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Mpho Matsi grateful to John Comitis for new Cape Town City contract

18:59 WAT 13/09/2018
Mpho Matsi of Cape Town City
The Citizens midfielder reveals that their focus is firmly on the clash with Amakhosi

Cape Town City midfielder Mpho Matsi says they will treat their next Premier Soccer League (PSL) match against Kaizer Chiefs as a cup final on Saturday because they are also desperate for points.

The former University of Pretoria midfielder was handed a new four-year deal this week by the Citizens and he has subsequently thanked his chairman John Comitis whom he says has showed belief in him as a midfielder.

“I am happy at City, look when we first came here we thought we would just establish a team and move on, but we got here and we were welcomed,” Matsi told Goal.

“We are now part of the Cape Town community even though it was different from home, but the supporters made it feel like home,” he reacted.

“For me the core of the team made it easy to settle down here so it was not really difficult due to the relationship we had as players from Aces (Mpumalanga Black Aces) ,” he revealed.

“I am happy and grateful to the chairman because I think loyalty says a lot, but in football it's not always like that because of politics which is true,” he added.

“But when the chairman offered me a new contract, I could not hesitate to take it because he told me he wants me in the team and that says a lot about him as a person,” Matsi said.

“I know the club loves me, the chairman loves me as well as the fans. Everywhere we go in Cape Town they notice us and we have the best supporters in the PSL – so I am happy here and looking forward to a fruitful stay with the club and more hard work,” continued the midfielder.

Speaking about their crucial encounter against Amakhosi who are yet to bag their first three points this season, the Mamelodi-born midfielder says they expect a tough outing at the Cape Town Stadium.

Coach Benni McCarthy's men are still on cloud nine after reaching their second MTN8 final in two seasons, but the lanky midfielder says they must forget about the showpiece event and focus on the game at hand.

“I think it's a big game for us because we are in the final and immediately after qualifying for the final, our mindset had to change. We have to focus on the league now so we are going to this one as if it's a final,” he declared.

“We are also desperate for points just like Chiefs and we are not used to the position (seventh on the log) we find ourselves in on the on the log. Since I arrived here, we have never been there,” he added.

“We have the confidence because we are in the final, but we must now take that into the league. We have to win the match on Saturday and regain our confidence in the league,” concluded the 28-year-old.