Ajax CT’s for­eign le­gion may be set for Su­perS­port

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - ROD­NEY REINERS

AJAX CAPE TOWN are op­ti­mistic they will have all their for­eign­ers avail­able for this af­ter­noon’s PSL clash against de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Su­perS­port United at the Su­per Sta­dium in At­teridgeville (kick-off 3pm).

Af­ter the mid­week de­feat to neigh­bours San­tos – and with Ajax now in em­bar­rass­ing last place on the PSL log – coach Muhsin Er­tu­gral is keen to have some re­in­force­ments avail­able.

Er­tu­gral has waxed lyri­cal about the for­eign play­ers he has signed this sea­son.

He has promised that they won’t be there just to make up the num­bers. They will have the qual­ity to make a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to the Cape club’s drive for suc­cess.

So far, though, only Guinean mid­fielder Mo­hammed Diallo has seen action off the Ajax bench.

There have been all sorts of prob­lems re­lated to in­ter­na­tional clear­ances and work per­mits for the three oth­ers.

But, if all goes well, ac­cord­ing to the Cape club’s man­age­ment, they should have ev­ery­thing in or­der ahead of the match against Su­perS­port to­day.

Reg­is­tra­tions will have been done and Er­tu­gral will have the op­tion to play Lat­vian cen­tral de­fender Deniss Ivanovs, French de­fender Derek De­camps and Ivory Coast striker Aboubacar Fo­fana.

Er­tu­gral is par­tic­u­larly pleased at the cap­ture of Ivanovs, who he rates very highly.

Ivanovs played for Ajax as a guest player dur­ing a two-week pre-sea­son tour of Hol­land and was hugely im­pres­sive. It was on the back of th­ese per­for­mances that Ajax were per­suaded to bring the Lat­vian to the Mother City.

“I can’t wait to get Deniss on the field in the PSL; he will be great for Ajax,” said Er­tu­gral, who is in his sec­ond stint as coach of Ajax.

Ivanovs, who is 25 years old, played for FK Liepa­jas Me­talurgs in Latvia and has played for his coun­try on 19 oc­ca­sions.

ON BOARD: Ajax coach Muhsin Er­tu­gral wel­comes de­fender Deniss Ivanovs who should make his de­but to­day.

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