CAPE TOWN - Cape Town City, just two seasons into their existence as a PSL club, finish off the 2017-18 campaign when they face AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon (3pm kickoff).
Last season, in their debut in the top flight, they surprised all and sundry by ending third on the PSL standings; this season, they look likely to finish either fifth or sixth. For an organisation still finding its feet as a club, it’s an achievement to admire.
City owner John Comitis, in looking back on the current season, said he had no reason to complain. In fact, he was rather upbeat about the direction of his team.
“If I look at the stats, and see that we are probably likely to finish in fifth position on the log, then I have to say that it is has been a successful season,” said Comitis. “If you look at the fact that we were unsettled at the start of the season... and yet we still are looking at finishing so high up on the table, together with the good Cup runs we had, then I have to say that it has been a great season.”
But, while Comitis was happy with what had transpired this season, he was just as forthright about things that have gone wrong. He was certainly of the opinion that things could have been far better.
“If there is an area that has been concerning, then it’s the fact that we have not been able to convert all the good football we played into goals,” said Comitis. “... But I have to say that the upswing in the last few weeks has been good.
"So, all in all, it’s a good signal that we will be ready to continue to make more positive steps as a club. I don’t foresee many changes because I believe this current squad is developing nicely, so I expect that two or three new additions will be all we need for next season.”
Many may have questioned the decision to appoint the inexperienced Benni McCarthy, but Comitis feels the rookie coach has proven to be a good fit. And, importantly, added the City boss, with time, more games and more experience, the former Porto striker will only get better.
“The main thing about Benni is his willingness to learn,” said Comitis. “He has his personality, and he has his opinion, but, importantly, he is open-minded. He is prepared to listen and learn from his mistakes - and, because of this, I have no doubt that he will continue to progress as a coach.”
Meanwhile, over in the other half of the Mother City, Ajax Cape Town have it all to do in their final game of the season. The Cape side host Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm kickoff) - and there is only one way to secure the club’s PSL safety: Ajax have to beat Chiefs.