Cape Town City FC chairman John Comitis explains Ayanda Patosi departure


Citizens confirmed that player has completed a move to Iranian side Esteghlal on transfer deadline, which comes as a surprise as he is one of the club’s top performing players.

Patosi has previously played in Belgium for Lokeren and will now get an opportunity to play abroad again.

"You know we can't bring a player of that calibre here and frustrate him. We know he wasn't in a good condition, but he gave us everything, and he committed himself and we assisted him. We gave him a platform and we are happy to see him grow from here.

“You know he has a good deal over there. He is on loan until June with an option for them to keep him permanently."

Asked how Esteghlal spotted the Bafana Bafana international, Comitis said: “They are watching the PSL, but [also] we've got some good contacts in the Middle-East and they kept asking us about Patosi.

“About a month ago it had already started and we assured them that if they come through with a deal that we wanted we'll make it happen, and they did exactly that. We weren't pursuing any local deals, neither was Patosi to be honest. First of all it's a top club in Iran, so as far as it goes they get hundred thousand of people at games, and they play in the Champions League, which is a very, very lucrative league.

The move will be good financially for the player, according to Comitis.

“Patosi is not 20 anymore, he's had six years in Belgium in the Premier League and financially he wants to have the biggest deal he can have, and that was a very lucrative deal for him. It also opens opportunities for him to be transferred again from that club to an even bigger club in the Middle-East – maybe a club in Dubai or Saudi Arabia. So he's decided that this is his destiny and it was also a financial decision and I think he will do very well in that league."