Ayanda Patosi signs with Belgian side Lokeren
Posted: 23 May 2011 Time: 21:11
South African playmaker Ayanda Patosi has signed a four-year deal with Belgian top-flight side Lokeren.
Patosi, who was developed by the African Soccer Development academy in Cape Town, was chosen as the best player at the recent Bayhill tournament and is described as one of the best talents to come out of South Africa. Lokeren say they beat off the challenge of several other teams to secure his signature. “He is a very exciting prospect who could have gone to a bigger team,” explained Lokeren's Willy Reynders. “But the African Soccer Development academy in Cape Town has decided to pick us because of our youth development and the possibility of further co-operation between us.” Lokeren have also taken winger Ebrahim Seedat from ASD, who were surprise runners up at the Easter tournament in Cape Town and beat several youth sides from top PSL clubs. Seedat, who has signed a two-year deal with an option for another two years, is a player in the Franklin Cale mould while Patosi is a much more cultured footballer, who many observers in the Mother City suggest could become a second Thulani Serero. The ASD academy has its first team coach by former PE Blackpool and Wits University midfielder Dougie Willams. It is owned by Englishman Mike Steptoe, whose son is an agent and who has investors that include for Arsenal and England star Ian Wright.