City bolster defence with Greek defender

City bolster defence with Greek defender
Giannis Potouridis (credit Cape Town City)

by Staff Reporter

Monday Oct 28, 2019. 10:00

Struggling Cape Town City have added former Greece junior international defender Giannis Potouridis to their squad, the club have confirmed on Monday.

The 27-year-old is a free agent having left Greek side OFI Crete at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, and so can be registered immediately pending his work permit.

“Cape Town City is delighted to announce the signing of Greek defender Giannis Potouridis. The left footed, 27-year-old is highly experienced and joins the Citizens to strengthen the defensive ranks,” a statement from the club said.

City have the worst defensive record in the Absa Premiership this season with 15 goals conceded and have won only one of their nine matches, a horrific start to the campaign for a side expected to challenge for the title.

Much of their problems have stemmed from a flakey defence and after coach Benni McCarthy missed out on number one target Robyn Johannes, whose return to the club was vetoed by owner John Comitis, he has been able to bring in another player of some pedigree.

Potouridis made 43 appearances in junior international football, but never for the senior side

He began his career with top Greek side Olympiakos and featured in the UEFA Champions League for them in the 2011/12 campaign, winning back-to-back Greek League titles.

But he was never a regular and later joined Platanias, Panthrakikos and Larissa, having also had a spell with Italian Serie B side Novara and Polish second-tier side Miedź Legnica.

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