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Comitis – He Can Play For Barca

Cape Town City chairman John Comitis has waxed lyrical over the quality of young Emile Witbooi, saying he has the potential to play for a club like FC Barcelona.

Witbooi, who is the son of Cape Town Spurs winger Surprise Ralani, has been one of the most talked-about youngsters in the country since making his breakthrough at School Of Excellence and junior national team.

The 15-year-old earned his first national team call-up early last year when he went to represent South Africa’s U15 in the UEFA U16 International Development Tournament in Poland.

The exciting youngster has previously been linked with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United as well as DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns and while Sundowns made a lucrative offer, City had won the race for his services.

Comitis has now expressed his excitement over the potential of Witbooi, saying he hasn’t been as confident about a young talent for a long time.

“It’s not often that I get excited about a young player,” he told Thabiso Mosia on Radio 2000.

“I did so with Thulani Serero, I did so before that with Steven Pienaar, and I’m doing it again with this kid.

“I can’t believe what I’m seeing when I’m watching him playing in the Diski.

“We’re quite excited about that but there’s still a long journey to go.”

Comitis also admitted that City are trying to open a pathway into Europe as soon as possible for the young teenage sensation, who is currently running out for the club’s DStv Diski Challenge team.

“I think the sooner we can get this kid to a European club so that they can assess him the better,” he added.

“He’s got to go to a club like Barcelona to be honest. That’s the level at which I think he can perform in the years to come.

“If at 15 he’s doing what he’s doing now, I think they’re gonna get really excited to see him.

“We’re trying to open the channels, even if it’s just two to three weeks on a camp, just for him to understand where he’s really at.

“We owe it to him, even if he never really kicks a ball in South Africa.”

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