Cape Town City chairman John Comitis. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

And while there were rumours abound that the signing would be Mamelodi Sundowns’ Zimbabwean superstar Khama Billiat, it turned out that it was not to be a player at all.

Sports betting company SportPesa, instead, were named as the first ever shirt sponsor of Cape Town City. 

The Citizens played their entire first season in the PSL without a brand on the front of their jerseys, but chairman John Comitis had promised in recent weeks that he was working hard on securing a sponsor.

Now the four-year deal has come to fruition, with SportPesa also the sponsors of English Premier League clubs Everton and Hull.