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Ajax without suspended trio for Champion's League 08/04/05
Ajax Cape Town will be without three suspended players for their African Champion's League match against Fello Star Labe of Guinea at the Newlands Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Moeneeb Josephs and Bageta Dikulu, who were red-carded after the match against Yennega FC, in Burkina Faso last month, will both sit out this game.

The duo have also been hit by a CAF ban which could see them miss the competition altogether - unless Ajax are able to win their appeal.

CAF have handed Josephs a six month ban, while Dikulu has received a ban for a year. The African governing body is even looking at trying to extend the two players' bans into the PSL as well.

Another player to receive his marching orders in the previous round, Nathan Paulse, will also sit out Sunday's game.

To add to coach Gordon Igesund problems, the exciting former Mother City duo of Lunga Dlangudlangu and Thembinkosi Fanteni will also not be available as they were not registered in time for the tournament, having joined the Urban Warriors half-way through the current season.

With a heavy PSL schedule on the horizon, Igesund will at least have these two players fresh and ready when Ajax head back into the domestic competition.

Looking ahead to Sunday's game, Ajax PRO Shooz Mekuto admitted that the Cape side know very little about their African opponents.

"We don't know much, there are no big name players in the side," he said. "What we do know is that they were actually playing in the second division in Guinea last season, and qualified for this competition after winning the Cup.

"We will not be taking them lightly, we expect them to be a hard-running team and we will need to be at our best to get a positive result from this game."

After their trip to Burkina Faso last month, the Urban Warriors will be al to aware of how important a good victory at home will be, with the return leg in Guinea coming up in a fortnight.

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