Lebogang Manyama's contract extension at Cape Town City is an indication that the club are intent to keep their best players and challenge for more honours. Picture: LUIGI BENNETT, BACKPAGEPIX
Lebogang Manyama's contract extension at Cape Town City is an indication that the club are intent to keep their best players and challenge for more honours. Picture: LUIGI BENNETT, BACKPAGEPIX

Cape Town City keen to strengthen their attack

By Rodney Reiners Time of article published Jan 25, 2017

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Cape Town - Cape Town City will only dip into the transfer market if a quality striker is available. With the window scheduled to close at the end of month, the high-riding Mother City club is happy with the current squad, though, like so many other PSL clubs, they could do with a reliable, consistent goal-getter.

The PSL is currently still on a break, to accommodate the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations under way in Gabon. The second half of the season swings into action on 3 February, but City will only be in action four days later when they host the Gordon Igesund-coached Highlands Park at Athlone Stadium.

As it stands at the moment, City are in third position on the PSL standings, but level on 25 points with the top two sides, SuperSport United and Wits. Having only been established as a PSL club in June last year, and with the Telkom Knockout Cup safely stored in the trophy cabinet already, it has been a remarkable debut campaign for the club based in Green Point.

But, as they always say in football, “you’re only as good as your last game”. For City, the challenge now is to continue where they left off. It won’t be easy. They are now no longer an unknown entity; opposing teams will be prepared.

While a few of the foreign players have returned home, in search of regular game time - like Australians Matt Sim and James Brown, and Latvian Renars Rode - club boss John Comitis insists that they will only add to the squad if the right player is available.

“Look, we are happy with what we have,” said Comitis. “We are looking at perhaps filling the midfield vacancy left by Sim, but it’s not a top priority. We can always move (left-back) Thato Mokeke to midfield and play Ebrahim Seedat in defence. The one position we would like to strengthen is in attack, where we need a good striker. But, to be honest, there’s nothing around, so we’ll just wait and see. If a striker becomes available, someone we think can add value to the team, we will certainly consider it.”

The positive mood in the City camp, though, has continued during the PSL break. The Cape club’s two stars - and, arguably, two of the best footballers on show in the PSL during the first half of the season - Lebogang Manyama and Aubrey Ngoma have signed extensions to their current contracts. It’s an indication of City’s intent to keep the best players at the club and a signal that they want to challenge for honours. In addition, the team’s bright young prospect, 17-year-old Duncan Adonis, has just been called up to the South African Under-20 squad.

“It’s looking good,” said Comitis. “Now we have to pick up where we left off last year and continue that form into the second half of the season.”

Comitis was also ecstatic that his “baby” - the club’s DreamClub 100 vision - is finally under way. Last week, the 100 amateur clubs affiliated to the programme were named and it’s from here that City will draw its future players and supporters.

“DreamClub 100 is the most inclusive and far reaching youth development programme in the country,” said Comitis. “It is a project that benefits the entire football fraternity in Cape Town. We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the amount of applications and positivity about our exciting new initiative. We are looking forward to working with all of the 100 selected clubs to build lasting relationships.

“It’s an aggressive way of gaining the interest of the communities around us and, through our club, it’s a passage to the PSL for aspiring footballers. Importantly, it’s a two-way street, in that we will work with the clubs and they will work with us. I have never experienced such enthusiasm.”

Cape Times

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