The FIFA international break is an opportunity for clubs to regroup and evaluate if they are still on course to reach their target. There is one man who on the ground and follows every penny that drops in the Cape football circles. His name is Rob Delport – SABC Sport, Western Cape correspondent.
Now I’ve known Rob for a while now, he’s not one to put his head on the block but he is always ready to talk football and is very honest about who his favourite people in football are.
So I asked him to share a bit on what he’s seen of the Cape Town teams in the GladAfrica Championship so far.
Ajax Cape Town (2nd, played 7 games, on 13 points)
Despite being 2nd on the table, it’s been a slow start to the season for Andries Ulderink’s side, who are definitely still a work in progress. They’ve picked up 2 successive wins before the international break, but while happy with the results Ulderink has not been happy with his team’s performances, and knows they can get a lot better. A big test over the next five games, with four of those away from home, and if they can come through that relatively unscathed, they will definitely remain a favourite for promotion. They’ve also brought in Mohau Mokate from Maritzburg, and while he will only be fit in December, his experience and fighting spirit will bring a lot to the youthful Urban Warriors.
Cape Umoya Utd (10th – played 7 games, on 7 points)
Dominic Isaacs side looks a little more balanced this season, with some good solid acquisitions. But it has not been the ideal start results-wise. Though if Isaacs can get the team gel, and if they show some grit, they certainly have the qualities to be doing better. There is a good blend of youth and experience in the squad. They have international players, players who have won trophies, and many who have starred in the Absa Premiership in the past. It will be a big test for their young coach, who started so well when he took over mid-way through last season. Now he needs his players to step up – so many of them are guys who have a point to prove, players who have shown potential but not quite lived up to it in the top flight – this is their chance.
Steenberg Utd (12th played 6 games, on 6 points)
The rookies have won 2 and lost 4 so far, but they have no reason to panic. Mike Lukhubeni’s side have definitely looked like they deserve to be in the GAC. They were actually unlucky to lose the derbies against Umoya and Ajax in their last two games, and have played some really good attacking football throughout their debut season. It was only really the heavy defeat to Uthongathi away that can concern them, but Uthongathi are capable of doing that to any team on their day (just ask Ajax!). Technically they’ve not lost at home (both derbies were ‘away’ games) and they could be a real tricky side for a lot of team making the visit to Cape Town. Some good talent in the squad too.
You can follow Rob on Twitter @FMSouthAfrica for a closer look at what sees in the Cape Town football circles.