File: Benni McCarthy, head coach of Cape Town City.
CAPE TOWN - Cape Town City’s inability to host a home game in the Mother City has left a bitter taste in the mouth of their coach Benni McCarthy.
Benni Mccarthy, i salute and ------ you Sir for speaking the truth— Kimo Mazibuko (@kimo_swazzie) November 30, 2017
City are scheduled to play Maritzburg United in Cape Town on 5 December but there were no venues available in the Mother City and consequently, the match has been moved to Princess Magogo Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium in KwaMashu, Durban.
It is almost unthinkable that a PSL Premiership team has surrendered home ground advantage, and the situation has prompted McCarthy to publish an open letter in which he vents his anger.
The letter, in part, reads:
‘Cape Town City FC is a club that has captured the imagination and dreams of Capetonians from all walks of life. With little assistance, it has brought endless accolades to Cape Town and united its people.
‘It is with great sadness to my players, this club, our fans, and all the football loving people of Cape Town that we must confirm that our upcoming home match versus Maritzburg United will be played away from home, in Durban.
‘From a footballing perspective, a win will take this City top of the log in the nation’s most prestigious competition.
‘And to play that crucial game in the opposition’s province (where KZN were easily able and willing to accommodate us) is quite frankly hurtful and embarrassing.
‘The Cape Town Stadium is unavailable due to the setting up of Rugby 7s, but we have become accustomed to being removed from Cape Town Stadium for events far less significant.
‘It blows my mind how a stadium that only exists because of the Soccer World Cup, cannot be reserved for 15 out of 365 days for the City’s premium soccer team.
‘Football has been sold lies in Cape Town. When there is a private wedding, the stadiums are ready. When there’s a rugby competition, the stadiums are ready. When there’s a nitro circus car event, the stadiums are ready.
‘For football, Cape Town’s World Cup stadium – unavailable. Athlone Stadium – used by a 1000 tenants, has become a sand patch. Newlands – unavailable.
‘It’s about planning and willingness – and I cannot believe that our officials cannot see the immense commercial, cultural, and community impacts that Cape Town City FC has in this city.
‘With all that has been said and promised, the old reality has returned. Football in Cape Town has been forced into exile.’
Jislaaik! Benni McCarthy ( or Cape Town City FC) is KWAAAAAAAD!!!! This is a scathing attack on the City of Cape Town...(Even rugby’s superiority in Cape Town) is being questioned...Football Rugby AbsaPrem pic.twitter.com/PENAdjgPco— PERCY (@Percyoung) November 30, 2017
What Benni McCarthy said about City of Cape Town&39;s been happening to Mamelodi Sundowns in regards to Loftus Versfeld by City of Tshwane. At one point Sundowns had to move SuperSport United out of Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria because of rugby at Loftus— HelpEndSlaveryInLibya (@Matome_Phillix) November 30, 2017
"I&39;ve been away from Cape Town for 21 years and while so much has changed, nothing has changed."— Mbaliyezwe Ndlela (@mbali_ndlela) November 30, 2017
Benni McCarthy&39;s words apply in some of the things happening in the rest of South Africa. pic.twitter.com/XAUY2W0WNa