Soccer lovers get a 4-in-1

2015-07-21 06:00
Cape Town Stadium hosts the inaugural Cape Town Cup festival of soccer this weekend.

Cape Town Stadium hosts the inaugural Cape Town Cup festival of soccer this weekend.

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Soccer lovers in the Mother City are set for a treat this weekend as the Cape Town Stadium will play host to the inaugural Cape Town Cup.

English Premier League side Crystal Palace as well as 18-time Portuguese Premier League champions Sporting Clube de Portugal (Sporting Lisbon) will feature alongside local clubs Ajax Cape Town and SuperSport United.

The tournament will kick off on Friday at 17:45 when SuperSport United’s Gordon Igesund (a former Ajax Cape Town coach himself) and his charges pit their skills against Alan Pardew’s Palace.

This will be followed by home favourites Ajax facing off against Sporting, who have recently appointed former Benfica coach Jorge Jesus to mentor the Lisbon outfit.

According to Sporting’s Joao Gomes, they are proud to be invited to play in the pre-season spectacle in Cape Town.

“We are certain that participation in this tournament will be beneficial for the preparation of the first team for the season,” says Gomes.

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

The battle lines are drawn once again on Sunday with the losers of Friday’s matches hoping to salvage pride in the third place play-off, which precedes the final. It takes place at 13:00.

Ari Efstathiou, Ajax Cape Town CEO, said at the launch of the Cape Town Cup that the tournament would be a springboard for future collaborations between the club and the City of Cape Town.

“We hope to grow this tournament in the years to come and host other big-name soccer clubs in Cape Town. We ask for the support of the entire Cape Town community to make this event a hugely successful one.”

Tickets cost between R150 and R325, with the City offering an “early bird” promotion: Buy a R200 ticket for Friday’s matches (for seats on the middle tier of the north and south stands of the Cape Town stadium) and receive the added bonus of a free ticket to Sunday’s final day.

For those only wanting to attend one day of the spectacle, tickets will cost R150 (east stand) or R250 (west stand). R325 will secure a ticket for a seat on the west stand for both Friday and Sunday.

An unlimited number of tickets are available for students (over 18 years) and pensioners (over 60 years) at R150, R250 and R325. For scholars (0-18 years), an unlimited number of tickets are available at R100, R200 and R300.

No tickets will be sold at the stadium on the day.

To keep up to date on all tournament news, follow @CapeTownCup on Twitter or visit www.capetowncup.co.za.


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