CAPE TOWN - For Cape Town City, the team has always been the thing upon which they intend to be crowned king. The Cape side has regularly insisted that there is no space for individual accolades or praise - only the team matters.
It’s this attitude that has carried the squad through the season. Irrespective of who plays, the job gets done and it’s all for the benefit and glory of the team.
As things stand in the PSL’s top five - and the eventual title-winner will come from one of them - City top the PSL standings with 45 points, followed by Kaizer Chiefs (also 45), Wits 44, Mamelodi Sundowns 41 and SuperSport United on 37 points.
Four of the top five teams will be in action on Wednesday. City host Wits at the Cape Town Stadium (7.30pm kickoff), while at the same time SuperSport face Sundowns.
Last week, City coach Eric Tinkler was named Coach of the Month for March, a testament not only to the good work he’s done in the Cape, but also signalling how the players have responded.
It has been a real team effort from the fledgling Cape side this season. This will, of course, be the same approach when City welcome Wits. What a game we have in prospect; the anticipation, the tension, the significance is almost palpable ...
“We know how important this game is,” said City boss John Comitis.
“The three points on offer will keep the title chase in our own hands.
“For the Cape fans out there, we need your support, we can’t do this alone.”
But Wednesday is, without doubt, one of the biggest days on the PSL calendar. It won’t be a title-defining one, but it’s an evening of football in which a team could make or break its challenge for the championship.
It’s a major Wednesday. It’s a critical Wednesday. It’s a Wednesday to lay down a marker.
It’s a Wednesday when title-contenders City, Wits, SuperSport and Sundowns can ill-afford to blink.
Blink, and you lose, and the league trophy ambitions could all go up in smoke.
It’s a Wednesday to hold the nerve.
Wits coach Gavin Hunt has made no secret of the fact that he believes City have the inside track on the title, purely because they do not have the distraction of African football.
The travel fatigue and hectic playing schedule for their title rivals and continental commitments are likely to favour City, in Hunt’s opinion.
But, while that may be so, it’s also an opinion that doesn’t give City any credit for what they have achieved in their debut season.
The Capetonians have already annexed the Telkom Knockout earlier in the season and, despite the ostensible “big teams” piling on the pressure, they simply haven’t blinked. They just keep winning In fact, they’re still unbeaten in 2017.
Their counter-attacking style is highly efficient and they’ll likely be looking to do the same to Wits on Wednesday.