Cape Town City owner John Comitis is dreaming of having this year’s MTN8 final staged in the Mother City, but realistically hopes the selected venue will be a fair choice for both sides.
The Citizens booked their place in this year’s final following a 3-1 aggregate win over Bidvest Wits over the two legs, and will face SuperSport United – who overcame Martizburg United by the same aggregate scoreline – in a repeat of last year’s Telkom Knockout final.
On that occasion, the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane hosted the two sides, a venue which Comitis feels gave an advantage to their Pretoria rivals despite City’s victory.
“There’s consultation, and a meeting gets set up for us to give our contribution,” Comitis explained when asked about his input in deciding the venue for this year’s MTN8 final. “Usually they select two or three venues, and ask us to give our preference. One thing I made very clear from the outset was that if I get onto a flight to get to a stadium, SuperSport better be getting on a flight to get to that same stadium.
“I don’t want to be in a situation where they take a two-hour bus ride the day before the game, and we have to fly up and drive up on an eight-hour round trip from start to end, and then have to compete on an equal footing. So that’s the base that I work from.”
Comitis is crossing his fingers in hope that the Mother City will be given the go-ahead to host next month’s final, a decision he feels will reap the rewards.
“I think if you want to get 35-40 000 people at the final, bring it to Cape Town,” he said. “But we’ll have to ask SuperSport to concede that one. You never know, it’s worth a shout, but I do believe we would get 30-40 000 people, I really believe that.
“It happened before, when Ajax almost won the league [2011/12], with one game to go – they had 34 000 people in the stadium, just for one game, and the match before was 2-3000. We know Capetonians come out for a worthy cause, so it’s worth a shot to try get the final staged here.”
The final has been provisionally set for 14 October – the weekend after the next Fifa international break – with the venue set to be confirmed by the PSL tonight.