Sporting Clube de Portugal highlight Cape Town Cup weekend

Sporting Clube de Portugal highlight Cape Town Cup weekend

This Friday night will see the Cape Town Stadium hosting the inaugural Cape Town Cup. English Premier League side Crystal Palace, Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal and PSL teams Ajax Cape Town and SuperSport United are in action.

The SuperSport-Palace match is scheduled to get underway at 17:45 at the iconic Cape Town Stadium with the second semifinal between Ajax and Sporting at 20h15.

Crystal Palace have brought their full strength side. They were last in the country back in 1993 when they played Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs during the days of Mark Bright, Eric Young and John Solako.

Gordon Igesund’s Tshwane giants will arrive with their experienced players such as Jeremy Brockie, Thuso Phala and skipper Clayton Daniels.

To SuperSport’s New Zealand international striker Brockie, the tournament could help them in their quest to challenge for silverware this season.

“I’m really looking forward to getting down to Cape Town,” Brockie said. “Obviously we’ve got two strong games down there so everything is going to plan and we’re just looking forward to the first game.”

Ajax Cape Town coach Roger De Sa saw his charges beating Jomo Cosmos 2-1 before losing to Mamelodi Sundowns in last week’s one-day tournament in Pretoria, however the match against Sporting is set to test his young squad regarding their readiness for the new season.

Although skipper Travis Graham could be out of the match through injury, De Sa is armed with the experienced Nathan Paulse and Granwald Scott as well as rising stars Rivaldo Coetzee, Bantu Mzwakali and Abbubaker Mobara – players who are expected to play key roles.

“We have Sporting Lisbon on Friday night; a nice big one at Cape Town Stadium. The exercise will really help us for the season ahead,” said De Sa.

Looking at the Portuguese giants who have already begun with their training sessions at Athlone Stadium, they have nothing to say other than that they looking forward to the match.

Club official Joao Gomes said they’re pleased to have an opportunity to be part of the tournament.

“Sporting Clube de Portugal is very pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Cape Town Cup,” said Gomes.

“We are certain that participation in this tournament will be beneficial for the preparation of the first team for the season 2015/2016.

“We point out that for Sporting to participate in a tournament in South Africa has a special feeling because as early as July 28, 1997 we have a strong bond, the date on which Nelson Mandela became Member of Merit of Sporting Clube de Portugal.”

Coach Jorge Jesus has brought along his big guns including striker, Teófilo Gutiérrez, midfielder João Mário and defender Jonathan Silva to mention but a few.