Cape Town City could be facing a midfield problem when domestic football resumes in February, as they will be with two key players unavailable.
Mpho Makola will be unavailable for a lengthy two month period, after picking up a ban that will kick off in February.
It could have been worse, as Makola was punished by the PSL DC with a six month ban, but with four months suspended, after he was found guilty of man-handling referee Abongile Tom at the end of the MTN8 final where City lost to Mamelodi Sundowns on penalties.
City confirmed that the outcome of Makola’s ruling was handed down on 21 December. With the 35-year-old only eligible to play again in April, and his contract expiring two months later, it is unclear what the future holds for the former Orlando Pirates man, who will turn 36 in May. The outcome was also confirmed by PSL Prosecutor Zola Majavu on the Thursday.
An added dilemma for City is that Thabo Nodada will be suspended for two games when the Nedbank Cup and DStv Premiership resume next month.
Nodada picked up a red card in City’s last game of 2021, when they lost 3-2 to SuperSport United in the league.
Nodada had been linked with a move away from the club at the start of the season, but an injury scuppered any potential movement. However there remains speculation that he and Abbubaker Mobara could be sold in the near future.
While the club do have the likes of Thato Mokeke, Abdul Ajagun, Relebogile Mokhuouane, Mobara and Mduduzi Mdantsane who can all play centrally, any further injuries or suspensions could lead to a problem.
Makola and Nodada will be in action this month however, as they were both selected as part of the Coastal United team in this weekend’s DStv Compact Cup.