Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy
believes Ayanda Patosi is one of the most talented players in South
Africa, though he needs to reach peak condition.
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Patosi made his first appearance of the season in the 1-0 victory
over Maritzburg United in the MTN8 quarter-finals which took place at
the Harry Gwala Stadium last weekend.
The 25-year-old, who contributed six goals and five assists in
2017/18 despite weight and discipline problems, displayed his talent
over 74 minutes in Pietermaritzburg.
As such, McCarthy takes the view that his best is yet to come if he can reach full fitness.
Speaking to Kickoff, he said: "Listen, he [Patosi] hasn't played the first two games and on Sunday he made himself stand out.
"We wanted him playing between the lines in the first half and
getting into those little pockets of space. He made us play, so that was
"It's going to take time. It's a process and you don't lose weight
overnight you know. So I think he has done amazing and is a player that
the team needs very, very much. And ja, he's a work in progress like I
"We are working hard with the fitness department, the physical guys and
the fitness coaches. They're working hard to get Pato to get to his best
because in my opinion he's probably the best player we have in South
Africa in terms of quality."