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No place at Ajax for forgotten Lebohang Mokoena‚ says coach Stanley Menzo

By Nick Said | 2017-05-03 14:21:31.0

Coach Stanley Menzo has admitted that he does not have a place in his Ajax Cape Town side for former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns winger Lebohang Mokoena‚ whose future with the team looks bleak.

Mokoena joined the Urban Warriors in August‚ seeking to reignite a stalled career after leaving Sundowns at the end of the last campaign‚ where he had not made a single league start in two seasons.

But things have not worked out again for the 30-year-old‚ who has made just two starts this campaign‚ the last in October.

His only appearance since then was off the bench against Highlands Park last month.

“I get a lot of questions about Lebohang and I don’t really know why‚ we have other players who are not playing as well‚” Menzo says.

“I know he is a big player‚ but I use players where I think I can use them and if I am honest‚ and Lebohang is a good player‚ but if I had to put him in the team right now‚ I don’t know where I would use him. That is my biggest question‚” Menzo said.

“I want to use a player in his strength‚ not his weakness. He is not the fastest any more‚ or the strongest‚ so coming into a team that has been struggling‚ it is not easy as a coach to put him in.

“He came on against Highlands Park and he did well‚ but as a coach you have to look for a good balance. That is the same for every player who is not regularly playing at the moment.”

Mokoena is a former Bafana Bafana international who won the last of his eight caps five years ago‚ and a mixture of injury and an inability to break into a star-studded Sundowns side has seen his career derailed at a time when he should perhaps be at his peak.

Mokoena was a league champion with Sundowns in the 2013/14 season‚ the last time he found some regular game time. - TMG Digital/TMG Sport