Cape Town City F.C. (2016)

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Cape Town City Football Club
Cape Town City FC.svg
Full name Cape Town City F.C.
Nickname(s) Blue and Gold Army
Short name Cape Town City
Founded 2016; 2 years ago (2016)
Ground Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Ground Capacity 55,000
Owner John Comitis, Michel Comitis
Chairman John Comitis
Head coach Benni McCarthy
League South African Premier Division
2016/2017 3rd
Website Club website
Current season

Cape Town City Football Club is a football club based in Cape Town, South Africa, that plays in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). They were re-formed in 2016 by the takeover of the PSL's defunct MP Black Aces franchise. The original club Cape Town City FC dates back to the 1960s. Home matches are played at Cape Town Stadium.

History

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..[1] Comitis was one of two co-founders of Ajax Cape Town F.C. in 1999 but eventually sold his shares in 2013.[2] In 2016, Comitis bought defunct Black Aces, located in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, and relocated the team with the franchise license in Cape Town. Comitis felt Cape Town deserved more than one Premier Soccer League team, as well as a team that truly represented the city's diverse footballing heritage and talent.[2]

Manifesto

Cape Town City is a team that strives to represent and empower all ethnic and racial diversities of Cape Town. A team "by Capetonians, for Capetonians", the club uses its roots in Nyanga, the City Centre, and the Cape Flats to unite all people of Cape Town under one team. The club's official manifesto preaches inclusivity and diversity in defining Cape Town's rich footballing history.

Stadium

Cape Town City play their home matches at Cape Town Stadium in the Green Point area of Cape Town.[3]

Honours

Cape Town City won the 2016/17 Telkom Knockout Cup, defeating Supersport United 2-1 in the final on 10 December 2016. City scored 12 goals in 4 games during the tournament to win their first piece of silverware, in only their first top-flight season.[4]

  • MTN 8
    • Best Result: 2017 Runner-up

Current squad

As of 8 January 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 South Africa GK Shu-Aib Walters
2 South Africa DF Thamsanqa Mkhize
3 South Africa DF Kwanda Mngonyama
4 South Africa DF Vincent Kobola
5 Mozambique DF Edmilson Gabriel Dove
6 South Africa DF Ebrahim Seedat
7 South Africa MF Lyle Lakay
10 South Africa MF Ayanda Patosi
12 South Africa DF Taariq Fielies
13 South Africa MF Teko Modise
14 Ghana FW Nana Akosah-Bempah
16 South Africa DF Robyn Johannes (Captain)
19 Austria MF Roland Putsche
No. Position Player
20 South Africa FW Judas Moseamedi
21 South Africa MF Surprise Ralani
23 South Africa MF Mpho Matsi
24 South Africa FW Sibusiso Masina
25 South Africa MF Duncan Adonis
26 South Africa MF Thabo Nodada
27 South Africa DF Tshepo Gumede
29 South Africa MF Shane Roberts
30 South Africa DF Craig Martin
31 Kenya FW Masoud Juma
32 South Africa GK Sage Stephens
37 Uganda MF Allan Kateregga
39 Zimbabwe MF Matthew Rusike

Foreigners

In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals.

Legends

As part of an ongoing dedication to honour and respect Cape Town's rich and diverse football history, Cape Town City offered lifetime season tickets to a distinguished group of 30 Cape Town football "Legends". Notable players such as Thabo Mngomeni, David Nyathi, Ben Anderson, Bernard Hartze, Reggie Jantjies and Farouk Abrahams feature as honourees on this list.

References

  1. ^ "Mpumalanga Black Aces renamed Cape Town City Football Club". Goal.com. 29 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Comitis to launch new Cape Town PSL club". iol.co.za. 30 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Said, Nick (29 June 2016). "PSL newcomers Cape Town City FC finally launched in the Mother City". Times Live. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Tshwaku, Khanyiso (10 December 2016). "Cape Town City down SuperSport to win Telkom Knockout final". Times LIVE. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
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