Ayanda Patosi reveals desire to play for the Bucs when he returns to SA: ‘I grew up supporting Pirates’


Ayanda Patosi’s focus right now is on making a success of his playing career with Foolad FC in Iran, but he has admitted his desire to turn out for Orlando Pirates when he returns to South Africa.

27-year-old Patosi signed for Foolad on January 10 as part of a series of loan moves from Cape Town City to the Middle East that saw him previously have six-month stints at Esteghlal FC, also in Iran, and FC Baniyas in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

He was, however, prevented from travelling back to Iran for four months earlier this year having returned to Cape Town, as international travel was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Patosi managed to return to Iran via repatriation flights on July 14, where he hopes to conclude negotiations to sign outright for Foolad.

The skilful forward said he still hopes to play for big three teams on his return to South Africa, and preferably Pirates.

“I am still on loan at Foolad from Cape Town City. And we were in negotiations now to make it a permanent deal. Hopefully that will go through‚” said Patosi.

“But I would really love to play for the top three in South Africa. But mostly Pirates‚ because I grew up supporting Pirates.

“So hopefully something will come up when I want to come back home.”

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