Cape Town - Cape Town City midfielder Ayanda Patosi has thanked his former side after becoming the first South African to ply his trade in Iran.
The midfielder is currently on loan to Iranian giants Esteghlal. The Tehran club has two Asian championship titles and eight national titles to their name. City - who failed to give Patosi decent game time - stand to make a good amount of money should he transfer permanently.
Patosi took to Instagram to thank his former team and fans.
"My journey with Cape Town City has been a roller coaster‚ to say the least," he wrote.
"I was welcomed with warm hands and it was a joy to be part of such an awesome team. I’d like to thank my boss‚ Mr John (Comitis)‚ for not giving up on me. He always believed in me and was one of my biggest supporters.
“I was also blessed to have had the team-mates I had‚ we had lots of great memorable times together and had to put our differences aside for the team‚ we wouldn’t be where we are without each other.
"And to the technical team‚ I’d like to give thanks for all my great shots and making sure every single thing on the field was captured‚ it’s always great to have memories captured so we can relive the moment later.
"Lastly to the most important people of the team‚ Thank you Blue Army fans‚ I really enjoyed playing in front of you guys played a major role in my growth as a player."
Patosi though failed to make mention of head coach Benni McCarthy after the two had a reported tense relationship relating to the player's off-field issues.