Cape Town City boss John Comitis reveals Mandla Masango sticking point
Posted: 6 December 2017 Time: 17:00
Cape Town City boss John Comitis says Mandla Masango's wage demands have dampened their interest in the Randers winger.
City were prepared to meet the Danish club's R3m release clause for Masango, who spent the second half of last season on loan at SuperSport United.
However, Comitis says Masango's personal terms are proving to be a sticking point.
"I had an agreement in principle with his club in terms of getting him here... he could be playing for us as of January but at this stage we can't match his personal demands," says Comitis.
"Unless he changes his point of view because we were happy to do a deal with his club, unfortunately his demands were beyond us."
Masango initially impressed for Randers when he joined them from Kaizer Chiefs at the end of 2014/15, netting six goals in 27 appearance.
With teams around Europe taking notice of his talent, he wanted to leave at the beginning of 2016/17 but a move never materialised and he was frozen out in Denmark as his mind was elsewhere.
He was later farmed out to SuperSport where he scored three times in 13 league outings and won the Nedbank Cup under ex-Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter.
Meanwhile, the Citizens plan to sign two foreigners when the transfer window opens in January.
"I'm targeting three signings. There's going to be two foreign players in that mix and possibly one local," Comitis says.
"For me we need to have competitive players, they have to know we are going to keep working. We got a team that performed very well in the first season. It is not a secret that we battled to get our footing right this season.
"I'm also still waiting for Aubrey Ngoma to take his rightful place and position. We can build him to be a full 90-minute player again and that'll be like a new signing for us," he adds of the attacker, who recently recovered from a long-term knee injury.