The name Daniel Jordan might not be familiar in South Africa now, but the 14-year-old is making huge progress in the Netherlands with Ajax Amsterdam’s esteemed academy.
Jordan left South Africa in 2019 to venture into Europe as he seeks to pave a path that will take him to the highest possible level.
FARPost caught up with the midfielder to hear about life in one of the world’s best youth development academies.
In this interview, the Ajax Cape Town product explains where it all started and what progress he has made in Amsterdam.
Jordan is one of the few players who started playing football at an organised set up from an early age in his career and the 14-year-old explains this.
“I started playing football at Camps Bay Football Club as well as Legends Soccer School in Cape Town at U-7. I won numerous Player of the Tournament and Player of the Season awards along the way,” said Jordan.
“However, the real international test came at U-10 when we went to Dubai to participate in their Super Cup in 2016 with Legends Soccer School. We won that tournament too. I played very well there and I was impressed with myself.
“I played for them from U-7 up until U-10. During the U-10 season, I got the opportunity to trial with Ajax Cape Town, and after a successful trial, I eventually joined Ajax Cape Town U-12 in 2017 a year younger than my actual age because I was 11 years old at the time,” he added.
“In 2018 I continued at Ajax Cape Town until the U-13 development team, that season I was crowned Player of the Season. After a family decision to move to the Netherlands at the beginning of 2019 I joined an amateur club in Hilversum, Victoria.
“Just after two months of playing amateur football, I got offered a chance to trial at Ajax Amsterdam. I then had a successful 4-week trial here which is when I began my journey starting with the U-14 season that season at the beginning of August 2019. A year later here I am, a couple of months into the U-15 season.”
Jordan knows what he wants in the next few years and he explained what his goals are in the next few years in Amsterdam as he enters his second year with Ajax.
“I’ve got quite a few goals hey, but the immediate one has to be playing an age group up so I have to move up the ranks by the end of the season.
“Secondly, my short-term goal is signing a professional contract within the next 2-3 years at the club, most players here sign around that age group, so I do not want to be behind.
“Last, but not least obviously the big goal is to make my professional debut for the first team, however, I would like to do that in the next 4-5 years,” concluded the young midfielder.
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