Ngoma recovery hampered by training pitch
Posted: 26 October 2017 Time: 10:14
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has revealed that Aubrey Ngoma’s return could have happened a lot sooner were it not for the club’s training grounds.
The star winger has not kicked a ball all season following an injury picked up on international duty last term, yet recently started training with the first team once more as he edged closer to a full recovery.
Initially expected to be back for last weekend’s encounter against Chippa United, McCarthy has now revealed that the bad state of the club’s training pitches delayed Ngoma’s return.
“Aubrey is almost back to full fitness, and is training with the group already, so that’s another plus for us,” the City coach said.
“He was supposed to be back for the Chippa game already, but because we’ve been training on the Green Point fields, the conditions of the pitch were really bad – it was dry and hard, which ended up giving Aubrey problems in other areas – his abductors were affected, and he had bad stiffness.
“So he had to be out for another two extra weeks, but I think he’s in full swing now.”
McCarthy is hoping the star winger will be ready to go within the next 14 days.
“I’m hoping, probably in the next week or two, to have him fit and ready and 100% focused, and not thinking about the injury he sustained, and that he’s ready to play in competitive matches again,” he said.
City face Baroka in their Telkom Knockout Last 16 clash on Sunday, before facing off against Free State Stars next Wednesday in their final match before the November FIFA international break.