Roger de Sa praise for Prince Nxumalo, Tashreeq Morris returns for Ajax
Posted: 28 January 2016 Time: 14:21
Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa says he’s thrilled to see striker Prince Nxumalo back on the scoresheet, lauding the player’s mental strength in recent months.
Nxumalo scored in his side’s recent 2-1 win over Jomo Cosmos, his first goal since 26 August before two epileptic fits halted his impressive early season form, and made it two goals from two in Ajax’s 3-1 loss to Chippa last weekend.
“What Prince has been through, he’s come back in such good form and in such a positive way,” De Sa told reporters. “I think the last two performances from him have really been positive.
"I thought he was very good against Chippa, even though he missed a sitter, but overall, to carry what he’s carrying and carry the load that he had, it’s really been good to see him bounce back, showing good signs and competing with Nathan [Paulse], and I’ve very impressed with the way he’s carried himself.”
Meanwhile, fellow striker Tashreeq Morris will be included in the Ajax squad to face Golden Arrows on Friday for the first time since suffering a knee injury in May last year.
De Sa admits ‘Tassie’s’ return was fast-tracked due to an injury to veteran forward Franklin Cale, who has undergone surgery to a broken cheekbone, yet hopes last season’s top scorer will get game-time soon.
“Tassie has been training,” he said. “I gave him a longer run at training, and he’ll be on the bench against Arrows. If Frankie didn’t have the injury, we probably would’ve delayed Tassie’s inclusion in the squad, but the fact that Frankie is going in for the op, it opens the door for him and we’ll push him a bit.
“And if the opportunity comes that we can play him for 10 or 15 minutes, we will. If not, we’ll have to delay it and he’ll probably play in the Diski team on Saturday morning against Aces.
“He’s shown good signs, still rusty though and not anywhere near where he was, but you have to start somewhere, and hopefully if things go well, we can give him a bit of a run.”
Ajax take on Arrows at Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening, with kick-off at 8pm.