Absa Premiership

Citizens explain Obinna departure

2018-02-06 08:08
Victor Obinna (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City owner John Comitis revealed that the club released former Premier League star Victor Obinna after he failed to settle in South Africa without his family.

The ex-West Ham United and Inter Milan forward joined the Citizens at the start of the season with plenty of fanfare. It was no doubt hoped that the 30-year-old Nigerian could deliver goals and match-winning performances for coach Benni McCarthy's side.

However, the player could only muster one goal in 14 appearances and has since been let go by City.

"We parted ways with Obinna," Comitis told KickOff website. "Obinna had a six-months contract plus option to continue and he couldn't get his family here because of paperwork, and we decided that maybe it's best to part ways. 

"We had a one season to it but it was to be reviewed after six months and he didn't settle... his wife couldn't get the visa, and child to come here."

Meanwhile, the former Ajax Cape Town owner also ruled out any links with Bafana Bafana international striker Tokelo Rantie.

He added: "Nothing happened with Rantie, never had him, never did anything. 

"Of course there's interest, which club wasn't interested? No, we didn't manage to communicate with Rantie unfortunately, and I'm not sure of his whereabouts."

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