Dutch coach Jan Olde Riekerink is convinced that forwards Fagrie Lakay and Tashreeq Morris have the talent and unique qualities to seamlessly step into the lead role of Cape Town City’s attack following the departure of Kermit Erasmus.
Lakay is not Erasmus, but he does have the striker’s traits and qualities of the latter. His display in the Premiership bio-bubble last season suggested that he also shares Erasmus’s ability to step in and make it look easy.
Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns signed Bafana Bafana striker Erasmus on a three-year deal after an impressive 2019/20 campaign with the Citizens, netting 14 goals with two assists in 27 matches.
Speaking ahead of CT City’s MTN8 quarterfinal encounter against Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night, head coach Riekerink said they have enough firepower upfront and is counting on Lakay and Morris.
“With these players (Lakay and Morris), we can compensate the position of Kermit. Kermit was exceptional in scoring the goals and they have other qualities as well,” said the CT City coach Riekerink.
“When I arrived (at CT City) Fagrie played as a winger. I told him there was a player in Holland like Memphis Depay, he used to play as a winger in Holland but in France, he plays as a striker. It’s the same with Fagrie. You can compare the way they play because Fagrie is always moving and looking for the ball behind the defence.
“It means the players can play the ball behind the defence with Fagrie. Sometimes he drops and allows players to fill the gaps that he left. If we play with a No 10, then he can move into the striker position. He also has a fantastic shot.
The 23-year-old Lakay, who remains the youngest player to represent Bafana at 17 years, 11 months, 25 days recently opted to pen a four-year deal with the Cape Town-based outfit while Morris, 26, signed a two-year extension.
“Tashreeq will be more like a target man. He has good technical ability, he holds the ball up and then it will be very important that there are players around Tashreeq that supports him to receive the ball. Tashreeq will also be very good with the crosses in from the side,” added Riekerink.
The 53-year-old coach went on to say that his troops are ready for Pirates. “We are prepared. We have a little bit of small history playing in this cup.
“In 2018 we won it, and the year before we reached the final. Pirates are now a different team. They have also had some transfers. But we have the confidence, but more from who we are and let’s hope we can express it in the next game,” concluded the Dutch tactician.
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