Benni McCarthy: Cape Town City had to let Ayanda Patosi join Esteghlal – News

Posted: 15 February 2019
Time: 09:50

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy admits losing Ayanda Patosi to Iranian club Esteghlal was a blow but believes the club can replace him.

Patosi made it clear when he joined City from Lokeren in Belgium that he did not intend to stay too long in the PSL, and McCarthy explained the club’s decision to let him go at the end of the January transfer window.

READ: Patosi joins Iranian club Esteghlal

“Firstly it was huge for us to lose such a player, especially as we don’t have a big squad, but we had to be realistic, we are not a club that holds players who want to challenge themselves overseas,” McCarthy said.

“We want to improve players, we won’t stand in their way if they want to move abroad.”

McCarthy, who during his playing days competed in the big leagues in Europe and won the coveted UEFA Champions League with FC Porto, believes players must be given the freedom to challenge themselves in other countries.

“If a player gets such an opportunity, allow him to go. As a player I would also not hesitate to grab that chance. If someone tried to stop me I would definitely fight, so we had to release him,” he explained.

“We will find the right replacement for Patosi, we may even search outside the country, check if there’s anyone who would love to play in our league.”

Article by: Nkululeko Dladla

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Author : Nkululeko Dladla

Publish date : 2019-02-15 07:50:25

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