Dieting Patosi Scores As Cape Town Sink Orlando Pirates
Johannesburg, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 15th Mar, 2018 ) :Ayanda Patosi reaped the reward of a diet by rifling the goal that gave Cape Town City a 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates Wednesday in a South African FA Cup last-16 tie.
The attacker, who joined the Cape club last June after six seasons with Belgian outfit Lokeren, has regularly come under fire for being overweight. City chairman John Comitis last December ordered Patosi to shed at least six kilograms and put him on a diet, which the player had to fund.
"South African football is not for the faint-hearted," Comitis said. "It is very competitive and very fast. It takes players five or six months to adjust after coming from Europe." Patosi struck after 54 minutes of a thriller played in foggy conditions before a sell-out 30,000 crowd at Cape Town Stadium.
When a low cross arrived in the middle of the box, the former South African international reacted quickest to slam the ball past goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane. Zambian Justin Shonga hit the woodwork for Pirates early on and the Soweto club laid siege to the Cape Town goalmouth in the closing stages without success.
It was an emotional night for City coach Benni McCarthy, a 2004 UEFA Champions League winner with Porto who played for Pirates before retiring. "This victory is an incredible morale boost for us," he said of a team that reached the final of an early-season knockout competition only to lose on penalties.
"We had only one real chance and took it. That is what cup football is all about. Pirates are a fantastic, well-coached side and it is great to beat them." Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic likened the tie to a "chess game decided by a moment of brilliance that, unfortunately, did not come from us".
"It was the final before the final and a momentary lapse in concentration cost us dearly," said the Serb who quit as Uganda coach last year over unpaid salaries. Cape Town join Baroka, Bloemfontein Celtic, Free State stars, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Maritzburg United and second division Ubuntu Cape Town in the quarter-finals. The draw is scheduled for Cape Town Thursday.