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Tshepo Gumede defends Cape Town City team, says they all have something to prove

Posted: 15 August 2016 Time: 20:09

Cape Town City’s Tshepo Gumede has defended the make-up of the PSL’s newest side, and says they all have something to prove.

After relocating Mpumalanga Black Aces to Cape Town with just 14 members of the squad that finished fourth in the Premiership last season, City have been busy in the transfer window to create a squad to compete in South Africa’s top-flight.

Players such as Robyn Johannes, Ebrahim Seedat, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Gumede have been brought into the fold, with critics speculating whether or not such players will be able to step up after less-than-impressive spells at their previous clubs.

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Yet Gumede, who made just three appearances for Pirates last season, has dismissed this notion, but knows each and every player at the newly-established club has a point to prove.

“That’s fine – it’s people’s opinions,” the former Orlando Pirates defender tells KickOff.com. “They are allowed to have one … but what counts is what happens on matchday. But we all have something to prove.”

Gumede admits he was drawn to the Cape club by his former coach at the Bucs.

“[Eric] Tinkler and the chairman,” he answered when asked who had lured him to the Mother City. “It’s easier when you know you’ve worked with someone before, and it’s easier when they know how you play and how you go about doing things.”

Gumede refused to give a numerical goal of where City could end up on the log come May next year, insisting their aim was to finish “as high as possible”.

“Our aim is to finish as high as possible,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes … but as high as possible, that’s the best position.”

City open their 2016/17 Premiership campaign against Polokwane City on Tuesday, 23 August.

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Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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