IN EXILE: Cape Town City

Our two Cape Town teams must now go squat around the country because there’s no water in the Mother City.
Surely this is the first time in the history of football this kind of thing happens because even I, who thought I’d seen it all in this game, am shocked.

Cape Town City played a home game in KwaMashu last night.

Ajax Cape Town will be playing a home game at Milpark in Joburg on Saturday.

JOBURG TOE: Ajax will play at Milpark

So much for home ground advantage, this is basically an extra away game for the two clubs and who knows when this will end.

Let me explain for those of you who have been living under a rock.

The water crisis in Cape Town has affected the Athlone Stadium pitch which is closed as of last Friday.

Cape Town Stadium is booked for the Sevens this weekend.

So City had to play a game, which could have taken them top of the log, in Durban last night.

Coach Benni McCarthy called the situation “hurtful and embarrassing” last Thursday in a brutally honest open letter to the City of Cape Town.

OUTSPOKEN: CT City boss McCarthy

And I agree with him.

We always complain that we don’t get Cup finals or we don’t get Bafana Bafana games, but now it’s clear to see why.

The City of Cape Town does not care about the people's game.

NO PLACE FOR SOCCER: CT Stadium

Five professional clubs are left stranded because Athlone Stadium is closed but why is there no contingency plan?

Could they not make other arrangements? And also why is Newlands unavailable?

The City have just left the clubs to fend for themselves and it is now up to the PSL to help them negotiate alternate venues.

Now I’m not sure what is happening behind the scenes but this just seems to show another way in which Cape Town is very far removed from the rest of South Africa.

Football is the majority sport in this country and in fact around the world.

But football keeps playing second fiddle to other more glamorous events at the Cape Town Stadium.

And that is also something we, the fans, must take responsibility for. We don’t fill the stadiums so they’ll kick out our teams for other events that will.

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