Long term Ajax Cape Town absentees to return in January
Posted: 18 December 2015 Time: 21:14
Ajax Cape Town have been buoyed by the imminent return of long-term absentees Brandon Peterson and Tashreeq Morris, with coach Roger De Sa not tempted to spend this January.
Goalkeeper Peterson, missing from action since breaking his leg against Mamelodi Sundowns last year, recently featured in his first match since the injury, playing 45 minutes in a friendly against Santos, while Morris – Ajax’s top-scorer last season – has been out of action since suffering a knee injury in the Nedbank Cup Final in May.
Both are on the mend and expected to be available for first team duty next month, much to the delight of their coach.
“Brandon and Tassie are on their way back,” De Sa told reporters. “Brandon has made huge strides, he’s played half a game now, and is training hard. He should be in full contention in January.
“Morris has just started training with us this week, but no contact yet, just the physical work … I think by mid-January he will be in contention and available to be selected.”
Ajax have already secured the services of Ghanaian defender Lawrence Lartey, who is still awaiting his work permit, yet with Peterson and Morris on the verge of their respective returns, De Sa doesn’t not feel the need to dip to deep in the transfer kitty next month.
“The market will be heating up now, and a lot of clubs will be looking to loan out some players, so there’ll be some players available, so we’ll keep our ears open,” he said. “But as far as we concerned, we are very happy with the return of Brandon and Tassie, and with Lartey as well, they make it like three new signings. They’ve been missing for a minimum of six months, so it’s like having three more players.
“So we are happy with that inclusion, but if there’s anything else that’s available to us, we’ll probably take it. But there’s no-one right now that we are specifically targeting.”