Cape Town City have wasted no time in tying down two of their most influential defenders.
On Wednesday, the Citizens confirmed that Taariq Fielies had agreed to a new deal and the club have now revealed that Mozambique international Edmilson Dove has followed suit.
The duo were highly instrumental in coach Benni McCarthy’s first season in charge, and they will likely continue with their exploits for the long-term.
The Citizens most recently lost captain Robyn Johannes, who joined Bidvest Wits at the beginning of the season after signing a pre-contract, and they will hope that tying down the duo will avoid them losing some of their biggest names.
Meanwhile, Fielies, who signed for City at the beginning of last season will have an important role to play following Johannes’ departure, and he had subsequently penned a five-year contract extension, which would keep him at the club beyond 2023.
📝CTCFC defender Taariq Fielies has committed his long term future to the club, signing a new 5year deal extending beyond 2023 👏💙⚽️#iamCityFC#Fielies2023 pic.twitter.com/AaUhvY1GxC — Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) August 15, 2018
On the other end, Dove has committed to a new four-year-deal, and with reports of PSL sides monitoring the player, his latest move is likely to leave potential suitors disappointed.
The 24-year-old Mozambican has been a stalwart of the City team and his retention will come as a major boost considering some of the big names that have left the club in the last 12 months.
📝CTCFC is delighted to announce that Edmilson Dove has signed a new 4year deal, extending beyond 2022! 👏💙⚽️#iamCityFC#Edmilson2022 🇲🇿 pic.twitter.com/xLPt5XF2KR — Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) August 16, 2018
Nonetheless, the duo will be hoping to be in action and ensure that City bounce back in league on Saturday against Golden Arrows following defeat to Baroka in their last league outing.
Dove though, missed City’s last two games through injury and McCarthy will be crossing fingers, hoping to have the full-back back ahead of the clash at Cape Town Stadium.