Patosi on ridiculous money overseas

Premiership

Cape Town City chairman John Comitis explains why they can't keep Ayanda Patosi in the PSL as he attracts huge interest from three different countries.

The left-winger is currently back in Cape Town training with The Citizens following the upheaval caused by the coronavirus. but will be leaving Mzansi soon.

Foolad Khuzestan FC are also believed to be hoping to secure a permanent deal for the 27-year-old, who had been playing in Iran on loan.

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"Ayanda Patosi is our player, we still have a contract with him for a few years, but he is definitely going back to the Middle East," Comitis tells KickOff.com.

"There's a lot of demand for him and we are going to look after him nicely and he will probably be gone in the next two weeks.

"Yes, he is in the country and he's going to train with us, he's done the test today [for Covid-19] like anybody else, and we are waiting for permission [to return to training].

"Then the minute we get a chance, he's gone overseas. He's got three countries looking for him. I'm waiting to see which one is going to be the most interesting for him... Iran, United Arab Emirates and [South] Korea."

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Comitis says the reason he is not keeping the player is because they cannot compete with the financial might of the overseas teams.

"He is very happy, and we cannot compete with the money that they pay him. And he gets a ridiculous amount of money there, which is good for him, and we know we cannot get in his way.

"At some point he will be playing for us again hopefully. We've got another three years with him [left on his contract]. We'd like to do a permanent deal for him, but we are waiting for the right deal.

"We are not worried about having him here, we'd love to have him back in the starting line-up, so this is a great relationship we have with him and a clearer understanding."

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Asked if he has received any offers for the player from PSL teams, Comitis replied: "We are not interested in local."

After earning much acclaim playing in for Lokeren in Belgium, Khayelitsha-born Patosi has not yet managed to convince the national selectors to give him more chances.

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