Four months ago Ayanda Patosi’s move to Iranian side Foolad on loan from Cape Town City raised some eyebrows.
One report stated that Patosi had moved into a “war zone” and probably because Iran has reportedly been on a brink of war with the United States. In June 2019, tensions spiked following attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that the United States blamed on Iran.
But for those who follow the game of football closely, Patosi’s switch from the United Arab Emirates, where he was turning out for Baniyas FC, wasn’t surprising.
After all, the 27-year-old had previously played for Iranian club Esteghlal FC for six months from January 2019, also on loan from Cape Town City.
City boss John Comitis explained at the time that Patosi’s move was good “financially” for the Khayelitsha-born star.
More than anything, Patosi is enjoying his football in the Middle East’s second largest country and has no intention to come back home.
In an exclusive interview with FARPost, Patosi explained: “Yeah my man I’m enjoying my football (in Iran), I’m telling you. Now I’m in the team and I’ve been doing good with this team. I’m happy, also.”
He’s currently back home after the Coronavirus outbreak halted football around the world, but Patosi, seemingly, is relishing the challenge to return to Iran, where he has scored 1 goal in 9 appearances. The loan deal, however, will run until the end of this season, but Patosi’s wish is that Foolad buys him out of his contract with the Mother City club.
“Hopefully, they (Foolad) will come up with an offer to buy me out from Cape Town City, but we will see after the (nation) lockdown… I want to stay outside. I love South African football, but I’d rather play outside for now,” added Patosi, who was with Belgian side, Lokeren, from 2011 until 2017, when he returned to SA and joined Cape Town City.
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By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa