Cape Town City F.C. (2016)

Cape Town City Football Club is a South African professional football club based in Cape Town, South Africa, that plays in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). The original football club Cape Town City FC was founded in 1962, before being reformed in 2016. The team plays its home matches at the Cape Town Stadium, and its training centre is based at Hartleyvale Stadium, the club's original home ground between 1962–77.[1]

Cape Town City F.C.
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Full nameCape Town City Football Club
Nickname(s)
  • The Citizens
  • Blue and Gold Army
Short nameCape Town City
Founded2016; 7 years ago (2016)
GroundCape Town Stadium
Capacity55,000
Coordinates33°54′12.46″S 18°24′40.15″E / 33.9034611°S 18.4111528°E / -33.9034611; 18.4111528
OwnerMichel Comitis, John Comitis
Head coachEric Tinkler
LeagueDStv Premiership
2022–233rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Cape Town City was resurrected when South African businessman and former professional soccer player John Comitis purchased the franchise rights of defunct Mpumalanga Black Aces F.C.[2] Comitis was one of two co-founders of Ajax Cape Town F.C. in 1999 but eventually sold his shares in 2013.[3] In 2016, Comitis bought defunct Black Aces, located in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, and relocated the team with the franchise license in Cape Town.[3]

StadiumEdit

Cape Town City play their home matches at Cape Town Stadium in the suburb of Green Point in Cape Town.[4] In 2018, the club announced that they would begin using Hartleyvale Stadium as a training facility but continue home matches at Cape Town Stadium.[5]

RivalriesEdit

Cape Town is a city with many football clubs and so there are many smaller derbies. However the fixtures against the second largest club in the city, Cape Town Spurs FC (formerly Ajax Cape Town FC) are the biggest derby games. Fellow DStv Premiership team Stellenbosch FC (formerly Vasco de Gama FC) are also considered close rivals.

There is also a rivalry against Supersport United after the Telkom Knockout final in 2016 and the MTN 8 finals of 2017 and 2018 all being contested by the two clubs.

HonoursEdit

Cape Town City won the 2016 Telkom Knockout Cup, defeating Supersport United 2–1 in the final on 10 December 2016. City scored 12 goals in four games during the tournament to win in 2016–17 Cape Town City F.C. season.[6]

Club technical teamEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Erick Tinkler[7]
Assistant coach   Diogo Peral
Analyst   Paul Lamb
Team manager   Moenier Davids
Sport scientist   Lee Miles
Physiotherapist   Andrew Coppin
Biokineticist   Hlalefo Senoamali
Head of Recruitment:   Grant Veitch
Recruitment Analyst   Dylan Greenberg

First-team squadEdit

As of 8 August 2022

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ANG Hugo Marques
2 DF   RSA Thamsanqa Mkhize (captain)
3 MF   RSA Thato Mokeke
4 DF   COD Nathan Fasika
5 DF   CMR Brice Ambina
6 MF   RSA Relebogile Mokhuoane
7 FW   GAM Kajally Drammeh
8 MF   RSA Mpho Makola
9 MF   USA Jordan Bender
10 MF   RSA Mduduzi Mdantsane
11 FW   RSA Khanyisa Mayo
12 DF   RSA Taariq Fielies
13 DF   RSA Marc Van Heerden
14 DF   RSA Terrence Mashego
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF   RSA Keanu Cupido
16 GK   RSA Darren Keet
17 FW   COL Juan Camilo Zapata
18 FW   RSA Mogamat May
20 FW   VEN Darwin González
21 MF   GHA Bertrand Mani Jr
22 DF   RSA Patrick Fisher
23 MF   RSA Jaedin Rhodes
24 DF   RSA Lyle Lakay
26 MF   RSA Thabo Nodada
27 MF   RSA Taahir Goedeman
30 DF   RSA Craig Martin
40 MF   RSA Luphumlo Kaka Sifumba
41 FW   RSA Luke Daniels
42 FW   RSA Ashley Nel
46 DF   RSA Thabang Molaoa
47 GK   RSA Luca Diana-Oliaro

LegendsEdit

Cape Town City offers lifetime awards to a distinguished group of 30 Cape Town football "Legends". Notable players such as Thabo Mngomeni, David Nyathi, Ben Anderson, Bernard Hartze, Reggie Jantjiesm Farouk Abrahams, Theko Modise, Craig Martin, Edmilson Dove and Lebogang Manyama feature as honourees on this list.[8] This also includes the long-serving captain, Thamsanqa Mkhize.

The club's first and current manager, Eric Tinkler achieved early success. The club also has been managed by ex-South African footballer Benni McCarthy.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cape Town City upbeat after obtaining new training ground". SportsClub. 2018-03-27. Archived from the original on 2018-04-02. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  2. ^ "Mpumalanga Black Aces renamed Cape Town City Football Club". Goal.com. 29 June 2016. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Comitis to launch new Cape Town PSL club". iol.co.za. 30 May 2016. Archived from the original on 3 July 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  4. ^ Said, Nick (29 June 2016). "PSL newcomers Cape Town City FC finally launched in the Mother City". Times Live. Archived from the original on 2 July 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Ambitious Cape Town City making plans to build own stadium". TimesLIVE. Archived from the original on 2019-08-19. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  6. ^ Tshwaku, Khanyiso (10 December 2016). "Cape Town City down SuperSport to win Telkom Knockout final". Times LIVE. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Cape Town City confirm appointment of Eric Tinkler". Kick Off. 2021-05-24. Archived from the original on 2021-05-24. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  8. ^ "The Team". Cape Town City FC. Archived from the original on 2022-01-31. Retrieved 2022-01-31.

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