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Ngwenya recovers from injury


Star Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder-cum-striker Manqoba 'Shakes' Ngwenya has resumed full training with the 'Downs first team after recovering from an injury.

The talented midfielder - who was used as an out-and-out striker by former joint coaches Neil Tovey and Miguel Gamondi - has been out of action for some time now after sustaining a groin injury earlier in the season.

"It is good to see him back at training with the rest of the squad," Sundowns General Manager Afzal Khan told the club's official website.

He added: "He has recovered just at the right time when the league championship has reached a critical stage.

"In addition, the ABSA Cup is due to start and we kick-off the African Champions League campaign within a fortnight and so, we are heading for hectic times and every bit of man-power is needed for us to achieve our goals.

"He has been to Cape Town and the Sports Science Institute with Dillon Sheppard for specialised training geared towards helping them in their rehabilitation from their injuries and the results have been satisfactory."

Ngwenya's return to action will certainly boost the Sundowns team and the forceful forward can add some bite to the strike-force which has, at times, lacked that ruthless streak in front of goal.

The player, himself, cannot wait to play again, but he plans on taking things one step at a time at this stage.

"I have missed quite a lot during the last couple of years due to this groin injury," said Ngwenya. "I now want to work my way into the national team and hopefully I can make the squad for the African Nations Cup tournament in Ghana.

"And with Carlos Alberto Parreira also arriving in the country shortly, hopefully some of us will be able to catch his eye and form part of the team that will represent the country during the 2010 World Cup finals."

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