Ajax hope trio will be fit for Wits

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JOHANNESURG — Ajax Cape Town are hoping to have at least three key players back from injury tonight when they play away at high flying Bidvest Wits.

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The struggling coastal outfit has had to do without Lance Davids and Granwald Scott for their last two matches, while Franklin Cale has been an injury doubt over the last week.

But the club’s public relations officer Thabiso Mekuto said there were high hopes the trio would be back in action at Milpark as Ajax chase their first win of the season.

Davids missed the last game with an ankle complaint that he suffered in pre-season preparations while Scott is training again after his sore knee kept him out of the matches against Lamontville Golden Arrows and AmaZulu.

Cale has also struggled with his knee and not participated in much training over the last week as the club’s medical staff seek to protect the injury by not putting him through too much rigorous exercise, Mekuto added.

Ajax also have Nhlanhla Shabalala out with an ankle injury for the next four weeks while Tariq Losper has been ordered on a seven week lay off after a knee meniscus operation in the last weeks.

Ajax are without Nazeer Allie and Koen van der Laak until next year after they also underwent recent surgery.

Meanwhile, The Malawi Flames’ coaching job is set to remain vacant for some time following the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) revelations that it has exhausted funding for the position. FAM president Walter Nyamilandu confirmed to the local press that they had no funds to meet the cost of hiring a permanent coach.

He said the association’s main sponsors, government is already paying redeployed former coach Kinnah Phiri and his assistant Young Chimodzi.

The Malawi coaching job became vacant last Saturday after Belgian Tom Saintfiet’s two months tenure ended with 2-0 defeat in Nigeria during the World Cup qualifiers. Assistant coaches Patrick Mabedi and Eddington Ng’onamo also left their posts.