Cape Town City confirm capture of Bafana left-winger Gift Links in 'club record fee'

Gift Neo Links of Bafana Bafana dribbles away from Wangu Gome of Namibia during the Cosafa Cup plate semifinals match between Namibia and South Africa at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on June 5 2018.
Gift Neo Links of Bafana Bafana dribbles away from Wangu Gome of Namibia during the Cosafa Cup plate semifinals match between Namibia and South Africa at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on June 5 2018.
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Cape Town City have confirmed the capture of Bafana Bafana left-winger Gift Links in what the team describes as a “club record fee” for the 19-year-old.

SowetanLIVE previously reported that Links was on his way out of Egyptian side Pyramids FC after that club underwent a major overhaul following its sale to Saudi Arabian billionaire Turki Al al-Sheikh.

“Cape Town City is delighted to announce the acquisition of 19-year-old South African international‚ Gift Links! The attacking midfielder signs a five-year-deal‚ joining City for a club record fee from Egyptian Premier League outfit Pyramids FC‚” City confirmed on Thursday morning.

Links adds to the considerable left-sided options of coach Benni McCarthy thanks includes Surprise Ralani‚ Ayanda Patosi and Lyle Lakay.

The teenager made his debut for Bafana in the recent COSAFA Cup in Polokwane‚ impressing in the wins over Namibia (4-1) and Botswana (3-0).

That was after an excellent six months in Egypt with Pyramids‚ who were then known as Al Assiouty before their rebranding‚ which followed a surprise move from Platinum Stars in January 2018.

He made 11 appearances in the second half of the campaign and drew interest from other clubs in Egypt‚ before deciding to return to South Africa.

Links made his PSL debut in February 2017 for Stars against Baroka FC but had made just eight appearances in the South African league.

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