Cape Town City F.C. (2016)

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Cape Town City F.C.
Monogram with interwoven characters introduced in 2016, with gold letters CTC spelling Cape Town City on a blue background.
Full nameCape Town City Football Club
Nickname(s)The Citizens
Blue and Gold Army
Short nameCape Town City
Founded1962; 59 years ago (1962)
GroundAthlone Stadium
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Capacity34,000
55,000
OwnerMichel Comitis, John Comitis
Head coachEric Tinkler
LeagueDStv Premiership
2020–217th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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). 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. The team plays its home matches at the Cape Town Stadium.

History[edit]

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 one true powerhouse football club that had the ability to truly represent the city's diverse footballing heritage and talent.[2]

Manifesto[edit]

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[edit]

Cape Town City play their home matches at Cape Town Stadium in the Green Point area of Cape Town.[3] In 2018, chairman John Comitis announced that they planned to build a stadium that will be owned by the team.[4]

Honours[edit]

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 4 games during the tournament to win their first piece of silverware, in only their first top-flight season.[5]

Club officials/technical team[edit]

  • Chairman: South Africa John Comitis
  • Head Coach: South Africa Erick Tinkler [6]
  • Assistant Coach: South Africa Diogo Peral
  • Team Manager: South Africa Moenier Davids
  • Conditioning Coach: South Africa Lee Miles
  • Physiotherapist: South Africa Andrew Coppin
  • Head of Recruitment: South Africa Grant Veitch

Players[edit]

As of 4 April, 2021

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 Angola ANG Hugo Marques
2 DF South Africa RSA Thamsanqa Mkhize (captain)
3 MF South Africa RSA Abbubaker Mobara
5 DF Mozambique MOZ Edmilson Dove
7 MF Zambia ZAM Charles Zulu
8 MF South Africa RSA Mpho Makola
10 MF South Africa RSA Aubrey Ngoma
11 MF South Africa RSA Bradley Ralani
12 DF South Africa RSA Taariq Fielies
13 MF Nigeria NGA Abdul Ajagun
14 DF South Africa RSA Terrence Mashego
15 DF South Africa RSA Keanu Cupido
16 GK South Africa RSA Reid Bombay
18 MF South Africa RSA Shane Roberts
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW South Africa RSA Jermaine George
20 FW South Africa RSA Tashreeq Morris
21 MF South Africa RSA Thato Mokeke
22 MF South Africa RSA Sanele Gaxa
23 FW South Africa RSA Fagrie Lakay
26 MF South Africa RSA Thabo Nodada
27 DF Greece GRE Giannis Potouridis
28 MF South Africa RSA Mduduzi Mdantsane
29 FW Zambia ZAM Justin Shonga
30 DF South Africa RSA Craig Martin
40 GK South Africa RSA Marc Anderson
42 MF South Africa RSA Olwethu Nyembe
45 FW South Africa RSA Diego Appollis
48 FW South Africa RSA Taahir Goedeman
50 DF South Africa RSA Raphael Georgiades

Legends[edit]

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.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Ambitious Cape Town City making plans to build own stadium". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  5. ^ Tshwaku, Khanyiso (10 December 2016). "Cape Town City down SuperSport to win Telkom Knockout final". Times LIVE. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Cape Town City confirm appointment of Eric Tinkler". Kick Off. 2021-05-24. Retrieved 2021-05-25.

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