Mandla Masango in action for SuperSport United during his loan spell last season. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Mandla Masango in action for SuperSport United during his loan spell last season. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy and club owner John Comitis. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy and club owner John Comitis. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - Cape Town City chairman John Comitis has confirmed that his team were interested in securing the services of Bafana Bafana midfielder Mandla Masango.

The former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder is currently on the books of Randers FC in Denmark. Last season he was on loan at SuperSport United.

“We spoke to Mandla. The problem is that he is committed. The transfer fee that his club are asking is beyond our reach. Right now we can’t talk to Mandla since it is outside the transfer window, which means we can only talk to his club,” Comitis explained.

City has also been linked with Mamelodi Sundowns forward Khama Billiat. The Zimbabwean internationally is yet to renew his contract with the 2016 African Champions.

His current contract will expire in June next year. However, Comitis has quashed the rumours.

“I’m sure everyone would be interested in a player like Khama Billiat, but right now he is not in our sights. He is not in my plans at the moment,” Comitis elaborated.

City have struggled in their past few matches after commencing the season like a house on fire.They were on a five-match winless streak before they notched up a victory against Free State Stars last week.

Benni McCarthy, a Bafana legend in his first job as a coach, was clearly under pressure to produce results.

“I have no reason to panic. Why should I panic? I’m number three on the log. I knew that this was going to come. Our problems are fixable. We believe in Benni and he has our full backing.

"Our problem is that we are not scoring goals but it will eventually come right,” Comitis said.

City lost their top marksman Lebogang Manyama, who netted 14 goals for the club last season, when he joined Turkish outfit Kanyspor in September.

“We do have good players in our team but they haven’t reached the levels of Manyama. Yes, the challengers are there. A player like Teko Modise is starting to show his quality. He is top footballer,” Comitis said.

The Star

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