Lebogang Manyama and Aubrey Ngoma celebrate during Cape Town City's Telkom Knockout Cup final victory over Supersport United. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix
JOHANNESBURG - John Comitis has made it clear his side will not be selling any players ahead of the new season.

Instead, the Cape Town City owner said they’ll be bringing in more talent into the squad to help them challenge for league honours next season.

“None of my players are for sale,” Comitis said, following their 4-2 defeat against SuperSport United on Tuesday night.

“There’s no price tag on my players. I can’t use a bag of money to play on the left wing. I’ve got to use Aubrey (Ngoma). If anything, we are going to add to the squad and try to do it all over again (challenge for the league title).”

The former Ajax Cape Town co-chairman, however, admitted that his decision to keep all his players won’t go unchallenged as there are interested parties who might come up with lucrative offers in an attempt to lure his players.

Should that be the case, though, Comitis said he had a counter strategy to fend them off.

“It’s simple, really,” Comitis said. “We’ll compete with whatever they are offering.

“We’ll pay our players more. The two (Aubrey Ngoma and Lebohang Manyama) signed a three-year deal with the club. And I can tell you now, they are happy with the numbers. There’ll be no sales at the club.”

Asked about any potential sponsorship deals he was working on for his club following a stellar first campaign this season, Comitis said: “There are two or three interested parties keen on sponsoring this team. And hopefully by next season, we’ll have something signed and sealed.”

Meanwhile, Eric Tinkler expressed his disappointment over his side’s defeat at the hands of Matsatsantsa a Pitori.

The former Orlando Pirates coach said they need to finish in the top three so as to secure a place in either the CAF Champions League or the CAF Confederation Cup competition.

The Cape Town side have two league matches remaining to bring down the curtain on a stellar maiden season.

Tinkler led Orlando Pirates to the finals of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2015, only to lose to Etoile du Sahel, who hail from from Sousse in the Sahel region of Tunisia, in the two leg final.

The former Bafana Bafana midfield kingpin said he is relishing the prospect of going back to compete in continental football again.

“Our goal is to finish third (this season),” Tinkler said. “That’s where we are currently and it becomes very important not to lose our place there (on the league standings).

“We play Golden Arrows in our next fixture and it’s vital to collect the three points.  We are desperate to cement our place and qualify for the Confederation Cup.

“That’s where we want to go. I believe that’s what we need to achieve as coaches in South Africa,” Tinkler added.

“Pitso (Mosimane) of Mamelodi Sundowns has done it by winning the Champions League. And it’s a nice achievement to enhance your CV.

“That’s where other clubs around the world get to notice you as a coach as well. I believe every coach wants that recognition.

“They want to be noticed. It’s what success is all about. It’s what coaches strive for,” he said.

The Star

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