Lakay relieved at City switch

Posted: 18 July 2017 Time: 19:48

Lyle Lakay says he is happy the tug-of-war over his services between former side Bloemfontein Celtic and his new employers Cape Town City has come to an end.

Celtic were withholding Lakay’s clearance as they claimed he was contracted to them for another year. On the day the two sides were set to go head-to-head in the Premier Soccer League’s Dispute Resolution Chamber, a compromise was reached though with City midfielder Given Mashikinya moving in the opposite direction as compensation.

Celtic have claimed the moral high ground in the tussle, but Lakay thinks the DRC would have ruled in his favour.

"I'm just happy it's over and I can focus fully on training and playing," Lakay tells


"Even though I still believe we would have won the case, because I know I wasn't wrong."

Lakay says he left Bloemfontein for Cape Town to win trophies and be closer to his family.

"I'm looking forward to the new challenge and am also happy to be at an ambitious club. I was supposed to go to [Bidvest] Wits, but when City approached me I thought, ‘why not?’.

“I'm from Cape Town, my family is this side and the main reason was to be closer to my son."

Lakay went on to thank the Celtic fans for their support in his six years at the club.

"I'm grateful and want to thank everyone at Celtic for the six years that I enjoyed at the club. Through the ups and downs, I still had my best memories playing at Celtic."

Article by: Sipho Mlotha

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