Meet the new Cape Town City FC
Newly-formed Cape Town City announced some exciting initiatives during their launch in the Mother City earlier this week.
The club was formed by former Ajax Cape Town chairman John Comitis, who instigated the buyout of Absa Premiership club Mpumalanga Black Aces.
The new Western Cape team will be coached by Eric Tinkler, who will be assisted by Ian Taylor, Calvin Marlin and Craig Rosslee also on the technical team.
Around 14 members of the Black Aces playing squad are set to relocate to Cape Town with the team.
Cape Town City will also be looking to tap into the vast local talent reserves, and will be networking and partnering with local amateur clubs to this effect.
Comitis is optimistic that these sorts of associations will also help increase the club’s fan-base.
“Each of the 100 clubs has 200 registered players in the different age groups. And that is before you talk about the parents‚ uncles and aunts‚ friends and so on. Then we can still market ourselves to the rest of Cape Town. You do the maths‚” he said at the club’s launch on Thursday.
It’s not just to the youth that the club will be looking – they also plan to honour Cape Town’s rich footballing history and want to make sure that local legends do not feel excluded from today’s game.
“We recognise the role of former players in this city who have been largely forgotten since their playing days. They did not play for the big money players get today. For some it was just about playing for the jersey or petrol money,” said Comitis.
“So we have decided anyone who has played for Cape Town Spurs‚ the old Cape Town City‚ Glenville or Hellenic as a professional will automatically have a free season ticket for this season.
“With SAFA Western Cape we will also compile a list of 50 legends from those teams who will get a season ticket for life. This is our way of giving back.”
Ultimately though, the club will be about providing opportunities for talented young players:
“It became clear that if you want to tap into the heart of the guy at the grassroots‚ you need to give him something to aspire to,” explained Comitis.
“And that’s where Cape Town City was born. It was about linking the bottom to the top and showing a clear path.
“I sat with technical director Craig Rosslee for many nights over a cup of tea discussing how we would go about this and we came up with some plans.
“For example‚ every single coach at Cape Town City is certified with a high level qualification. The expectation from them‚ including head coach Eric Tinkler‚ is that they will impart this knowledge to other coaches at grassroots.
“So we will have a Coach the Coaches program in full swing with the aim of certifying the grassroots guys at a SAFA national level. We want to equip the 100 SAFA clubs we partner with all the skills so that one club at the top‚ Cape Town City‚ succeeds for the benefit of all of us. Any players who are developed through our grassroots affiliates and are sold to‚ for example Portugal‚ those euros will not just come to Cape Town City‚ but also filter down to grassroots as well. That is in writing.”