The rebirth of Patosi bodes well for Cape Town City

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Ayanda Patosi has been a stand-out performer for Cape Town City this season and will take that excellent form into Saturday’s MTN8 final against SuperSport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

City lost to SuperSport in the final of the same competition last season, but in a campaign where Patosi has targeted two pieces of silverware for the club, revenge is very much on their minds.

Patosi has been something of an enigma in South African football since he matured from the ASD Academy in Cape Town to win a contract as a teenager with Belgian side Lokeren.

He made an immediate impact and was heralded as a great talent for the future, but was later criticised for a lack of off-field dedication to the life of a professional footballer.7

It scuppered moves to bigger clubs in bigger leagues, with Patosi eventually moving back to South Africa at the start of last season to try to reignite his career.

Even that has proven a long road, but this campaign he has been back to his best, as evidenced by his two fantastic goals in last week’s 2-2 draw with Orlando Pirates, where City came from two goals down away from home to snatch a point.

The first goal saw him chest down a high ball on the edge of the box and volley home, while the second was from a free-kick that had enough zip and pace to beat Siyabonga Mpontshane in the Pirates goal.

Add to that Patosi’s expert delivery from set-pieces, surely the best in the Premier Soccer League, and he is starting to look like the complete package again.

“It gave me some confidence [to score twice] to go to the final, and for the players to come from two goals down was a great achievement,” Patosi told KweséESPN.

“It gives us confidence, builds the spirit and helps the atmosphere in the dressing room. It is a big difference from when we lost 4-1 to Kaizer Chiefs [earlier in September], at least we now feel ready for the final.”