Cape Town All Stars coach, Boebie Solomons, is confident that the Mother City will have more than one team in top flight football soon.
Ajax Cape Town are the only team representing the city in the Premier Division while five teams – All Stars, FC Cape Town, Milano United, Vasco da Gama and Santos – campaign in the National First Division and Chippa United having relocated to Port Elizabeth.
The region has been well-represented in the Metropolitan Under-19 Premier Cup where the four semifinalists – Milano United, JL Zwane.
Glendene United and Hellenic – which has given Solomons renewed hope of a brighter future. On Monday new champions will be crowned in the tournament after Ajax Cape Town were eliminated in the group stages by Vasco.
Zwane will face Glendene United in the final which will kick-off at 3pm at Erica Park in Belhar.
“There was a time when I was disappointed with Cape Town youth football,” Solomons said.
“It is now going up. There are a lot of people working hard and smart in this area. Slowly that’s coming through. The quality of the coaching has improved. The mentality has improved at youth level.
“I am happy that a lot of Cape Town teams don’t play kick-and-chase football which was introduced by the English when they came to Cape Town. The quality of the game has improved at youth level. Ajax is not struggling here. It is the other clubs who raised their game. The local teams are already preparing for the next Bayhill. They are more professional now.
“I believe we will have more teams in the PSL soon. We have to have more teams in the PSL. It is up to the club owners and coaches to seize the moment. I think the reason why we don’t have many teams in the PSL is that we don’t have owners and administrators who think professionally. They still think as amateurs but they want to play professionally. They have to pump in more money and facilities to improve the amount of teams in Cape Town.”
Njabulo Ngidi is in Cape Town courtesy of Metropolitan.