Absa Premiership

CT City on the lookout for a striker, but ...

2020-01-16 18:14
Jan Olde Riekerink
Jan Olde Riekerink (Gallo Images)

Hartleyvale - Cape Town City FC's Dutch coach Jan Olde Riekerink says he hopes to land a striker in the current January transfer window.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams have until Friday, January 31 to bolster their squads before the transfer window closes.

Riekerink says that despite being content with his current crop of players, he is aware that improving his squad would only boost City's chances of climbing out of the bottom half of the log.

City (17 points) are currently ranked 13th - a single point above the dreaded relegation zone - after 3 wins, 8 draws and 7 defeats this campaign.

Riekerink says he discusses on a daily basis with club owner John Comitis about improving the squad.

"There will always be opportunities (in the transfer window)," Riekerink said as he addressed the media at the club's training base at Hartleyvale on Wednesday.

"All the clubs (are) looking for opportunities. You see a lot of teams now bringing in players, but they have to be better than our players we have to fit in the spots that we are looking for.

"The next question is what are we looking for? We are looking for a striker but again we also have a lot of players at this moment who can play in the two-striker system.

"So, it's not about putting a striker in then the problem is solved because we also have good players.

"It's not easy to find (good strikers) but the only thing I can say is that we have enough quality."

In the meantime, City have made their first signing of the transfer window following the acquisition of midfielder Mduduzi Mdantsane after the player was given his clearance from Baroka FC.

"It's nice to be here. I'm very happy and the guys have welcomed me. The technical team is happy to have me around," said Mdantsane.

"I'm so hopeful that my football will change a bit because I'll be playing among these guys who've been here for long - international players - so it has been great."

The 25-year-old is aware that competition for places in the starting XI will be tough, but is prepared to work hard to ensure he gets game time.

"It's a great achievement for me and hopefully I'll gel well with the team and help to win trophies. For me, I just want to win and I believe the team wants to win too.

"Players here are so nice - they always encourage me - for me, I just have to work hard and make sure I stay in the team, even if I'm not playing, I will support the team."

City are back in action on Saturday against title hopefuls Bidvest Wits at the Cape Town Stadium.

Kick-off is at 18:00.

 

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