Cape Town City manager Benni McCarthy has been handed a timely boost, with Kenyan international Masoud Juma regaining full fitness and is in contention for the Orlando Pirates Nedbank Cup round of 16 tie according to club chairman John Comitis.
The much anticipated Masoud Juma debut will soon be a reality after shaking off a niggling ankle injury that he picked up in the CECAFA Senior Challenge final against Zanzibar.
Reserve team friendly
Since making his move from Kenyan Premier League club Kariobangi Sharks to the Cape Town based outfit in January 2018, Masoud is yet to feature for his new club. The 22 year old however played in Cape Town City’s reserve team friendly game on Friday 9 March. His long layoff had started raising eyebrows at the club with the chairman, Mr. Comitis, once saying that his injury took longer than expected.
Cape Town City meet last season's runners up of the Nedbank Cup on Wednesday 14 March at the Cape Town Stadium and Comitis was beaming about the attacking guns in their arsenal ahead of the tie with the return of Zimbabwean international Matthew Rusike who was signed in the January transfer window and netted on his debut.
Matsi expected to feature
Mpho Matsi is also expected to feature in the game according to Comitis, "Except for Mpho Matsi, there is a fit squad to pick from. Matthew Rusike is back in contention and there is a strong possibility that Masoud Juma will be available as well.”
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“It’ll be a huge game on Wednesday. I think it’s all going to depend on who is best on the day. But we have prepared well and we haven’t skimped on anything; we are ready.” With nothing to fight for this season having lost the MTN 8 Cup final to SuperSport United and falling in the title race, City’s best shot at silverware will be Nedbank Cup.
In the game, Benni McCarthy will be up against former Uganda Cranes coach, Milutin Sredojevic.