But, when John Comitis established City in June this year, after purchasing the PSL franchise of Mpumalanga Black Aces and relocating the squad to Cape Town, he had only one Capetonian - goalkeeper Shu-aib Walters. The long-term vision is, of course, to increase this as the club builds its brand and makes its way in the PSL. For the short-term, though, Comitis and coach Eric Tinkler had to work quickly to add some Cape flavour to the squad that had come down from Mpumalanga. So in came Capetonians Samora Motloung, Robyn Johannes, Duncan Adonis, Ebrahim Seedat, Shaquille Abrahams and Never Ngcuka.
Left-back Seedat has certainly impressed since being given an opportunity.
On Saturday, City are in Port Elizabeth to take on Chippa United (kick-off 3.30pm), with the 23-year-old from Athlone looking to continue his fine start to the season.
After a junior career which included stints with Avendale Athletico and the African Soccer Development (ASD) Academy, Seedat landed a dream overseas move to Belgian club Lokeren in 2011. Things didn't go according to plan and, the following year, he was back in South Africa. He signed for Wits, but his desire to cut it in Europe later saw him sign for Degerfors in Sweden in 2014.
“After Sweden, I returned home for personal reasons,” said Seedat as he takes up the story of how he eventually landed up at City. “After a spell at Milano United in the First Division, I was interested in playing in the PSL again, which every local footballer aspires to. I was prepared to move back to Johannesburg to further my career because I had a few clubs interested. But I saw a great opportunity to play for City when I found out they will be based in Cape Town. After making a good impression while on trial, they offered me a contract.”
Seedat has quickly made an impact at the club. In the first-ever derby between City and neighbours Ajax Cape Town (won 2-1 by City), Seedat was named Man of the Match for a fantastic performance at left-back, which intelligently combined solid defence and enterprising attack.
The new Cape club has also continued to astound with the manner in which they have performed against the bigger clubs in the PSL. They are currently in fifth position on the PSL standings, made it to the semi-finals of the MTN (where they were beaten by eventual winners Wits) and are now in the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout (where they will face Free State Stars on November 27).
“I think the team has done so well in the debut season because making a good team requires more than just good skill and fitness, it requires that each player performs for the whole team’s sake and not for their own glory,” said Seedat. “And, with the guidance of our experienced coach (Tinkler), we have managed to do just that. We’ve been keeping it consistent as a team so far.
“I also think the fact that we have great line of communication among the players, on and off the field, is key and it helps us a lot during the games. We are able to support one other during a win or a loss. Overall, the spirit of Cape Town City has been great since the beginning, and we will continue to do so in order to keep moving forward.”
In Chippa, though, City face a daunting prospect on Saturday. While the Port Elizabeth side has hit a bit of a wobble in recent weeks (winless in their last five), their early season form was brilliant. Under coach Dan Malesela, they’ve played some entertaining, attractive football. But, in any sport, results count, and Chippa will want to quickly get back to winning ways.
Original source: The secret behind City’s early success