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Why City Were 'Shocked' With Lakay Deal

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler has opened up about losing striker Fagrie Lakay towards the end of the January transfer window.

Lakay signed a lucrative deal with Egyptian topflight club Pyramids, becoming the latest South African player to play football in the north African country after Phakamani Mahlambi and Percy Tau. 

Lakay was one of Tinkler's regulars in the Citizens starting line-up and now the coach has admitted that he does not have a replacement in the team for the 24-year-old.

"Massive loss. You've got to understand that the Fagrie deal came very late and unexpected, but the offer that was made was a very massive offer. We threw figures at them that we thought that they would turn down. We were shocked when they accepted those figures," Tinkler

"And obviously the player himself, in terms of bettering his contract and the money he is going to earn is something we could never match as a club. It's obviously a loss, but for him it's an opportunity. I think he is financially set up for the next three or four years of his life. We are happy for Fagrie and that's one thing about Cape Town City - we never stand in the way of the future of our players. Fagrie was our top goal scorer and we have not managed to replace him as a striker."

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