DAYLON CLAASEN: bio and profile
Ajax Cape Town product Daylon Claasen is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s hopes for the future.
This skilful, attacking midfielder, currently playing at Lierse S.K. in Belgium, has been tipped to become a prominent player in the Bafana Bafana’s rebuilding plans in the years ahead.
Daylon signed for Ajax in 2008 after being on trial at Real Madrid and RCD Espanyol.
Many clubs were eager to sign the youngster, but at the time restrictions for non-EU players did not allow the Spanish clubs to do so.
Boosted by such interest in the player the Eredivisie side accelerated the process and convinced Claasen to follow the footsteps of compatriots McCarthy, Mokoena and Pienaar.
The 19-year old South Africa attacking midfielder was voted best player of the 2009 CAF U-20 African Cup of Nations in Rwanda, and appeared in the starting eleven in all three matches played at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009.
It was there that Daylon Claasen convinced Parreira of his outrageous talent which resulted in a first senior call-up in November of 2009 when South Africa faced Japan and Jamaica.
In the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the youngster formed part of Parreira’s pre-selection squad and went to both training camps in Brazil and Germany respectively.
Frustrated at his limited opportunities at Ajax Amsterdam, Claasen transferred to newly promoted Belgian Premier League club, Lierse S.K. in August 2010 and was immediately thrust into the starting XI. His performances earned him another call-up to the South African senior national team for their African Nations Cup qualification match against Niger.
In August 2013 Claasen signed for Polish Ekstraklasa League side Lech Poznan.
Personal sponsor: Nike
- Name: Daylon Claasen
- Nationality: South Africa
- Language(s): English, Afrikaans, Dutch
- Age: 23
- Date of birth: 28.01.1990
- Place of birth: Klerksdorp (South Africa)
- Marital status: Single
- Height: 177 cm
- Weight: 63 kg
- Position: Central/Right/Left attacking midfielder
- Shirt number: 22
- National team: 2 A-caps/0 goals, capped at U17, U20 levels
- Current club: Lech Poznan
- Former club(s): Ajax Cape Town, AFC Ajax Amsterdam, Lierse SK
- Contract: 30.06.2013
Statistics current season:
- Games played in: 5
- National Team:
- Goals: 1
|2002-2007||Ajax Cape Town||South Africa||8||–||–|
|2007-2010||AFC Ajax Amsterdam||Netherlands||–||–||–|
|2013 –||Lech Poznan||Poland||5||1||–|
- Metropolitan Premier Cup Best Player 2008
- CAF African Cup of Nations U20 (Rwanda): Best Player 2009