City striker Masoud Juma nearing full recovery


Cape Town City FC's Kenyan striker Masoud Juma in a past press conference when he ...
Cape Town City FC's Kenyan striker Masoud Juma in a past press conference when he was unveiled by the South African Premiership club. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • Cape Town City FC head coach Benni McCarthy has revealed striker Masoud Juma is nearing full fitness but gave little hope he will feature in Friday's league clash against Chippa United
  • City are in a bit of a rough patch, going five matches without a win in the Absa Premiership and in the process dropping into seventh place yet their lack of goals has been awfully conspicuous

Cape Town City FC head coach Benni McCarthy has revealed striker Masoud Juma is nearing full fitness but gave little hope he will feature in Friday’s league clash against Chippa United.

City are in a bit of a rough patch, going five matches without a win in the Absa Premiership and in the process dropping into seventh place yet their lack of goals has been awfully conspicuous.

Juma moved to City in January from Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Kariobangi Sharks on the back of scoring 24 goals in 31 appearances during the 2017 season but has yet to play a single minute for his new club due to injury.

McCarthy said he believes the prolific 22-year-old could be the spark they need to revive their form ahead of the season run-in that includes matches in the Nedbank Cup and African Confederation Cup.

“Juma has been looking okay‚ he has started joining the full training and now it is getting him to play in matches and getting him that confidence.

“We need to get the fitness level up where he can last at least 45 minutes‚ but from what I have seen he looks a decent acquisition and somebody that we will need. Hopefully we can get Juma back for the upcoming games that we have got‚” McCarthy told timeslive.co.za.

Juma defied the setback of failed trials last season to win the KPL golden boot and earn a KSh10 million move to City after being turned down by BidVest Wits, AIK Fotball and Jonkopings Sodra of Sweden.

City have fallen nine points adrift leaders Mamelodi Sundowns (40) after losing all their last three league games but McCarthy is adamant it is time his players turned their fortunes around.

“We are going to need players to step up and be counted‚ no more just doing it on training‚ but in games as well.”

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