John Comitis have expressed regrets missing out on signing former Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi when he was Chairman of South African club, Ajax Cape Town.
The 33-year-old who is currently a free agent went on to enjoy a fantastic career. He joined Lyn Oslo in Norway and after excelling with the Nigerian U-20 team, Chelsea beat Manchester United for his services.
At 16, Mikel arrived Ajax Cape Town’s Ikamva training grounds for trails and blew everyone away with his skills and confidence for a young lad and the Coach at that time, Gordon Igesund ran to Comitis and demanded he signed the Nigerian.
“During the first training session, Gordon Igesund came to me and said just sign him. I said I’ll try,” Comitis told Far Post.
“He was really special, but they were talking about a R1 million signing-on fee. Had I known what I know today it was cheap at that price, but you never know.”
Igesund recounts the experience, he said: “After about 20 minutes of training I told the players, ‘listen guys, I’ve got to dash somewhere but I’ll be back’. I left my assistant conducting training and I went straight into John’s office and I said, ‘John, sign this player right now, call him now and sign him right away’.
“The boy was in a different league. He was big, strong and he could pass the ball. We tried everything in our power to sign him, but there were a few issues – between Manchester United and another club. I don’t think he had intentions of signing [for Ajax].”