This will happen even more so now with the surprise PSL success of newcomers Cape Town City F.C.
In August 2016, Cape Town City F.C. played their very first PSL match in 40 years. As a group of individual players and as a team, they had trained hard and believed in themselves. On the other side of the training ground, the naysayers of the press and fans of opposing teams were less inclined to give them the credit that they went on to prove they so rightly deserved.
By the end of their first season, Cape Town City F.C. had created a legion of new fans and earned the respect of everyone else, including the press.
The most surprising aspect of this story is the fact that Cape Town City F.C. didn’t exist until the beginning of that same year. Owner John Comitis had bought the Mpumalanga Black Aces and brought them back to Cape Town as Cape Town F.C. early in 2016.
As PSL fans watched them rise up the log, they began to gather together at stadiums across the country to watch the team that wasn’t, suddenly become true contenders for the top spot.
The press had little choice but to start paying attention to these gutsy newcomers in their dash to reach the top of the Premier League log. Fans of the team and their opponents booked cheap flights to Cape Town from all over South Africa, following them from one city to the next, to witness first-hand the team that had stolen Cape Town’s heart in their rousing progress up the log.
The highlight of the tournament was a 3-2 win over Kaizer Chiefs. The frenzy of the fans was palpable as they witnessed Cape Town City break through a 2-2 standoff with goals scored by Aubrey Ngoma and Lebogang Manyama in the first half. Chiefs fought for a positive outcome, but in the end it was a dual effort between Moseamedi and fellow substitute Sibusiso Masina that clinched the win for City three minutes into stoppage time, on home soil.
“There is always that belief in you as a coach; I’ve come here to win things. I live and die football every day. I breathe it. I think I’ll be like that until the day I die,” says Head Coach Eric Tinkler in this behind-the-scenes video.
“This is a club that wants to achieve things in the long run, that is loyal to its spectators and is loyal to its players, and the players are loyal to the club.”
Cape Town airport was pulsing with fans of both teams as they flocked in from around the country to witness the dual. Cheap flights to Cape Town were in high demand as the country’s most affordable domestic airlines, Mango and Kulula ferried zealous supporters to and from the city. Cape Town Stadium was packed with fans from both teams who arrived to support their team and witness the showdown of the century, which ended in a surprise defeat for Chiefs.
A proud City finished the PSL on the podium, in a well-deserved third place behind Sundowns and eventual winners, Wits.
Cape Town International Airport serves as a flight hub for all domestic and international flights across the country. With cheap domestic flights on low-cost and local airlines, including SAA and FlySafair, fans can switch off their TV’s and join thousands of other fans to show their support for their favourite PSL team at stadiums across the country.