Soccer club claims overtime

2015-08-18 06:00
Part of a soccer pitch at the Clyde Pinelands sports complex. Clyde Pinelands Football Club and the City of Cape Town agree that the fields are being overused, but JMI Football Club and Academy does not want to stop training there.

Part of a soccer pitch at the Clyde Pinelands sports complex. Clyde Pinelands Football Club and the City of Cape Town agree that the fields are being overused, but JMI Football Club and Academy does not want to stop training there.

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He will continue to train at that sports complex until he and his team of 180 boys are dragged off the pitch.

So warns Shaid Dakker, team manager of JMI Football Club and Academy.

Dakker says his team has been treated like second-class citizens at the Clyde Pinelands sports club in Ringwood Drive, where JMI has trained for the past three years. JMI has been given the worst pitch to train on and, at times, has had to train without toilet facilities.

JMI shares the four fields at the complex with resident club Clyde Pinelands.

Dakker says the City of Cape Town informed them at the end of last month that JMI has to leave the pitch as their contract has been ended. They were not given any alternative training ground.

“No matter what the letter says we will continue to train there. I will not take away my boys until they come and forcefully remove us. We can’t be bullied into what Clyde Pinelands wants. The pitch is for everyone, so we are allowed to use it just like them.

“We have watched as they allocate the bad pitch to us. No-one can play there. When we have to train at night we do so without flood lights,” he says.

To make matters worse, JMI is not represented on the six-member facility management committee.

“If they take crucial decisions we have no say and that is really affecting us. They are monopolising everything, because whoever has the control of the committee controls the fields.”

Stanley Stephanus, Clyde Pinelands chairperson, says the club agreed to accommodate JMI because at that time they were smaller.

Now Clyde Pinelands has grown so that if both teams continue to use the fields they will not be useable in the long run.

“According to the City’s policy the fields were being overused and they are getting damaged. That’s why their contract had to be terminated, but they didn’t want to take that. There is not enough space for all the teams.

“They are not part of the committee because the committee represents the resident winter sport and a softball member who represents the resident summer sport,” says Stephanus.

Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says there have been a number of meetings between the various parties.

“JMI was allowed to train at the venue to enable its club to prepare for the Bayhill tournament. At that stage, the number of teams that Clyde Pinelands had entered for the season not been finalised, and it was further agreed by the City and Clyde Pinelands that JMI would be accommodated on a temporary month-to-month basis, until the required field usage for the home club had been established.

“Being the resident club, Clyde Pinelands has preferential booking of the facility,” says Walker

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