Cape Town City’s new signing Gift Links has explained why he returned to South Africa
Posted: 7 July 2018 Time: 11:00
Cape Town City’s new signing Gift Links has explained his decision to return to South Africa after just six months in Egypt.
Links became The Citizens’ record signing after penning a five-year deal from Egyptian Premier League side Pyramids FC, whom he joined from Platinum Stars in January.
The 19-year-old Bafana Bafana winger opted to snub offers elsewhere to move to the Mother City, after his club were sold to Saudi billionaire Turki Al-Sheikh and renamed from Al Assiouty Sport to Pyramids.
One factor that convinced the Dikwena youth graduate to choose City over other suitors was the presence of Bafana legend Benni McCarthy, who he believes can aid his hopes of an eventual move to Europe.
“For me to be back home, it’s because of coach Benni. After I heard Cape Town City was interested in me, I told myself I will sign with them,” Links tells KickOff.com.
“I believe maybe after two or three years I can go to Europe, because of Benni’s guidance. He knows what’s best because he played in Europe.
“I’m very happy to be here because, even though I had offers from other teams, I know my chances of playing here are higher. I just need to work hard and enjoy my football.”
Links has already put the disappointment of having to succumb to the temptations of returning home behind him, as he admits that being the club’s ‘record signing’ comes with a bit of pressure.
“They told us some players will be leaving, but they told myself, [former Platinum Stars striker] Benson Shilongo and another guy that they won’t let us leave for free,” he explains.
“That anyone who wanted us should pay. I actually had options in Egypt, but I decided to come back home rather. I still believe I can grow under coach Benni.
“Being the club’s record signing is a lot of pressure, but I won’t put myself under pressure on the pitch. I’ll just play my game, work hard and that’s it.”