Reintroducing; A Contemporary Cape Town City Football Club

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The procurement of Mpumalanga Black Aces by John Comitis and his investment group from the Morfou brothers, George and Mario, has seen the return of Cape Town City Football Club, and the Comitis family to football in the Cape. In a surprise move that seemed to come out of left-field, last season’s 4th placed side lost their coach, and over half of their personnel during the great migration from Mpumalanga to Cape Town. John Comitis and his family oversaw the growth of Ajax Cape Town from a microwave satellite team, into one of the biggest clubs in South Africa, and a leading institution on the continent in terms of youth development and scouting of young players. This was all before a tumultuous split that saw Ari Efstathiou and his brothers buying out the Comitis family, after the two groups were at loggerheads regarding the running of the cub, and the direction they wanted to take. This return is seen as a direct challenge to Ajax Cape Town, who have been largely unchallenged as a powerhouse on the Coast since the demise of Santos & AmaZulu; Chippa United have added a distinct flair to the region, but the market is wide open for another club to grow into a household brand in years to come.

Ajax Cape Town/ Cape Town City Rivalry

Buying a franchise, and moving it from Mpumalanga to the Cape just to spite a former business associate may not be the way John Comitis does business; but the move and its resulting statements have all seemed to point towards settling a vendetta, by building another powerhouse club in Cape Town. The rivalry between the two clubs has already heated up before the first ever encounter, if this burning passion to beat Ajax Cape Town on & off the field creates a healthy level of competition within the league, Mzansi diski will be better off for it. The question now becomes whether Cape Town City FC can do what Ajax CT, and most other local teams, have continually failed to do, attract supporters to the stadium and create an infectious feel good culture around the club.

The Cape Town City Brand

The forward thinking nature of the brand has already been displayed in how they have looked to use social media to engage their fans on selecting an away kit for the season ahead; a modern thinking club will resonate well with Millennial’s, many of whom are more concerned with international football to support local teams. There has been some speculation as to whether this new franchise has or will look to build any relations with a foreign based super club like Manchester City, who have steadily gone about establishing roots in various continents across the globe, the rumour has it that the previous links established with the Manchester based side, as Mpumalanga Black Aces, will be renewed going forward. We may not yet be fully privy to the modus operandi at Cape Town City Football Club, but the coming weeks and months will go a long way towards giving us a clearer view of what they will bring to South African football.

A Brief History…

Cape Town City Football Club

Bio

Years Active: 1962 – 1977; 2016 –

Previous League: National Football League (Former Whites-only League)

Former Home Ground: Hartleyvale Stadium, Observatory; Cape Town

Home Colours: Gold & Blue

Notable Former Chairmen: Ian Taylor & W. Gradner

Notable Former Coaches: Reg Smith, Frank Lord & Roy Bailey

Notable Former Players: Ben Anderson, Richard Allen, Gary Bailey (England International), Tony Brimacombe, Tommy Claxton, Mick Channon (England International), Roger Coetzee, Tony Coleman, Andy Donnelly, George Eastham (England International), Brian Edgley, Jóhannes Eðvaldsson (Icelandic International), Gary France, Terry Gulliver, Ken Hewkins, Willie Hunter (Welsh International), Sir Geoff Hurst (England International), Dave Huson, Kai Johansen (Danish International), Kevin Keegan (England International), John Keirs, John Livingstone, Leon Kubic, Eric Logan, Vic Lovell, Peter Lorimer (Scottish International), George Graham Martin (South African International), Jimmy Morrison, Andy McBride, Andy McQuarrie, Don McKenzie, George Mulhall (Scottish International), Bill O’Grady, Yilmaz Orhan, Calvin Palmer, Frank “Jingles” Pereira, Jackie Plenderleith (Scottish International), John Rowlands, Ken Scott, John Sissons, Ian St John (Scottish International), Albert Uytenbogaardt (South African International), Roy Vernon (Welsh International), Mickey Walsh (Irish International), Jackie Wren & Ernie Yard

Honours:

NFL (National Football League) – Champions, 1973, 1976; Runners-Up, 1965, 1970, 1971 & 1974

Castle (NFL) Cup – Winners, 1970, 1971 & 1976; Runners-Up, 1969

UTC Bowl – Winners, 1971 & 1973; Runners-Up, 1965

Champion of Champions – Winners, 1971, 1972 & 1974

Coca-Cola Shield – Runners-Up, 1970 & 1975

The Grand Stand View

Chairman John Comitis has promised a return of the entertaining Friday Night Football that would see crowds of 25 000 fans packing into Hartleyvale Stadium to watch Cape Town City FC, and their team of stars, many of whom were household names that had plied their trade in Europe prior. The City of Cape Town will be spoilt for choice, as another club enters an already saturated market, with a deep talent pool. The transfer policy at Cape Town City FC may take some time to iron out, or even truly critique; but the pressure is already on the club to put their cheque book where their figurative mouth is, and acquire the calibre of players that will enable them to survive, and excel in the 2016/2017 ABSA Premiership season.

The 14 odd players remaining from the Mpumalanga Black Aces roster were said to have been selected by Mushin Ertuğral, before he chose to take up the vacancy at Orlando Pirates, but the new Cape Town City FC gaffer, Eric Tinkler & his assistant Calvin Marlin, may have their own ideas of which players are required for the task at hand. It will be interesting to watch how the new club gets by as they endeavour to pass the teething stage of this transition, with Technical Director Craig Rosslee being tasked to oversee matters on the ground; many of us will be rooting for the club to succeed, because another thriving local club only strengthens our league and national sides. The rumoured interest in luring Steven Pienaar back to Cape Town, where he enjoyed great success in a Comitis owned Ajax CT, will surely spike up interest in the club; the arrival of a marquee player or two could be the perfect start towards usurping Ajax Cape Town as the kings of the Mother City.

UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch; Bartosz Kapustka, Poland

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#TheTalentScout

There is an age old belief within football circles that you cannot win anything with a side dependant on youngsters, yet me being the firm believer in youth development that I am, I cannot help but hope that the young stars of the future on display at the 2016 UEFA European Championships take this opportunity that fate has afforded them to make the world of football sit up and truly appreciate the magnificence that these wunderkinds have been created to grace us with. A plethora of talented players will be keen to showcase their talent in the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship; we at GSV would like to hone our binoculars in on the u/23 players that will be looking to etch their mark on the global game, without further ado, we present to you the UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch. Prendre plaisir!

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Bartosz Kapustka

Bio

DoB: December 23rd, 1996 (19)

PoB: Tarnów, Poland

Nationalities: Poland

Position/s: Deep-Lying Playmaker, Box-To-Box Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Winger, Inside Forward, Trequartista (Left/Right/Centre)

Height: 1, 79m

Club: KS Cracovia

Club Career Record: 63 Games, 8 Goals, 12 Assists

National Team Record: 10 Caps, 2 Goals, 2 Assists

The Grand Stand View

The pace and sheer intensity of football today has made it a tad bit harder for good young players to swiftly acclimatise to playing at a higher level, after making the step up from the youth ranks; it has become even easier to spot an elite level ready talent once they are thrown into the deep end with the big fish, due to the more competitive nature of the game today. Watching a young lad mix in with much older, and far more seasoned peers is personally inspiring, football can often be a great reminder of how true talent has no limitations regarding age or experience.

Bartosz Kapustka is one of those outrageously gifted young players that step up to playing football at the elite level, and look as if they have been playing there their whole entire lives. A young creative midfielder, whose undeniable ability from a tender age saw him quickly progress up the youth ranks to the senior level setup for club & country, Bartosz Kapustka is a natural born trequartista who feels at home with the ball glued to his foot, where he can use his great technical gifts to manipulate it as he sees fit. A naturally instinctive player that is comfortable playing within that little pocket of space between midfielders and defenders; Bartosz combines a great football brain, with sound passing ability, to keep himself involved in the creation of play and afford himself the best possible platform to better influence proceedings to the benefit of his side.

Gifted young playmakers are known to be a high commodity in football, for many obvious reasons, including the rarity of such highly demanded talents; Bartosz Kapustka has already been tipped as one of the finest Polish players of his generation, such lavish praise will only seek to drive up his value and create an increased level of expectation around a player, who has impressed many in his relatively short time as a professional footballer. Poland will do well to nature such a precocious young footballer into the world-beating playmaker he promises to be in years to come, the future looks exceedingly bright for Bartosz Kapustka, a lad that was born to create and score goals for fun.

UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch; Piotr Zieliński, Poland

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#TheTalentScout

There is an age old belief within football circles that you cannot win anything with a side dependant on youngsters, yet me being the firm believer in youth development that I am, I cannot help but hope that the young stars of the future on display at the 2016 UEFA European Championships take this opportunity that fate has afforded them to make the world of football sit up and truly appreciate the magnificence that these wunderkinds have been created to grace us with. A plethora of talented players will be keen to showcase their talent in the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship; we at GSV would like to hone our binoculars in on the u/23 players that will be looking to etch their mark on the global game, without further ado, we present to you the UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch. Prendre plaisir!

#YoungGunToWatch

Poland

#19

Piotr Zieliński

Bio

Full Name: Piotr Sebastian Zieliński

DoB: May 20th, 1994 (22)

PoB: Ząbkowice Śląskie, Poland

Nationality: Polish

Position/s: Deep-Lying Playmaker, Box-To-Box Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker

Height: 1, 80m

Club: Udinese Calcio

Club Career Record: 86 Games, 5 Goals, 11 Assists

National Team Record: 16 Caps, 3 Goals, 2 Assists

The Grand Stand View

Major international tournaments have long been seen as a great shop window for scouts, managers and directors of football to scout and sign new players to add to their sides going into the new season; the UEFA Euro 2016 Championship has proven to be no different, and one of the players to have already seen his stock rise due to the tournament is Piotr Zieliński. An extremely talented young midfield schemer with great potential, and an ever growing resume in one of the toughest leagues for foreign young players to come through the ranks, and get a fair crack at the elite level.

A natural passer of the ball, Piotr Zieliński is a gifted midfield playmaker that possesses a great first touch, which allows him time & space on the ball to execute one of his vast arrays of incisive passes or through-balls. Zieliński is blessed with an outstanding ability to read the game well and position himself in the best possible openings to receive the ball, and be able to lay it off to a better positioned teammate; a seemingly simple trait that offers great continuity in the creation of attacking moves, and offers a reliable outlet for the ball when players are under pressure from opponents in the pressing game. Creativity and class come standard in this industrious young midfield general in the making, Piotr Zieliński has all the tools required to develop into a consistent source of creative inspiration, passing accuracy and all-round effective midfield play in the deep-lying playmaker position, or further up the field as an out and out no:10.

Playing professional football in a tough league like the Serie A has toughened Piotr Zieliński up quite a lot, the lad is unafraid to get stuck in on the defensive side of the ball, and his toughness can often prove to be a major factor in midfield battles when he’s deployed in the double-pivot. Zieliński was rumoured to be wanted by Bayern Leverkusen & Liverpool as a 14 year old protégé, the Reds have renewed their interest in him after his continued growth over the years, it may be a matter of weeks before that transfer story comes full circle, with a move to Merseyside said to be eminent.