An End Of An Era For Cape Town City…
It Could Be A Quick End Of An Era For Cape Town City
Cape Town City have parted ways with two more players, indicating an end of an era for the Mother City-based club.
Chairman John Comitis purchased the Mpumalanga Black Aces franchise in 2016, where he subsequently relocated the club to Cape Town, with a complete rebrand and restructure of the club’s technical and backroom staff.
Comitis then appointed former Orlando Pirates head coach, Eric Tinkler at the helm of his team, where the Citizens experienced an illustrious first season.
City’s inaugural campaign saw the Citizens end off with a 2016 Telkom Knockout trophy and a third-place finish on the Absa Premiership league standings, with the team’s captain being crowned the Footballer Of The Season after his showing and contributions to the Mother City-based side.
However, after Tinkler stepped down from the helm last year, with Benni McCarthy taking over the reins, the changes to the team thereafter, saw an end of an era nearing.
Since Tinkler’s departure, City have since parted ways with key players such as Lebogang Manyama, Bhongolethu Jayiya, Aubrey Ngoma, Renars Rode, Thato Mokeke, Matt Sim, Given Mashikinya, Letsie Koapeng, Lehlohonolo Majoro and recently, Robyn Johannes, Vincent Kobola, Sibusiso Masina and Tshepo Gumede.
City have since brought in a number of new faces to the club, with the side almost unrecognisable to the team who lifted the 2016 Telkom Knockout trophy in their inaugural campaign.
“I am looking to build something for myself, so I did inherit a good team, whether it was from Muhsin or Eric, but every single player that you see plays in my team, how many players can Eric say he played? And how many players can Muhsin say he played?” McCarthy told the media in March this year.
However, it should be mentioned that despite losing their key players, the club has reinforced the necessary departments with the likes of key signings, Teko Modise, Ayanda Patosi and Bradley Ralani.
In addition, the Citizens are expected to make several new signings in the upcoming July/August transfer window and it remains to be seen whether they will look to part ways with any more players.