Cape Town - Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy has revealed that Ayanda Patosi's mom has personally given him permission to discipline the play-maker if he misbehaves.
Cape Town City boss John Comitis issued a warning to Patosi during last season to improve his discipline off the pitch or risk his career.
Patosi was left out of the City squad, reportedly after missing training sessions without prior notice. In addition, the 25-year-old has struggled with his weight suggesting all may not be well with his lifestyle.
McCarthy though is determined to squeeze every drop of talent out of the Bafana Bafana international who has undoubted ability. Having scored six goals in 25 appearances on his return to the Absa Premiership including an outstanding effort against Orlando Pirates.
"I spoke to his mum and his mum gave me permission to beat his ass up, so that's my wildcard, because obviously I can't fight and beat other people's kids," McCarthy told KickOff.
"But the mum is the most important person and she's given me direct permission if he misbehaves that I must put him over my lap and use my belt old-school style, and that'll work."
"It's holidays, there's no training, there's no nothing. He's a free man to do what he wants to," McCarthy added.
"But come the 25th of June then he's back in my care and I've got the belt.
"Na, I think Patosi has learnt his lesson. I think you go through certain stages, phases of your life.
"If you want to be the best athlete, put in the best performance that you can, I think it requires some discipline. I think he's been disciplined this season. Whenever he misbehaves he gets a fine.
"It hurts, it hurts and then you grow up and you say 'is it worth it really?' Because you are depriving South Africa from having one of the best players in a number 10 position that we have seen for a long time.
"Do you want to continue to misbehave and let the greater opportunity pass you by? Aay, he'll come right, he'll come right."