Ajax Cape Town midfielder Raymond Monama wants to get back on the pitch after a difficult season


Ajax had just played three games in the current campaign when the former Platinum Stars player suffered a knee injury that put him out of the game for seven months.

"It was after only three games," he tells KickOff.com.

"I started training again by myself in February, then in March, two weeks ago I started training with the team. I hope before this season ends, in the last four matches I can be able to help the guys.

"I trained a bit with the new coach recently, he is a good person. The injury really affected my season cause I wanted to play but there was nothing I could do.

"Some things when they happen it's God willing...you can't explain it my brother. It was hurting to stay at home and no longer be able to attend training sessions, it hurt me a lot. But I had a lot of morale support from the technical team and our physios here in the team.

"They were always pushing me, encouraging me hence I returned before time. I started rehab the first day I had an operation, cause here in Cape Town we are lucky to have a Sports Science Institute. They are the ones who helped me recover quickly, before time. It was tough sitting at home doing nothing, but at least I was able to go to the club gym and catch up with the guys in the dressing room. I would change to my training kit even though I was on crutches, working out with the physios and do whatever they wanted me to do. So I was not that far away from the team."

Asked what he thought of Ajax's chances of gaining promotion to the Absa Premiership, he said: "The chances are very high because I can see we are still having that rhythm. Stellenbosch you can see that they are experiencing some problems, they've got two losses in a row now. So our chances of winning promotion are very high. I think what gives us an edge is that most of our players have PSL experience, as you can see the current situation now in the NFD demands people who can handle pressure. So I think we have more of those players."
Ajax are third on the NFD table with 41 points in 24 matches. They are only four points behin log leaders Stellenbosch.