Citizens are better than their form suggests, says 'on fire' defender Seedat
CAPE TOWN – City dropped a place to ninth in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) standings following their 1-1 home draw with struggling Chippa United at the Athlone Stadium last Tuesday.
The Citizens next welcome seventh-placed Bloemfontein Celtic to the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday and will be out to hand Phunya Sele Sele their fourth straight loss.
The two sides have one thing in common, both recently came off second-best against PSL rookies Highlands Park.
Celtic went down 2-1 at home to the Lions of the North last time out while City saw their three-game winning stretch ended two games back in a 2-0 away loss in Johannesburg.
City have won four times this season from 13 league outings, five of which ended in stalemates.
“We’re better than our form suggests,” said 25-year-old defender Ebrahim Seedat, who has been with City since its formation three years ago.
“The guys are gelling well, the team spirit is high and the squad is getting better by the day. In coach Benni (McCarthy) we have the king of SA football guiding our fortunes.
“We all respect him for what he achieved as a player and are all hungry to learn from him. He’s always encouraging us and telling us to give of our best all the time.
“Football is a funny game; sometimes you are the better team and you lose, sometimes you are not the better team and win,” Seedat continued.
Seedat has played in most of the league games. It’s this drive that may get him a call-up to the national team.
“I’ll just keep on putting in the shifts and take in all the advice that comes my way to become a better player,” he said.
City assistant coach Vasili Manousakis believes his left-back can make it into the Bafana Bafana setup.
“Ebrahim has taken his chance and is now a regular first team pick. He’s a hard worker and gaining in stature by the day.
“I would say he’s on fire for us,” said Manousakis.
Mike de Bruyn