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Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Jaakkola shakes off sickness

Posted: 8 January 2015 Time: 08:31

Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola returned to Ikamva after the festive period a little worse for wear due to illness.

The towering Finn has lost four kilograms as a result, according to coach Roger de Sa.

De Sa told Ajax's official website: “It was important to give all of the guys enough time to recover, because there were a lot of guys who were carrying some injuries and played through them because we had limited numbers. Everyone came back nice and fresh and there were no weight problems. None of the guys came back out of shape, so that’s very good. The biggest problem we had was Anssi Jaakkola who lost four kilograms, because he had been sick throughout the recovery period.”

The former Orlando Pirates boss also expressed disappointment with the injury to fellow keeper Brandon Petersen, but he is pleased to see Dominic Isaacs and Keagan Dolly are getting closer to a return.

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“We feel very disappointed to have Brandon Petersen injured. It’s good to see Keagan Dolly and Dominic Isaacs back. So we lose Brandon for a while, but a few others have now recovered.”

De Sa went on to reveal his training plans as the PSL remains on break to accommodate the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, taking place from January 17 to February 8.

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“The mini pre-season is going to have a lot of training matches to get the guys sharp and fit again, but we also want to enjoy the training matches. Playing against the Dutch team and against the German team is an opportunity of a lifetime for the guys. Hopefully we’ll be ready, it has come a little bit too soon, but we’ll try and make the most use of it. After the two matches we’ll get into a bit more fitness and then play some of the local teams to get ready for the rest of the season.”

He added: “We obviously want to start as close to full strength as we possibly can, just like we started at the beginning of the season. We want the guys to be at their best in tip-top shape to go the last 12 games and hopefully six cup games. We are targeting 18 matches at a good pace and good intensity, just like we did at the start of the season.

“I see the month of February as a very important month for us. The two games that we play at home are key games for us and could determine the rest of our season.”

The Urban Warriors are fifth on the Absa Premiership table, and will resume their campaign against Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium on 1 February.

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