Slaapstad must wake up man!

We’re the first to cry when the Soweto Derby its clubs grab all the headlines and sponsorships!

There’s a problem in the Western Cape, and if we’re not careful, local football here will forever remain lesser than.

Moses Mabhida is busy guys, everybody has been pushing for football to be played there in Durban.

I’m not sure about the financials, but the KZN, Durban and its municipalities have been serious about local football.

That province has about four or five other stadiums at PSL level, one of those stadiums is in the middle of ikasi.

It’s not perfect of course, but they at least have something to show for it.

Thina here in Cape Town, fortunately, or unfortunately, couldn’t keep football as the main thing at the Cape Town Stadium.

I bet you there are probably more people talking about Eminem’s flop concert in the streets of Cape Town than any sporting event besides the World Cup.

It’s now even called the DHL Stadium, with rugby as the main tenant.

You can also expect soon, expect rugby to make a donation to “poor” old local football.

We are now down to three Western Cape teams in the PSL, which is in charge of the two top leagues.

We have Cape Town City and Stellenbosch representing us in the Premiership and Cape Town Spurs is our only representative in the second tier.

This province had eight teams split between these two leagues, there was even “Friday Football Gees” as a buzz word in the streets.

I must admit though even back then, we were terrible at marketing the games, we simply just benefited from the fact that there was so much football to go around, and our players were getting regular top league football action.

We didn’t pack the stadiums even with so many local rivalries available, we didn’t manage to make any of them a national feature.

Yet we’ll be the first to cry when the Soweto Derby its clubs grab all the headlines and sponsorships.

Even our very own Cape Town All Stars decided they would much rather move to Jozi to seek better opportunities.

Can you blame them? I don’t, I’ve watched us prove the Jozi and KZN people right to call us a Slaapstad.

This past weekend we had our only Premiership teams CT City and Stellies battle it out and the stadium wasn’t sold out.

Everyone was talking about the increased ticket prices for last night’s match between City and Kaizer Chiefs.

Why isn’t the Mzansi diski conversation not about Cape Town & the Western Cape football?

Now here’s the MTN 8 starting this weekend and both of the Cape teams are hosting, mara there’s dololo buzz in the streets!

Are we waiting for the tournament sponsors to come and make the noise as per usual?

What if they don’t come, which is mostly the case anyway.

And it’s month end even man, there’s every excuse to be out packing the stadiums. Why are we still sleeping on ourselves?

I’m not going to even put this on the clubs’ doorstep, although they are mostly to blame for all this, but I also would like to call call out the fans, local government and local corporates.

It feels like everyone is just sitting back, hoping that AmaZulu’s visit to Cape Town City on Saturday will sell itself.

There is so much flavour vannie Kaap in this match with so many players from the Mother City that will potentially play in this match. Even the vistors’ coach Brandon Truter is from here.

Besides City’s concerning league form, we can obviously talk about their pedigree as a recent champion of the season’s first cup competition.

We can talk about how their misfiring let them down when they could have killed off the local rivalry against Stellies on Saturday evening.

It’s a homecoming for the likes of Abbubaker Mobara and Keagan Buchanan whom many watched rise from youth starlets to the full blown professional players that they are.

Then there’s a bunch of guys from other provinces who made a name for themselves here like George Maluleke who was part of those exciting Ajax Cape Town squads.

Ajax/Cape Town Spurs fans will also remember Tendo Mukumela, who found a home where he could build his career at Ikamva, after struggling at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Darwin Gonzales’ first half header set the Citizens up early in the game, but they just couldn’t manage to add to the Venezuelan attacking midfielder’s goal.

Stellies fired back through a South American of their own Junior Mendieta, when the Argentinian attacking midfielder headed home in the second half to secure a point for his side.

It’s been a testing run of matches for Stellies, with last night’s trip to Mamelodi Sundowns, which will be followed by a visit from Chiefs, who will cross from the DHL Stadium to the Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday for the MTN8.

Stellies need no motivation for this clash. As one of the younger clubs, Stellies need to make a statement against the “bigger boys”.

They did the double against Amakhosi and will fancy their chances against their struggling guests in this once-off cup clash.

We’re part of the SA football story, it’s time that we act like it with some real action.

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