City to announce European defender


Cape Town City boss John Comitis has exclusively told that the club will be making a new defensive acquisition in the coming week.

The Citizens have already conceded 15 League goals so far this season after just 9 Absa Premiership games, and that is almost half of the 35 League goals they conceded in 30 games last season.

With injuries to key defenders like Tariq Fielies, who has since returned to action and Kouassi Kouadja and Abbubaker Mobara, that has added more pressure to the club’s defensive line which at times saw left back Edmilson Dove being slotted in at centre back.

Left back Edmilson has had to contend with playing at centre back.

“Subsequently, we now had to re-assess our centre back and defensive positions, and we have. We’ve made another acquisition that will be announced in this coming week from Europe, an experienced centre back so we are on it,” said Comitis.

City, meanwhile, were heavily linked with the re-signing of former club captain Robyn Johannes during the transfer period, but the club decided against signing the veteran defender, and Comitis has since explained why the club decided against the signing.

“We have a weekly meeting here with (coach) Benni (McCarthy) – we discuss players, watch the video footage of the players and we look at the statistics,” he said.

“Sometimes we watch a player for 3 or 4 weeks before we make a decision. The fact that Benni wanted us to get Robyn Johannes, yes that was a fact, but there were other factors in the mix that didn’t make it possible for us to sign Johannes, and that’s also financial issues.

“Also the length of contract which we had to consider, considering the age of the player (Johannes is now 33).

Comitis is convinced that the club didn’t make a bad decision by not re-signing the centre back.

“He’s now at Stellenbosch and playing as central midfielder, perhaps we didn’t make a mistake,” added Comitis.

By Shane Matsoyane

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