It’s been a nightmare season for Cape football.
At the start it didn’t look like it would play out like this, but there are no NFD sides pushing for promotion and Ajax Cape Town are set to finish outside of the PSL’s top eight.
At Ajax, things started off so brightly.
After missing out on the Nedbank Cup to Mamelodi Sundowns on a missed Abbubaker Mobara penalty in the final shootout, they picked themselves up and went on to beat Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 final.
Then tragedy struck when Cecil Lolo died in a car accident.
One of the star performers in that cup decider, the popular Lolo was a massive loss to Roger de Sa’s men.
This week, De Sa once again talked about the effect that the death of the versatile player had on the squad’s morale and performances.
The coach added that they would find a way through the loss and find an attitude that can lift the team next season, now that they have nothing left to play for.
Ajax have been too sloppy at the back and wasteful up front.
And while that may be the most obvious thing to say about a team that is struggling for form and results, it’s the consistency of those problems that really makes one wonder about the players’ mindsets.
Meanwhile, in the lower division things have been more chop and change.
At Cape Town All Stars, all the promise of the club was undone by managerial changes.
First Dan Malesela left for Chippa United as the first of three coaches this season.
The team never found stability and their season was over before it really started, with star man Amigo Memela joining Orlando Pirates.
Milano lacked the passion you usually associate with the club.
Even with Boebie Solomons returning to his spiritual home, they haven’t been playing with the same fire and directness you expect from the Kinnes.
Santos have been very disappointing under Zeca Marques.
The Mozambican has a vrag experience in South African football, but seems to have problems integrating the U23 rule.
You just have to show faith in the young players, especially in the Cape.
Vasco da Gama just can’t seem to sort their problems out. They have massive resources after teaming up with Portuguese top-flight club Vitoria.
The Parow club was supposed to be benefiting from a technical and coaching partnership that they went into two years ago.
But up until now that has not born any fruit.
And finally FC Cape Town. John Comitis has a long-term vision to make the African Beasts the team of choice in the Mother City.
The former Ajax chairman has implemented the same Dutch model training regime. But until they challenge for promotion, all the players they sent to Europe will do nothing for Cape football.