Ayanda Patosi: Cape Town City can become a giant of SA football
Posted: 11 July 2017 Time: 17:00
Cape Town City newcomer Ayanda Patosi believes the club can become a giant of South African football.
Patosi joined the Citizens in June after spending five years with Belgian Pro League side KSC Lokeren.
The former ASD Academy player is eager to add value to City, who won the Telkom Knockout and finished third in the league in their first year of existence. The side was formed after ex-Ajax Cape Town boss John Comitis bought the topflight status of Mpumalanga Black Aces.
“It’s a nice feeling to back home,” Patosi tells KickOff.com.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in front of my family and friends, you know. Especially for my mom, now they can come watch my games and support me and that means a lot for any player.”
The Bafana Bafana international, who prefers operating at left wing, insists he will be a team player in the Mother City.
“My aim here is to try and help City to better last season’s achievements,” says the 24-year-old. “It’s important that we as players realise what was achieved last season will require a bigger effort this time round.
“If we maintain the philosophy of the collective and playing for each other like they did last season, I’m pretty sure that we can definitely build on last year’s good performances.
“Personally, I’ll work extremely hard and commit myself to whatever the coach [Benni McCarthy] requires of me – whether it’s on the training field or during games.
“For example, even though I prefer playing on the left wing, I can slot in wherever the coach wants me to play, whether it’s a number 10 or as a second striker, as long as it benefits the team.
“What is important is the fact that the club keeps on growing and attains success. City has the potential to become a giant in South African soccer and I‘m sure we can all play our part and contribute towards this. Especially with a chairman like Comitis that is passionate about the game and knows his business.”