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Slap on the wrist stiffens Patosi

Posted: 9 March 2018 Time: 10:30

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has seemingly kissed and made up with Ayanda Patosi, lavishing praise on the midfielder’s turnaround in form and attitude.

The former Belgium-based South African international has been in and out of the City side this season, and was embarrassingly hauled off after just 39 minutes in his side’s 1-0 Nedbank Cup victory over Bidvest Wits last month after a lacklustre performance.

The 25-year-old, however, worked his way back into McCarthy’s good books, earning a starting berth in City’s last Absa Premiership encounter against Chippa United, and repaid his manager’s faith with a well-taken goal in their 2-0 victory last week.

And McCarthy was more than pleased with his midfielder’s efforts, praising his attitude shift following his “slap on the wrist”.

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“We all know the qualities he possesses,” the City coach said of his top scorer this season with four goals. “He had a bit of a mishap and got a slap on the wrist, and a couple of fines, diet restrictions and extra training, and he’s come good. Over the last three weeks I’ve kept a close eye on him, and spoken to him about what’s expected of him. He’s a player that came from Europe that the others look up to, and he hasn’t been an example, but I gambled on Friday [against Chippa] and it paid off.”

Patosi started City’s next encounter as well, a midweek 1-0 victory over Costa do Sol in the CAF Confederation Cup, with McCarthy describing his ability as “second to none” while hoping the former Lokeren star will continue his upward trajectory until the end of the season.

“He brings that quality, and together with Teko [Modise] and Roland [Putsche], he gives them confidence – now the ball goes to our 10, who knows how to find those little pockets, with Judas [Moseamedi’s] movements upfront also making it a bit easier. Patosi’s technique and ability is second to none, so hopefully his lesson has been learned, and he’s got six more games plus a cup game to continue in this form.

“And you can see the different team that we look when he’s in the side, so I am happy for him.”

City are next in action on Wednesday, as they prepare to face off against Orlando Pirates in their Nedbank Cup Last 16 clash at Cape Town Stadium.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

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