Comitis prepared for Patosi offers


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The attacker is expected to play a big role for the club in Saturday’s MTN8 final with SuperSport United, having recently bagged a brace against Orlando Pirates in the league.

Patosi’s talent has never been in question, but he was dogged by off-field issues in his first season with City last term following his return to South Africa from a six-year spell with Belgian outfit Lokeren.

"We had to be patient with the boy," Comitis tells

"You know he came back from Europe and he had some issues to deal with, and at the same time he's got a weight problem which he had to address using a full scientific evaluation of his composition with everything.We had to assist him.

"You know you put him on the pitch and he is five, six kilos ... it's difficult you know and the PSL is a difficult league. It's a quick league, it's a tough league, it's a competitive league. But when you see his ability that nobody else has, his mind on the pitch, he sees things before anybody sees ... then you know it's just about getting the physical condition, and I could see it coming you know, and I think it's getting better and better."

Comitis says he expects his office desk to be flooded with offers from Europe at the end of the season.

"The problem is gonna come at the end of the season when we have five, six European clubs chasing him again you know. But that's the way football is and at the same time we are very happy he's progressed. This is exactly what I believed and I think he's gonna be again a change(sic) for us on Saturday."

Asked how he manages to convince top players like Patosi and Tokelo Rantie to choose the Citizens over rival PSL teams, Comitis says: "You know you gotta talk to people, you gotta talk to them at the level that they can see you know what your vision is. And Tokelo also had his issues, he's undergone a personal challenge now with his wife and it's something that we had to nurse with him, and we worked very close with him and we assisted him as well. He can see this is the club that cares and will help him to pull himself up again without pressure. He made the choice based on that, but he saw that this club is a caring club.

"You know the money is important but it’s not everything, and sometimes in life when you see that you need somebody to assist you to get back on track, you know you look at who is genuine and who is not genuine. At the of the day we really are there for him, and we'll get him at his best as we would like to see him banging in goals."

Asked if Rantie, a former Bafana Bafana striker, will feature against Matsatsantsa, Comitis says he is unsure.

"You know it's touch and go whether we'll include him because we also don't want to impose [pressure on] him, but certainly from next week he will definitely be there."