Cape Town City head coach Eric Tinkler has explained why his club has opted for continuity as far as their squad is concerned for the new season. 

The 2022/2023 DStv Premiership campaign gets underway with The Citizens hosting defending championship Mamelodi Sundowns at Cape Town Stadium this evening.

City, who will be going to the CAF Champions League for the first time this season, have retained the bulk of their squad from last season while adding six signings, including former captain Lebogang Manyama, who was released by Kaizer Chiefs in June.

“We didn’t [sign much] because we obviously did a lot in December already – we brought in seven new faces, and I felt continuity was extremely important,” said Tinkler.

“We brought in two other players so far, which is Kajally [Drammeh] and Jordan Bender, although Kajally was with us already in December.

“We’ve then got Manyama who’s still going through his rehabilitation, and that [signing] will be assessed once he’s fully fit. He’s got at least another two weeks in terms of rehab, before he can even consider any friendly match. So, he’ll be going through that with [physiotherapist] Andrew Coppin.

“The good thing is, it’s a fairly similar injury to what Terrence Mashego has and at least the two of them can work together in order to get themselves back [and] playing.”

By Velile Mnyandu

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