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Igesund Praises Players Discipline 06/01/04
Ajax Cape Town coach Gordon Igesund has heaped praise on his charges for the manner in which they have conducted themselves over the Festive Season.

Traditionally the New Year break is a nightmare time for coaches as players let loose, feasting on a bit too much Christmas pudding, and often losing the momentum gained in the first half of the season.

Igesund, however, is adamant his players are fully-focused on Tuesdays Castle Premiership clash against tough-as-teak Wits at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg.

I am very thankful for having a bunch of consummate professionals to work with who are very committed to the Ajax cause, Igesund purred on Monday.

We are currently training twice every day and even had a light run out on New Years Day.

All my players have really looked after themselves very well over the last couple of weeks and I am very proud of them.

It is a relief that I have not had to knock them back into shape and testament to their discipline, he added.

The Urban Warriors do, however, have injury concerns with star goalkeeper Moeneeb Jospehs battling a back injury and Congolese defender Serge Dikulu a hamstring strain.

Veteran keeper Innocent Mayoyo should replace Josephs if he fails to recover in time.

Igesunds son, Grant, is expected to start for the fifth successive match alongside Wilfred Mugeyi up front following his superbly taken goal in Ajaxs 2-0 win over Golden Arrows.

The thrice-championship winning coach may be tempted to also play Mulekelayi Kanku as a third striker in order to break down the Students much vaunted defence.

"They're well organised defensively and are hard to break down, said Igesund.

This is why they have the best defensive record in the league having only conceded three goals all season.

"Because of their defensive rigidity, I will probably have to play three strikers. We will be going for the three points because we're an attacking side and only know one way to play."

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