Ngobeni explains setback in form
Posted: 7 October 2008 Time: 11:29
Ajax Cape Town’s Clifford Ngobeni has explained his absence from the Urban Warrior starting line-up in recent league games.
The midfielder says this is due to the untimely death of his grandmother which, he says, has caused his form to take a knock.
_quote The setback is one of several to hit the Bafana Bafana player in recent months; the other being injury and failed trials in Europe.
“It has been a hectic period for me following the passing of my grandmother whom I was very close to. That is why I have not featured much recently. This has had a negative impact on me.
“In the last game (a 2-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic), I did not make it to the selection team either,” the player says solemnly.
Ngobeni, however, says he finds solace in the fact that, save for the hiccup against Chiefs, the team is playing well.
The Urban Warriors are lying sixth in the 16-team log with seven points, three points off joint leaders Supersport United and Bidvest Wits.
Ngobeni had a forgettable 2007/08 season.
A botched injury aimed at repairing his toe saw him lose his place in the Bafana squad to the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana earlier this year.
His woes worsened when a knee injury led to the premature end to the season as Ajax lost out to SuperSport United in the league race at the finishing line.
A trial stint at Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam also did not yield the desired results.