Johannesburg - Ajax Cape Town defender Matthew Booth has revealed he was 'gutted'
by the sale of striker Terror Fanteni and midfielder George Maluleka.
The experienced pair joined Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United respectively in the off-season.
"I must say it is frustrating for my part because at 35, I still
want to win things and I'm still going strong, and so I want the
strongest team possible," Booth told Football411.com. after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Bloemfontein Celtic.
"At the same time I really appreciate the fact that the club has
to make space for these young players as they spend so much money on
them and they need to bring them up before they are snatched up by other
"When they got rid of Terror and George it was really gutting
because they were the players that contributed to the glimmer of hope
that we still had left after last season's disappointments.
"But in the last few games, although we lost some, these young
players stuck to their guns and showed great quality. So for now things
are looking good and we remain hopeful of turning the corner.
"They are young and have played their youth football at Ajax and
therefore it makes it easier for them to adapt to our style of play,"
concluded Booth, who played 37 times for South Africa.
The Urban Warriors, who finished ninth last term, next visit Orlando Pirates on September 25.