Cape Town City owner John Comitis warns Ayanda Patosi to step up
Posted: 18 April 2018 Time: 15:00
Cape Town City owner John Comitis says wayward talent Ayanda Patosi is fully aware of what is expected of him, and needs to “step up”.
The former Belgium-based playmaker was excluded from City’s match day squad in their last fixture at home to SuperSport United, having missed training earlier this month ahead of their previous match, a 1-1 draw at Maritzburg United.
Following his noticeable absence against SuperSport last weekend, McCarthy was frank about the situation.
“It is what it is,” he told reporters after the game. “When you don’t see him, it’s not rocket science. It’s just reality, that’s how it is. I do what I do with what I have at my disposal. Maybe he’s at the shebeen or somewhere.”
Comitis, who met with Patosi earlier this week, says the 25-year-old was back in training, but will only be selected once more after displaying a shift in attitude.
“He’s been training, but it’s a case of whether he’s training with the match day 18,” Comitis said. “And coach will only consider him if he’s in a mental state to be considered. You’ve got to understand that we have a coach in his first outing and he puts a lot of emphasis on having respect from everyone. And you can only gain respect if you are operating in a way that doesn’t favour anyone and always keeps consistency in terms of certain principles.”
Comitis added that he feels no need to baby someone with Patosi’s credentials, but says the midfielder, who was photographed at City's training session on Tuesday, needs to pull up his socks.
“It is not up to us teach someone like Patosi‚ he knows exactly what is expected of him and he is a talent that should be playing for South Africa,” he said.
“He could make an absolute difference‚ but he needs to give his commitment first. We are here for him‚ but he needs to step up.”