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Tinkler – Mayo Said I Don’t Want To Go Anywhere

Cape Town City head coach Eric Tinkler has rubbished speculation that Khanyisa Mayo was looking to force a move away from the club.

Mayo, 24, finished as joint top scorer of the league in 2022/23 season with 12 goals and has attracted interest from Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns in recent months.

There’s been talk of Belgium and the Major League Soccer but no concrete approaches were made to City before he penned a new lucrative five-year contract.

“The club signed a new five-year deal with Mayo, and in fact, Mayo is the one who came and said I don’t want to go anywhere, you know? People are asking me and I’m saying what situation with Mayo? There’s no situation with Mayo,” Tinkler said.

“He told us he’s not going anywhere, he doesn’t want to go anywhere, so I think that’s important to raise that.”

City parted with Mdantsane to Chiefs in a deal this publication reported was around the R3.5-million transfer fee and while Tinkler admits it was a blow to their squad, they needed to allow the player to fulfil his dream of representing the Soweto giants.

“Losing Mdantsane, obviously… tough. Because of the quality he does possess, it’s a big offer to go to Chiefs, a big opportunity for him to go to Chiefs, it’s a club that he loves to have played for, so we wouldn’t stand in his way,” Tinkler explained.

“We allowed him to move but that has always been Cape Town City, we never stand in the way of players bettering their futures so we give them that opportunity, so our expectation as a club is to have a strong competitive squad that we can compete in the PSL.

“We finished second, third, fourth under me, and that needs to continue, we need to build on that, last season we saw ourselves low down on the table and we recovered but what we don’t want is to find ourselves outside the top eight. 

“Can we build by keeping players? Yes it helps and we managed to keep a majority of our players, we only brought in [three] players plus the youngsters Lolo and Kaka. So we haven’t made massive changes, so it’s about building on last season with consistency and continuity.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.