Cape Town City’s McCarthy looks to further beef up squad

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Cape Town City FC coach Benni McCarthy says he might not quite be finished in the transfer market. City have been dealt a blow ahead of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season, with Taariq Fielies out for a few months after having to have his appendix removed.

While City have brought in the versatile Abbubaker Mobara,  Ivorian centre back Kouadji Kouassia is still on the mend, and with Kwanda Mngonyama having moved to Maritzburg United, McCarthy admits he could do with an experienced centre back.

McCarthy was pleased how Keanu Cupido stepped up during his first season at the club, and while he does have a few options including a youngster like Keith Groeneveld, the former Bafana Bafana star feels that if City are to be real title contenders, they need to have a bit more experience at the back.

McCarthy says a player like their former captain Robyn Johannes, who joined Bidvest Wits last season, would have been ideal in this situation.

City finished in fourth position last season, and the players have all been talking up their league ambitions ahead of this season, and McCarthy is pleased to have such a determined bunch.

Meanwhile, City have confirmed that Ayanda Patosi will spend another season on loan abroad. Patosi, who spent the second half of last season on loan with Esteghlal in Iran, will now be playing in the United Arab Emirates for the Baniyas Club.

City have agreed to loan Patosi to the UAE club, who have an option to purchase him at a later date.

– Report by Rob Delport