Coetzee boost, Lartey blow ahead of SuperSport tussle

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Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo on Thursday afternoon confirmed that Rivaldo Coetzee has returned to full training, just in time for the club’s trip to Tshwane.

The Urban Warriors will depart for the South African capital on Friday, ahead of their Absa Premiership clash against SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening.

Kick-off is at 20h15.

Lawrence Lartey, though, will play no part in the encounter with the Ghanian suspended for the clash following an accumulation a yellow cards.

Club captain Travis Graham on the other hand returns from suspension with the midfielder having sat out the 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs, after he picked up his fourth booking of the season away to Polokwane City.

“Travis is back from suspension, but Lawrence is suspended. Rivaldo is coming back from injury, he trained this week and today he trained fully with the First Team – he is back in the squad for tomorrow to play on Saturday,” Menzo said at Ikamva.

“The squad is very fit, no big injuries so I can choose. [with Toriq Losper the only player serving a long-term spell on the sidelines due to injury]

Moreover, Menzo noted that the confidence within the squad is high following a good showing against the Amakhosi. The former Dutch international goalkeeper is aware of the fact that they will come up against a Matsatsantsa side with similar qualities.

Stuar Baxter’s men haven’t lost a league game since the opening round of the season and currently occupy top spot on the standings.

“Especially when you have a good result against one of the top teams, the week after is good,” Menzo added.

“There is a good feeling – not only in the team but at the club so that is important. We see the confidence, yes, we suffered to contain their [Kaizer Chiefs] set-pieces, but the team is already busy trying to resolve that problem in preparation for SuperSport.

“Yes we had a good result, it gives me confidence and makes my work easier if I may say so,” Menzo concluded.

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