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Cape Town City F.C. (2016)

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Cape Town City F.C.
Full nameCape Town City Football Club
Nickname(s)The Citizens, Blue and Gold Army[citation needed]
Short nameCape Town City
Founded1962; 59 years ago (1962)
GroundCape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Capacity55,000
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). 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.

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 one true powerhouse football club that had the ability to truly represent 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] In 2018, chairman John Comitis announced that they planned to build a stadium that will be owned by the team.[4]

Honours

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 Technical Team

  • Head Coach: South Africa Erick Tinkler [6]
  • Assistant Coach: South Africa Diogo Peral
  • Analyst: South Africa Paul Lamb
  • Team Manager: South Africa Moenier Davids
  • Sport Scientist: South Africa Lee Miles
  • Physiotherapist: South Africa Andrew Coppin
  • Biokineticist: South Africa Hlalefo Senoamali
  • Head of Recruitment: South Africa Grant Veitch

Players

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 DF South Africa RSA Abbubaker Mobara
4 DF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Idumba Fasika
5 DF Mozambique MOZ Edmilson Dove
6 MF South Africa RSA Relebogile Mokhuoane
8 MF South Africa RSA Mpho Makola
10 MF South Africa RSA Mduduzi Mdantsane
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 Darren Keet
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW South Africa RSA Khanyisa Mayo
18 MF South Africa RSA Shane Roberts
19 FW Zimbabwe ZIM Douglas Mapfumo
20 FW South Africa RSA Tashreeq Morris
21 MF South Africa RSA Thato Mokeke
22 DF South Africa RSA Patrick Fisher
23 FW South Africa RSA Fagrie Lakay
26 MF South Africa RSA Thabo Nodada
27 MF South Africa RSA Taahir Goedeman
30 DF South Africa RSA Craig Martin
31 GK South Africa RSA Bongani Mpandle
40 GK South Africa RSA Marc Anderson
47 GK South Africa RSA Luca Oliaro

Legends

As part of an ongoing dedication to honour and respect Cape Town's rich and diverse football history, 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 Jantjies and Farouk Abrahams feature as honourees on this list.[citation needed]

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. ^ "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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