Ajax Cape Town signings Ejike Uzoenyi and Soumaila Ouattara waiting on work permits
Posted: 15 September 2017 Time: 08:45
Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo is still waiting on the work permit of new signing Ejike Uzoenyi.
Menzo is hopeful the Nigerian attacker, who joined the club in early August after a brief stint at Bidvest Wits last term, will be cleared in time for tonight's visit of Polokwane City to Cape Town Stadium (20h00).
Ajax's latest recruit - Burkina Faso-born centre-back Soumaila Ouattara - is also awaiting his paperwork.
In other team news, Morne Nel faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a groin problem alongside frozen out midfielder Travis Graham, but defenders Roscoe Pietersen and Rheece Evans are available for the league tie after returning from suspension and injury respectively.
“Roscoe is back from suspension, Rheece is also back, he was on the bench at Pirates,,” Menzo told the club's website.
“Hopefully Ejike will be available, he is still waiting for his work permit, as is Soumaila. The only one that is missing is Morne Nel.”
Menzo admits the Urban Warriors are under pressure to get a result as they lie second-from-bottom on the standings with a point from three matches, most recently going down 1-0 at Orlando Pirates on Tuesday.
“You have to be honest, looking at the three games we’ve played thus far, we only have one point – not enough – so this is a crucial game,” said Menzo. “We have to win this one, we have to catch up.
“But, it won’t be easy because Polokwane City are a difficult team to beat. That said, I saw positive signs in the second half against Orlando Pirates – something we can definitely work with.”
Menzo added: “It is not nice when you look at the log standings and you see yourself in 15th place. When you are second [for example] there is definitely more energy, but we have to bounce back. There is still a long way to go.”