Gavin Hunt has confirmed Bidvest Wits have had to register a 42-year-old member of his technical team given the club’s injury and suspension woes.
Tryon Damons, the Clever Boys’ goalkeeper coach, will be strapped and ready to be thrown in a the deep end should there be a need.
Hunt has been forced into adding Damons to his roster because the two keepers usually fighting it out to be firs choice are unavailable – Brandon Peterson is injured and expected to miss the rest of the season, while Ricardo Goss is still serving suspension for assaulting a match official.
“Yes, he is registered and may have to do a job for us,” Hunt, giggling, confirmed the new addition during his pre-match press conference for Wits’ Nedbank Cup semi-final cup tie against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday night.
It means Brighton Mhlongo, who’s played just two games in all competitions this season, will be in goal this weekend, with young Cuwen Prince from the MultiChoice Diski Challenge acting as his deputy over the next several weeks.
Hunt also confirmed having to rope in as many as eight players from the reserve team, the Premier Soccer League having made a special dispensation to allow clubs to bolster their squad with youth players because of Covid-19.
Damon, who played for Wits and Moroka Swallows before retiring, will now be the oldest player on the books of a local club at 42. But the club has been in a similar predicament before back in 2013 when then goalkeeper coach Andre Arendse also had to come out of retirement with four keepers all injured - the ex-Bafana Bafana international was 45 at the time.
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