It is now a story for the history books how John Comitis surprised almost everyone in local soccer when he announced his acquisition of Absa Premiership team, Mpumalanga Black Aces’ PSL status when no one really knew they were for sale.
Comitis relocated the team to Cape Town with just eight players and no coach. But now, three months later, the team are sixth on the Premiership standings with eight points from six games – and they have also claimed an impressive scalp by beating Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8.
Tonight, City begin their Telkom Knockout campaign, and coach, Eric Tinkler is desperate for something that eluded him a few times while he was at Orlando Pirates – some silverware.
City are home to struggling Bloemfontein Celtic who only registered their first win against Platinum Stars at the weekend in a league match. The match is set for a 7.30pm kick-off at Cape Town Stadium.
“The performance against Baroka (last weekend) was simply not good enough and the players know that. So we’ll be making changes. If you are not performing – step aside and give someone else and opportunity,” said Tinkler.
“We are taking this game very seriously because we want to go as far as we can in this competition. Looking at Celtic, I personally feel they shouldn’t be where they are (12th in the league) and they come with a bit more confidence now after the win they got so it’s going to be an extremely tough game,” added Tinkler.
He revealed that he would be making some changes to the team who lost against Baroka in a league game last weekend – some due to injury and some due to form.
“Going forward has been our issue, we’re not creating enough in the final third, so we will be making a few changes. Lehlohonolo Majoro is out with illness, but we’ll have Judas Moseamedi coming back. I am also going to give Robyn Johannes an opportunity. Thabo Nodada is also pushing for a place, while we have some players on three yellow cards, so that’s also something to consider,” said the former Pirates mentor.