“We are going to do our best to put on an entertaining show,” said Crystal Palace FC manager Alan Pardew.
Pardew’s promise was echoed by the three other coaches from Sporting de Portugal (Sporting Lisbon) and local Premier Soccer League (PSL) sides Ajax Cape Town FC, and Supersport United FC.
Sporting’s Jorge Jesus said he and the club were honoured to be invited to play in the tournament and were looking to lift the cup on Sunday. “We are going to do our best to win it,” said Jesus.
Local coaches Gordon Igesund (SuperSport) and Roger De Sa (Ajax) saw the tournament as a test ahead of this season’s PSL. “We know its going to be a difficult game,” said Igesund.
“Alan [Pardew] did a fantastic job in the (English Premier) league.” Igesund said the tournament would allow the likes of Bongani Khumalo to test his abilities while Supersport’s plan was to meet Sporting in the final.
De Sa called the tournament a “massive test” for his young Ajax team. “It’s another test for our young squad. Everyone knows we have a young team but we did pretty good in the PSL last year,” he said.
Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor called on residents to purchase tickets.
This week, the City reduced ticket prices twice in response to supporters’ complaints attendance would be too expensive.
The tickets were now in line with Bafana Bafana match prices with a double header at R100. Tickets could be purchased through Computicket.
The cup would kick off on Friday at 5:45pm with Supersport United FC and Crystal Palace FC facing off for a spot in the final, followed by Ajax Cape Town and Sporting Clube de Portugal at 8:15pm.
Sunday’s action would start at 1pm with the two losing teams clashing, followed by the final.
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