Allan Kateregga is able to play on the wing or upfront. Photo: @katereggaMAN17 via Twitter

Cape Town City have beefed up their attack with the signing of Ugandan international Allan Kateregga.

The 23-year-old, who has played for AFC Leopards in Kenya and for top Ugandan side KCCA FC, penned a three-year deal with the Cape club.

It’s no secret that City are in desperate need of a spark upfront.

While they play some neat attacking football, creating and finishing have been a major concern.

For example, they dominated last week’s derby against neighbours Ajax Cape Town, but only managed to win 1-0 despite having a number of scoring chances.

Comitis and coach Benni McCarthy are confident new man Kateregga can provide the thrust needed in attack.

The Cape club announced the capture of Kateregga early on Tuesday morning, with club boss John Comitis saying: “Our scouts do an unbelievable job across the continent, and it is because of this that we are able to bring in exactly the right players at the right time.

“I sat with Benni and we discussed the need for a left-footed playmaker and winger who could add something unique going forward.

“There were a few options for us in the market, but once Benni saw Kateregga play, he just simply said ‘This is the one’.

“Kateregga has a unique technical ability and is incredibly comfortable on the ball. He can interchange freely as a left or right wing as well as a playmaker, and is able to create and score wherever he plays.

Cape Town City chairman John Comitis said he had a brief chat with Steven Pienaar, but wants to find out how coach Benni McCarthy feels about the player. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

“He’s a very positive and happy person on and off the field, so he’ll fit in very well at City.

“At just 23, he comes with a lot of experience internationally and domestically.

“He will still need time to develop and settle in completely, but the happy family atmosphere in the City dressing-room will make things easier – a good example of this would be Edmilson’s quick adjustment to the squad.

“Overall, we’re happy Kateregga has decided to join City, and he’s looking forward to growing his game in Africa’s top league.”

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Meanwhile, as for former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar, at this stage there is nothing happening as yet.

Comitis said he had a brief chat with the player during the weekend’s Cape derby.

“Before I even set up any official meeting with Pienaar, I have to sit down with Benni to see if it’s an option he will be interested in,” said the City boss.

“At the moment we are quite strong in midfield, so we will have to consider it carefully.”

 

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