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CT City's Matsi on adapting to life in Cape Town

Mpho Matsi (Gallo Images)
Mpho Matsi (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City midfielder Mpho Matsi has admitted his current home is worlds apart from Mamelodi, where he grew up, due in part to language barriers.

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However, the 28-year-old revealed that City's non-local players are trying their best to learn Afrikaans in order to show respect for Cape Town's culture.

"Benni [McCarthy] once felt that the use of Afrikaans in the team made others feel left out and wanted us to use English. That didn't work well," Matsi was quoted as saying by SowetanLIVE.

"So we told him that no, we should each make an effort to learn Afrikaans since that's the language spoken locally and because we have a lot of coloured players in the team."

Matsi is also making an attempt to learn Xhosa, but language aside, there are other major differences between his new home and the sort of environment which he knows best.

"When I wake up I see the ocean, the coastal air is different from that of the inner parts of the country. I can feel like I am in a different place, it actually feels like being overseas. It's a different experience altogether to what I'm used to," he added.

However, Matsi, who has been with his current club since it was founded in 2016, is learning to enjoy some of the finer aspects of life in the Mother City.

"I have to a have a smoothie almost every day; that's the one thing I can't get enough of," he revealed.

"I have been to Table Mountain. The city of Cape Town is beautiful, the view from the top of the mountain is so breathtaking. It's not the first and the last time I will be on top of the mountain."