while Graham says that it’s been difficult to deal with, the team are helping each other through it.
Roger de Sa’s side take on an Orlando Pirates side invigorated by their 3-1 Soweto Derby win at the weekend, as the Ajax head coach welcomes his former assistant, Eric Tinkler, to Cape Town Stadium.
However, all eyes will be on Block 117, now renamed the “Cecil Lolo - Khayelitsha Stand” in memory of the defender, as Ajax continue to come to terms with their loss.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the 22-year-old said, “It’s been a learning curve for us. It’s been difficult and sad to deal with the situation, but sometimes life brings those curve balls and we have to deal with it ourselves. As players, we have come to a point where we want to do it for Lolo, it’s a learning curve where we are actually motivated more than thinking about what happened.
“The team spirit at the moment is good. The guys are working with each other well and the team spirit is coming back again. Hopefully we can keep it together for the game on Wednesday and just do it for Lolo, because that’s what Lolo would want.”
On the matter of the club holding a minute’s applause, in the 21st minute, for Lolo, they said, “We are fully aware that there may be some difficulty in getting the match to come to a complete halt for one minute, but it would be fantastic to see each and every supporter push through for the entire minute, with applause and chant the name ‘Cecil Lolo’ at the top of our voices, to honour a True Warrior.”
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Ajax will now be looking for closure as they adjust to life without Lolo, however he will always be remembered by the club after they retired his number 21 jersey.