Comitis explains selling Erasmus

Premiership

Cape Town City chairman John Comitis has explained how he reached the decision to sell one of his best players Kermit Erasmus to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The 30-year-old 'Romeo', as the striker prefers to be known these days, left The Citizens for The Brazilians last week in a move that saw Aubrey Ngoma go the other way.

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Scroll through the gallery above to see Sundowns' attacking options after Erasmus' arrival

Erasmus scored 14 goals in 27 appearances for City in the 2019/20 season as Jan Olde Riekerink's side managed to finish in the top eight.

"It was the right time for Erasmus and for the club," Comitis tells Kickoff.com.

"We think we could have substituted him [with another signing] but obviously it's not easy for a player of his quality. But it was his time and he deserves it, and we need to move on.

"You know Kermit is one of the big players, you have to realise there's a time where you have to sell him. And that was his time.

"We think that we can manage the goals from the three other strikers that are going to be in place. And let's see how it goes."

City have secured the services of Tashreeq Morris and Fagrie Lakay on new deals and they will be expected to score the goals Erasmus will now be netting for Sundowns.

"Ja, I'm putting something together slowly, we will be there competing," Comitis continues.

"No [new] local guys are training with the team, we are trying to get foreigners, but you know with the travelling it's impossible. So we are trying to see if we can manage that."

Comitis also confirmed that Ngoma will only be with the club for a season.

"Yes, he's on loan and we needed somebody in the change room that is mature like Kermit. The experience. So he'll substitute Kermit in that way in the squad," Comitis says.

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"But at the same time we know his quality. We just need to bring him to his level of fitness to compete on a week-to-week basis because he hasn't been playing.

"That will take a couple of weeks but we've got him on a full programme and the signs are looking good."

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