Cape Town City Football Club is still new to the Premier Soccer League (PSL). The team purchased the then Mpumalanga Black Aces after the end of the 2015/16 PSL season. Although South African football fans are familiar with one of the directors John Commitis, they are still not quite sure what the team looks like as they have been very secretive about the team’s progress before the start of the 2016/17 season. The team was supposed to play Ajax Cape town in a friendly match last week in Cape Town, but they cancelled the game in the last minute. It looks like they don’t want to expose themselves to their opponents and would like to surprise the country. Let us discuss the strengths and weaknesses that the team may have by looking in to the players already in their books.
With the fact that the team has managed to keep 14 players from the then Mpumalanga Black Aces, they still have core of the team that finished 4th last season. The players are still there, it is up to the new coach, Eric Tinkler, to make sure the team performs well in the new season. Currently they have 11 of those players with 3 to be announced soon.
They still have one of the best goalkeepers in the country, Shuaib Walters, who has also previously represented South Africa. Walters will definitely help the team not to concede silly goals.
The players retained are: Shuaib Walters, Aubrey Ngoma, Mpho Matsi, Lebogang Manyama, Bhongolwethu Jayiya, Vincent kobola, Given Mashikinya, Sibusiso Masina, Nana Akosah-Bempah, Ricardo Ndiki, and Thabo Nodada.
The team has also singed Lehlohonolo Majoro who was released by Orlando Pirates Football Club. They are also busy negotiating with a lot of other players who will be able to join the team before the start of the new season.
Their coach Eric Tinkler is one of the best coaches in South African football. He has worked alongside Roger De Sa as his assistant at Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates. He has reached the finals of both top CAF competitions which are the Champions League and the Confederations Cup. His experience of the beautiful game will be vital in making sure the team performs well in their debut season.
The team is still new in the PSL and that could have an effect on them. The confidence of the players will not be up to the standard when they start their PSL campaign soon.
The team is very secretive when it comes to their preparations. They also still have to establish themselves as one of the best teams in Cape Town. Ajax has already won a lot of fans in the city, so it will be very difficult for fans to just support a new team while they have their own fully established team. Fans are very important for e team’s performance in any sport.
The players who once played for Aces are definitely not confident enough as they are not sure of their future if they should make mistakes in the field of play. For them to just move away from their homes and their families is not a blessing at all. They also still have to adjust to life in the city and also the new coach as they were used to the dramatic Muhsin Ertugral.
Solution to their weaknesses
The management must make sure they involve all the knowledgeable personnel in the team to help lift the spirit of players and also to make sure that they are ready for their debut season. They should do everything positive to win the hearts of fans in Cape Town.