Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy will soon be able to call on star winger Aubrey Ngoma as he looks to change the fortunes of the team.
After defeat in the MTN8 final last weekend and a home league loss to Bloemfontein Celtic on Tuesday, City are in East London on Sunday afternoon to face a tricky Chippa United in a PSL fixture at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium (kick-off 3.30pm).
With the team in need of some attacking inspiration, the good news is that Ngoma is almost ready to return to action after injury.
The 28-year-old hasn’t played since May this year, but, after a lengthy rehabilitation period, he was back training with the squad on Thursday.
He is certainly not fully tuned up - and it’s up to McCarthy to decide whether he uses Ngoma off the bench against Chippa tomorrow, or whether he errs on the side of caution and allows the player another week of training before throwing him in.
“Aubrey is very close to getting back,” said McCarthy. “We thought he would be ready by now, but our problems with a training venue have perhaps delayed his return. He should be ready soon.”
City, like last year, are having to beg, borrow and steal with regard to training venues and are currently relying on amateur clubs’ fields to train on.
The fields are not in a good condition and the drought in the Mother City hasn’t helped either. Because of this, recovery hasn’t been easy for the injured Ngoma, and he has had to take care while running on the uneven surfaces.
It remains an ongoing problem with the new Cape PSL club to get the City of Cape Town to find a suitable, permanent training venue for the team.
Sunday: Chippa United v Cape Town City (Sisa Dukashe Stadium, 3.30pm); Baroka FC v Wits.