Johannes: Best football of my life

The Mitchells Plain-born hardman has started all four of City’s games so far this season, adding to the 20 starts he made last season, forming part of a defensive line that has conceded just once in the first month of the 2017/18 campaign.

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And the well-travelled 31-year-old, who has turned out for the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, Golden Arrows and AmaZulu, feels he’s at the peak of his career, helped by the fact that he is well-settled at home.

“I’m playing the best football of my life,” he told reporters. “Coming back to Cape Town was the best decision I ever made, being home with my family and friends. I’m in a good place, my mind is at ease and I think it shows on the field. Now I want to perform week in and week out. I play every game like I have something to prove, and I think I am enjoying myself.”

The Citizens have continued where they left off last season under new coach Benni McCarthy, and Johannes is confident the club can add to their Telkom Knockout success in their maiden campaign last time out.

“I think we have a good blend of youth mixed with experienced players like Teko [Modise], Shu-Aib [Walters], [Lebogang] Manyama and myself,” he said.

“We have a great coach whose played at the highest level, who is obviously new to coaching, but he’s a winner, and we are going to be successful, that’s for sure.

“But we know it takes hard work, every single day at the training ground, to achieve what we want to. Last season we fell a bit short, but this season we are prepared to go all the way, and hopefully end up first.”

On paper, City have a tough month ahead, with their next three fixtures including cup and league ties against Bidvest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.