FOOTIE FUN: Banyana Banyana player Chantell Esau and teammates train at Athlone Stadium. Photo: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency/ANA

CAPE TOWN - Town may often be perceived as the Cinderella of South African football - but, for this weekend, it will be transformed into the belle of the ball. The sporting eyes of the nation will be trained on the city as it hosts two high-profile events at its former World Cup venue.

Tomorrow it’s the derby between Cape Town City and Ajax Cape Town (kick-off 3.30pm), and it’s a rivalry that has captured the imagination of the country.

And then, on Sunday, Banyana Banyana take on Sweden in a friendly (kick-off 2pm).

It’s the first time the country's national women’s football team has come to play in the city - and, what’s more, in facing Sweden, they are up against one of the world’s leading teams.

Tickets for the derby are selling well, with City boss John Comitis expecting a bumper 20000 crowd. Entry is free for the Banyana-Sweden friendly, but tickets still have to be accessed via Computicket or any Shoprite, Checkers, or Checkers Hyper.

On the cricket pitch, things are heating up for the Cape Cobras as they continue their quest for a home Momentum One Day Cup semi-final. They host the Highveld Lions in Paarl today, before travelling to Bloemfontein to face the Knights on Sunday.

With Proteas opener Aiden Markram struggling with injury, Cobras' Protea Temba Bavuma will be hoping to continue his good form, which could see him pad up in the final Test against India at the Wanderers. 

Staff Reporter

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