Cape Town City and coach Eric Tinkler have been on a signing spree in the last few months and Tinkler is hopeful about the signings that his club has made so far ahead of the second round of 2022/23 DStv premiership.
The Citizens have lost some key players due to injuries and also sold Craig Martin to Orlando Pirates. However, Cape Town City have announced the signing of a Colombian striker and a former Kaizer Chiefs centre-back. Both players will be eligible to play official matches for Cape Town City in January 2023.
“We unfortunately lost [Nathan] Fasika to a long term in injury, so we needed to bring in another central defender. We got very fortunate to find the former Chiefs centre back, Lorenzo Gordinho available to bring in immediately. It was a bit of a gift at the end of the day managing to get that deal done,” Tinkler who returned to Cape Town City for a second spell told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
He added: “We also brought in Colombian striker, Juan (Camilo) Zapata. From the videos we watched, we saw someone with not only the ability to create opportunities for others but also a player who has the ability to score goals and from our analysis of our first half of the season that was a biggest area where we had problems.”
“We also brought a couple of other new faces in. Bertrand Mani from Cameroon joined us as a striker and we hope that he will able to get goals for us in the second half of the season,” he said.
Juan Camilo Zapata is the seventh foreign player to join City after Jordan Bender, Nathan Fasika, Kajally Drammeh, Darwin Gonzalez, Brice Ambina and Bertrand Mani who joined the club earlier in November. Zapata, signed four-year deal with Cape Town City while Lorenzo Gordinho signed three-year deal.