Ubuntu Cape Town FC will be relying on the wealth of experience Franklin Cale will bring to the NFD team. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Franklin Cale, 34, has joined National First Division club Ubuntu Cape Town FC.

The Ocean View-born player parted ways with former fellow NFD side Highlands Park, who were relegated from the PSL last season.

Capped five times by his country, Cale - who has had stints at PSL clubs Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United and Ajax Cape Town - linked up with a club struggling at the foot of the table and without a win this season from six outings.

Cale could well be the player who sets the ball in motion for a change in fortunes and being from the Mother City and with the experience he brings to the party will certainly be a motivator for his new teammates, and how they need that at the moment.

He joined up with the squad this month and has impressed head coach Roger Links from the get-go. “Franklin still shows that he has what it takes,” Links, speaking on the club’s website, said of his speedy winger. “We saw that in a midweek friendly against Ajax where, during a 45-minute performance, he showed he still has the speed and skills to trouble defenders.”

Ubuntu host Mbombela United at Athlone Stadium on Monday.

Meanwhile, Cape Town All Stars got back to winning ways by beating former PSL side Jomo Cosmos at Athlone Stadium on Friday, giving new coach Vladislav Heric - who replaced David Kannemeyer - the perfect start to his tenure. Heric, from Serbia, is no stranger to this level of the game, having coached Chippa United to automatic promotion to the PSL as national NFD champions in 2014.

All Stars’ fourth win from seven outings moves them up a couple of places to third on the table headed by Stellenbosch FC, who tackle second-bottom Richards Bay FC at Athlone Stadium today.

But they could drop back to where they were depending on results around them.

Weekend Argus

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