Cape Town City sign Czech based defender Rode

Rode's moved to Cape Town's new club

Rode’s moved to Cape Town’s new club

Cape Town City FC have signed Latvia international defender Renars Rode on a one-year deal, the club announced on Thursday.

The 27-year-old joins from Czech First League club SK Sigma Olomouc and is a product of the for the Skonto Riga academy in his homeland.

His contract includes a an option of a further 12 month renewal.

Club owner, John Comitis explained that they are very excited that the pieces of the puzzle are coming together.

“I believe this proves that Cape Town City are sending out strong signals that we are here and we mean business,” he said. “Signing a Latvian international is another way we are balancing out the team with different styles of football.

“We have the home Diski players as it was from Mpumalanga Black Aces, then we’ve now added some youth from Cape Town and we mixing it with the Europeans’ experience.”

The new arrival has won four caps for Latvia having made his debut in 2013, and won the Virsliga in 2010 and 2014 in his homeland for Skonto and FK Ventspils.

Rode joins Austria midfielder Roland Putsche and former Orlando Pirates defender Tshepo Gumede as City’s third signing in the space of a week.