Coach Benni doesn’t take shit from anyone
Ayanda Patosi recently made a move to the Persian Gulf Pro League where he joined Esteghal FC, its a move that took the football fraternity by surprise, Patosi has been an integral member of Cape Town City Football Club ever since joining them in 2017/2018 season. The former Citizen had never played in any professional league in South Africa. He joined Lokeren as a youngster in 2011 together with Ebrahim Seedat (who was his teammate at Cape Town City FC) after being groomed at Africa Sports Development Academy.
The Khayelitsha midfielder spent seven seasons with the Belgian outfit, where he appeared one hundred and seventy-seven times and scored twenty-four times. After having some issues with the club the 26-year old changed the gold and black of Lokeren for newly formed Cape Town City Football Club. He was one of Coach Benni Mccarthy’s marquee signings. Prior to his move to Iran, Patosi had contributed five goals from twenty appearances in all competitions in the current season 2018/19.
“You know my man when my agent called me to say I have a club for you in Iran. I laughed at first and I said to him “bro you want to take me now Iran are you serious?” Then he said go check this club on the internet, I checked and I saw how ambitious the club is and the love they get from the fans and how amazing the club is, and is said to myself who wouldn’t want to play in front of 120 000 fans, that’s motivation. So I told my agent make it happen I wanna come and be part of this club and create my own legacy”.
Esteghal Football Club is currently on position five in a league that consists of sixteen teams, they are based in the capital city Tehran and have been in existence since 1945. The Asian Blue Giants are currently coached by German mentor Winfred Schafer who was once the coach of the Indomitable Lions in 2004.
“So far I like it here but the driving is crazy yhoo, people drive like crazy hahaha, even Amaphela ase Nyanga akathathi nto apha (the driving here is worse than the township guys from Nyanga). it’s a bit funny they say they have fewer accidents on the road here but Hayi yoyikisa driving yabo (The driving here is scary). Anyway, I’m focused on what I came to do here and to do it well”.
The Bafana Midfielder made his first appearance for the Citizens in the MTN 8 Cup against competition against Polokwane City coming on as a sub for Sibusiso Masina, they went on to lose on penalties against SuperSport United in the MTN 8 Cup final. It did not take “Deco” much time to settle in the Premier Soccer League as he scored his first goal against Platinum Stars in a League encounter. He went on to make forty-five appearances for the citizens under former UEFA Champions league winner Benni Mccarthy and notching eleven goals and one trophy (MTN8 2018) to his name.
“I have learned a lot from Coach Benni, I think I can say he is one of the coaches that changed my life on and off the field, you know Coach Benni doesn’t take shit from anyone. If you don’t work hard you can easily find yourself out of the team. Time management is vital to him, if you find yourself one minute late, eish you have will be in trouble with him. He taught me a lot from on the field and off the field and for that I am grateful, not only him but I enjoyed working with all the coaches at Cape Town City, coach Reyaan and coach Vasili they helped me grow to the player I am today, they kept motivating me and pushing me to do my best. If I had any issues I would go to them and speak and that has helped me grow as a person and as a player. I had a great time with the team, I played in two cup finals and I won one. It’s not a bad achievement”.
Patosi joined Esteghal FC on the last day of the transfer window, his last outing for Cape Town City he was an unused substitute against Kaizer Chiefs where they did a smash and grab beating Amakhosi 1-0 after a blunder from Virgil Vries. He is currently on loan with the Asian Blue Giants but with an option to make it permanent. He is in contention of making his debut this coming Thursday as his side will be hoping to make it six games unbeaten as they face Paykan FC who are in position twelve away from home.
“It’s a loan with buy out clause, if I impress in these few months it will be a permanent move. I hope I get to stay away from home for a while now. I enjoyed my stay back at home and that was a new challenge and as a footballer but I’m someone who likes to travel and try to find new challenges in different countries. At home, I was getting too comfortable for me. The aim is to do well in Asian champions league and try to win the league.that’s what’s on my mind for now”.