Cape Town City FC will make their bow in the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League season after the new franchise out of the ashes of Mpumalanga Black Aces was launched on Wednesday.
The club is an ambitious project that seeks to unify 100 grassroots teams that play in the SAFA leagues to feed into their academy that is potentially to be based in Nyanga.
Discussions over the project started with SAFA Western Cape president Norman Arendse last November‚ and culminated in the purchase of Black Aces’ franchise to form a professional team for the grassroots sides to feed into.
“It was clear‚ if you don’t tap into the heart of the guy at the grassroots‚ you cannot succeed at the top. This is a club for the people‚” Comitis said.“It’s about linking the bottom (grassroots) to the top and showing a clear path of how to get there. Any players that are developed through our grassroots affiliates and are sold to‚ for example Portugal‚ those Euros will not just come to Cape Town City‚ but also filter down to grassroots as well. That is in writing.”
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