CAPE TOWN – Cape Town City have spent a "club record fee" to sign up-and-coming teenage Bafana Bafana winger Gift Links.
Links first made his name with Platinum Stars, where some standout performances in the CAF Confederation Cup drew attention from Egypt. This despite only having made a handful of league appearances for Dikwena.
A move to Al Assiouty followed in January this year. But although Links did well in his six months in north Africa, he was recently deemed surplus to requirements and was told he could leave the club. This was after Saudi Arabian billionaire Turki Al al-Sheikh took over the club, rebranded it as Pyramids FC, and spent millions signing new players.
Apart from making 11 appearances in the Egyptian top flight, Links was also called up for the Bafana Bafana squad which played in the Cosafa Cup in Polokwane last month, where he put in some eye-catching performances. So much so that Cape Town City came in with an offer of a long-term deal to ensure the 19-year-old returned to South Africa - the livewire left-winger had also been linked with a move to another Egyptian club.
The news was confirmed on the club's Twitter account: "The attacking midfielder signed a five-year-deal‚ joining City for a club record fee from Egyptian Premier League outfit Pyramids FC."
Cape Town City is delighted to announce the acquisition of 19y South African international, Gift Links! The attacking midfielder signs a 5 year deal, joining City for a club record fee from Egyptian Premier League outfit Pyramids FC. #iamCityFC #FutureIsNow pic.twitter.com/FUteQwro0t
The Cape side will have no shortage of wide attacking options from midfield, having also signed Riyaad Norodien from Orlando Pirates in the off-season, while they have in their ranks Surprise Ralani, Craig Martin, Lyle Lakay, Thabo Nodada and Ugandan international Alan Kateregga.
The club has also signed Ivory Coast-born defender Kouassi Kouadja, who will beef up the central defence after Robyn Johannes left for Bidvest Wits. City finished fifth in the league last season in what was Benni McCarthy's first campaign as a head coach.
African News Agency (ANA)