The Star Early Edition

Comi­tis is com­mit­ted to Benni

- MINENHLE MKHIZE

CAPE TOWN CITY chair­man John Comi­tis has con­firmed that his team were in­ter­ested in lur­ing the ser­vices of Bafana Bafana mid­fielder Mandla Masango.

The former Kaizer Chiefs mid­fielder is cur­rently on the books of Ran­ders FC in Den­mark.

Last sea­son he was on loan at Su­perS­port United.

“We spoke to Mandla. The prob­lem is that he is com­mit­ted. The trans­fer fee that his club are ask­ing is be­yond our reach. Right now we can’t talk to Mandla since it is out­side the trans­fer win­dow, which means we can only talk to his club,” Comi­tis ex­plained.

City has also been linked with Mamelodi Sun­downs for­ward Khama Bil­liat. The Zim­bab­wean in­ter­na­tion­ally is yet to re­new his con­tract with the 2016 African Cham­pi­ons.

His cur­rent con­tract will ex­pire in June next year.

How­ever, Comi­tis has quashed the ru­mours.

“I’m sure ev­ery­one would be in­ter­ested in a player like Khama Bil­liat, but right now he is not in our sights. He is not in my plans at the mo­ment,” Comi­tis elab­o­rated.

City have been strug­gling in the past few matches af­ter com­menc­ing the sea­son like a house on fire.They were on a five-match win­less streak be­fore they notched up a vic­tory against Free State Stars last week.

Benni McCarthy, a Bafana leg­end in his first job as a coach, was clearly un­der pres­sure to pro­duce re­sults.

“I have no rea­son to panic. Why should I panic? I’m num­ber three on the log. I knew that this was go­ing to come. Our prob­lems are fix­able. We be­lieve in Benni and he has our full back­ing.

“Our prob­lem is that we are not scor­ing goals but it will even­tu­ally come right,” Comi­tis said.

City lost their top marks­man Le­bo­gang Manyama, who net­ted 14 goals for the club last sea­son, when he joined Turk­ish out­fit Kanys­por in Septem­ber.

“We do have good play­ers in our team but they haven’t reached the lev­els of Manyama. Yes, the chal­lengers are there. A player like Teko Modise is start­ing to show his qual­ity. He is top foot­baller,” Comi­tis said.

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