John Comitis explains Cape Town City's decision to sign Tatenda Mukuruva as fourth goalkeeper
Posted: 10 February 2017 Time: 11:10
Cape Town City have explained the thinking behind roping in a fourth goalkeeper following the signing of Zimbabwe international Tatenda Mukuruva.
Having earlier been reported on KickOff.com, the Citizens confirmed the signing of the Warriors goalkeeper on Wednesday, with the 21-year-old joining Shu-Aib Walters, Samora Motloung and Gershin Kock in the goalkeeping department at the Mother City side.
City have now explained the reason behind their decision to bulk up their options between the sticks, with an injury scare to both their first and second-choice glovemen sparking the move.
“Ten days ago we were enjoying our preparations when we got two injuries – both our goalkeepers went down in the same training session, Samora [Motloung] and Shu-Aib Walters,” club owner John Comitis told reporters.
“With that happening, and with us near the top of the league with certain aspirations, we needed to make sure we have that position covered, because in one instant, our key position was not at the level we hoped it to be.
“So we went and signed an international goalkeeper who we were watching during the Afcon, Tatenda Mukuruva. We realised he was a free agent and could sign him outside the window, so we reacted quickly and got him here, and he should be ready and available for the weekend [against Ajax Cape Town].”
Walters was able to recover in time for the first encounter of 2017, a 3-0 victory over Highlands Park, while Motloung will only return in April following damage to his ankle ligaments.
“Walters played against Highlands Park, but Samora is probably out for eight weeks,” Comitis confirmed. “We need to know that we have players in every position that can step in and keep the programme in tact in terms of what we want to achieve this season.”
Head coach Eric Tinkler says he was pleased with the club’s transfer dealings of late – which includes the signings of Letsie Koapeng, Raphael Georgiades, Siyabonga Dubula and Edmilson Dove – and insists players will be selected based on form, and nothing else.
“The players we signed are not here to make up numbers – they must be capable players to step in, and you want that healthy competition,” he said. “The way I coach, if you are playing well, irrespective of experience, you will play. So if an opportunity comes along and you play well, you keep your place, and that’s the way it should be.”