Ngodzo resumes training


Itai Dzamara

HIGHLANDERS and Warriors’ talismanic midfielder, Johannes Ngodzo resumed training a week after being sidelined by a knee injury for over two months IndependentSport has gath

ered.


The master of ball control, juggling as well as distribution, Ngodzo sustained the injury in June and missed the Warriors’ African Nations Cup 2004 finals last qualifying match against Eritrea in July as well as the Cosafa Castle Cup quarter final and semi-final matches.


Highlanders have been missing Ngodzo’s creativity in midfield as they rally for an unprecedented fifth title in succession.


In an interview this week, Ngodzo revealed that he has been recovering well and has resumed light training.


“I have been recovering well and have just started light training,” he said.

“I am raring to rejoin Bosso’s campaign for the championship.”


Although he wasn’t sure when he will return to action, sources at Highlanders said the player had shown vast recovery and would be back onto the pitch “very soon”.


Ngodzo added that he is yearning to retain his place in the Warriors. The return of Ngodzo ahead of the Tunisia finals in February should provide coach Sunday Marimo with a sense of hope, especially with the revival of Amazulu linkman Ronald Sibanda. Gidiza played a blinder a fortnight ago against Swaziland with great vision and ball distribution which, when combined with Ngodzo’s skills, could solve the perennial midfield crisis.


Ngodzo was injured during an African Nations Cup qualifier against the Seychelles at the National Sports Stadium in June and was out of the last two qualifiers against Mali and Eritrea.


The Castle Lager Soccer Star of the Year second runner-up has matured since joining Highlanders senior team in 2000 from Sundowns. His superb control, dribbling skills as well as vision makes Ngodzo a darling of the crowd and has earned him the nickname “Signature”.


Bosso would greatly appreciate the return of Ngodzo especially now that their depth is under severe scrutiny.


Last month former champions Dynamos blew Bosso’s bubble with a 3-0 drubbing at Barbourfields Stadium. The defeat exposed Bosso’s lack of depth