Ajax Cape Town recently announced that it will no longer be retaining the services of long-time, loyal soldier Franklin Cale. The player has been with the club over two spells (2004-2010 and 2013-2016). The 33-year-old will no longer be fighting for the red and white jersey… The supporters are split over whether or not this was a good decision.
Some supporters think it is disrespectful to let a club legend like Cale go, adding that, at his age, he provides invaluable experience for the extremely young Ajax squad.
"Disrespecting a legend of the club like that… None of these lighties (youngsters) can hold a candle to Franky… It is because of this calibre of player going that we are struggling. Lighties don't know the value of the red and white jersey," one supporter said on the club's Instagram page.
Another supporter suggested that this was the best thing for Cale and the club.
"If he stayed he would be unhappy, regardless of how much he loves the club. No one wants to retire on the bench. The club can't afford to keep him… He's a legend, yes, but the club is bigger than the player," he said.
It seems it is the age-old debate that circulates around all matters Ajax Cape Town… It is a fantastic club in terms of what it does for SA football by discovering talent, but do they take this too far sometimes? Does it happen at the expense of keeping the best and most experienced players at the club?
Then there is a separate debate that is very relevant in South Africa: do we hold on to an old legend because he commands respect? Or is there no room for sentiment in the business of football?
Help us answer these questions… Did Ajax do the right thing?