Ayanda Patosi scored his third goal of the season earlier this week and is convinced his fifth placed Iran club Foolad has what it takes to challenge for honours.
Patosi has had seven starts in the Persian Gulf Pro League this season, scoring thrice and providing two assists.
On Monday, he scored Foolad’s solitary goal just five minutes into the game as they bounced back to winning ways against Machine Sazi. Their previous match had ended in a 1-2 loss to Perspolis.
“It was my third goal, and I’ve also made two assists,” he told FARPost in a telephonic interview.
One of his three goals was a well-struck free kick that helped FC Foolad defeat FC Nassaji Mazandaran 1-0 in December.
“I’m trying my best. The team I’m playing for was in eighth place. After the win, we moved to position five.
“If we can win the next two games we could actually leap to second place. So I’m happy with the way things are looking,” he added.
Foolad, who have amassed 18 points, are just four points behind log leaders Esteghlal FC after 12 rounds in the 16-team championship.
On Saturday, they play Paykan, who are in seventh place, just two points behind them.
The 28-year-old will be hoping for a win that could take them to third place depending on how third-placed Sanat Naft and fourth-placed Tractor Sazi play.
Patosi had a successful spell with eight-time Iranian champions Esteghlal in the second round of the 2018/19 season.
The ASD Cape Town academy product netted four goals and registered four assists in 13 Persian Gulf League matches.
He joined Foolad in January 2020 initially on a six-month loan from Cape Town City. The Iranian outfit then signed him permanently on a two-year deal.
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By Mthokozisi Dube