Patosi in hot water with the Citizens
Posted: 16 April 2018 Time: 11:30
KickOff.com has learnt that Cape Town City midfielder Ayanda Patosi is in trouble with the club and faces talks with chairman John Comitis.
Patosi sat out the 0-0 draw with SuperSport United on Saturday after allegedly skipping training ahead of a recent league game against Maritzburg United in KwaZulu-Natal.
According to a source close to the Citizens, the former Bafana Bafana star is set to appear before the club's disciplinary committee and could be handed his clearance at the end of the season.
"The club is now tired of protecting the boy," says the source.
"He is a good player with great potential but his conduct is letting him down.
"He is expected to appear before the club DC soon and could be released from his contract at the end of the season."
Comitis will meet with the attacker today to discuss the way forward.
"I’m having a meeting with Patosi on Monday and I’m hoping that we can understand what the issues are," Comitis tells KickOff.com.
"We’ve had fitness conditioning issues with him and we’ve been trying very hard to keep him at his best, but he has to have the commitment first.
"I’ll keep on chasing him… he’s a top professional and needs to stand up and get counted."
Comitis has warned Patosi, who has five goals and four assists this season, ill-discipline will not be tolerated by coach Benni McCarthy.
"Well we thought that he’s gone past that and matured enough to understand the severity of the situation because he’s a big asset to the club, and you can see we need players which have that kind of intelligence in the last third.
"His statistics are great even in the few games that he’s played. Our job is to try and keep him at his best but the first commitment has to come from him. We can do what we want to do but ultimately it has to come from him.
"We can be as patient as we can, but there’s a point we also have to be realistic. We can’t allow for one player to mess it up for everyone else."
City signed Patosi in June last year as free agent after he spent a lengthy spell with Belgian Pro League side KSC Lokeren.
The 25-year-old began his fledgeling football career in the Mother City with the African Soccer Development Academy, before catching the eye of the Belgians, who recruited him in 2011.
By Ernest Fakude and Seraj Jones