By Nikolaos Kirkinis / Sports / 19th October 2016
I’ve had a lot of people ask me what the low-down is on the new PSL team in town – Cape Town City, so here is everything you need to know.
Firstly, people may be wondering how a team suddenly appears in the top division of South African football when it did not even exist a couple months ago? Well, the thing is, in South Africa, unlike other countries, you can buy any team in the league so long as you have the money to do so.
If you have enough money and you buy this club then the only thing you inherent is the status of that club, you can change everything else about it. So, technically, if I had enough money I could buy Kaizer Chiefs and rename it “Tits McGee FC” and no one would be able to stop me.
So that’s kind of what happened here. A wealthy Cape Town businessman named John Comitis (we’ll get back to him shortly) bought a team called Mpumalanga Black Aces, changed the name, changed the kit, changed the logo, fired half the players, kept the other half and moved them down to Cape Town.
So here we stand, with a new team down south called Cape Town City, and because the team they bought (Mpumalanga Black Aces) was a PSL team (a pretty good one too, they finished fifth last season), CTC automatically becomes a PSL team despite never having qualified for it by being promoted through the lower leagues.
Let’s talk about the owner – John Comitis, a Greek South African with a long history in the sport. He was formerly a co-chairman of Ajax Cape Town, and this is where the story of CTC gets a Hollywood like flavour. It is reported that some bad blood had developed between John and the other owners of Ajax. So it is no surprise that this new team popped up in Cape Town and declared itself the arch-rival of Ajax – the bad blood has boiled over to the football team.
Mr. Comitis is not messing around either. He wants this team to stay and he wants it to be well-supported. He has put in a lot of money and has even bought in players from overseas including guys from Austria and Australia. He also managed to get his hands on a former Bafana Bafana star striker Lehlohonolo Majoro. On top of that he has former Pirates coach and 1996 Bafana Bafana legend Eric Tinkler as the manager.
The club is also said to be in talks with Manchester City to become a satellite club in the City Group, much like Ajax Cape Town is a satellite club of Ajax Amsterdam or Chippa United is a satellite club of Athletico Madrid (I bet you didn’t know that).
He has set off on a very impressive marketing campaign too. The club is very active on social media and its kit is seen as fashionable by younger generations, they have also cleverly crafted some trendy flat caps which can be seen bopping around events such as First Thursdays or Rocking The Daisies.
CTC have come in and really rocked the boat. Before the first ever Cape Town derby they tweeted “100 years ago we reclaimed The Cape from the The Dutch, its time to do it again.” And they did, they won the first derby 1-0 against Ajax, and it was a great vibe to be in the stadium at the time.
It seems this team is here to stay. They are starting to win over supporters, many people who have never before supported a PSL team have seen this as their opportunity to be part of something from the beginning, starting on a clean slate and seeing it through. And they have not been too shabby on the field either, they have only lost two of their seven ever games and included in their victories was a shock 1-0 win over the mighty Kaizer Chiefs. Let’s see how far they can go.
What an exciting time to be alive, all we have to do as football supporters is sit back, chew the popcorn and enjoy the show.