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Eagles In Africa: Cape Town Cup 2015

10 June 2015

The inaugural Cape Town Cup will set the Mother City alight with two international teams set to challenge two PSL teams in a two day double header football extravaganza. It’s bound to be football at its very best in this pre-season tournament and Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to be named as one of the participating clubs. 

Today saw the City of Cape Town announce the Cape Town Cup soccer tournament which will see host team Ajax Cape Town welcome Portuguese team Sporting Clube de Portugal as well as Supersport United joining Palace for this event. Set to take place at the iconic Cape Town Stadium on 24 and 26 July, ticket details for Palace supporters will be announced shortly here on the club's official website. 

A draw was done to confirm that the first game on Friday, which kicks off at 5.45pm (4.45pm BST), will see Supersport United FC vs Crystal Palace FC. Following shortly after this at 8.15pm (7.15pm BST) will see Ajax Cape Town vs Sporting Clube de Portugal. Sunday’s action will start at 1pm local time with the defeated team of the first of Friday’s double headers challenging the defeated team from the second match. The final with both the winners from the games played on 24 July will take place at 3.30pm (2.30pm BST) on 26 July with a penalty shootout to decide the champion, should there be a tie after regulation time – no extra time and then penalties if scores are level.

“The City of Cape Town is delighted to host the inaugural Cape Town Cup in our beautiful city. We look forward to welcoming the teams and their many fans. Our support for the tournament is part of the City’s strategy to position Cape Town as the events capital of Africa. Events play a pivotal role in generating visitor expenditure and growing our local economy. Soccer is a unifying sport and events like these bring citizens from all walks of life together. We call on Capetonians to come out in their numbers to support the event,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development Councillor Garreth Bloor.

Ari Efstathiou, Ajax Cape Town CEO says that Ajax Cape Town is privileged to host Sporting Lisbon, Crystal Palace and SuperSport United for the inaugural Cape Town Cup, in conjunction with the City of Cape Town, next month.

“As a club, we continue to be leaders in the football industry, and hosting clubs of this calibre in our city is a start of a great future for the Cape Town Cup. Together with the City of Cape Town, we hope to grow this tournament in the years to come and host other big name football clubs in Cape Town. We ask for the support of the entire Cape Town community to make this event a hugely successful one, as we look to continue doing our share in maintaining the status and reputation that Cape Town has enjoyed as one of the most loved cities in the world. We will most certainly look to keep developing and escalating the Cape Town Cup, with the aim of turning it into a world renowned football spectacle.”

Sporting Clube de Portugal’s Mr João Gomes;

“Sporting Clube de Portugal is very pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Cape Town Cup. We are certain that participation in this tournament will be beneficial for the preparation of the first team for the season 2015/2016. We point out that for Sporting to participate in a tournament in South Africa has a special feeling because as early as July 28, 1997 we have a strong bond, the date on which Nelson Mandela became Member of Merit of Sporting Clube de Portugal.”

Phil Alexander, Chief Executive of Crystal Palace FC says, 

“Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to be taking part in the inaugural Cape Town Cup as part of our 15/16 Barclays Premier League season preparations. Alan Pardew will be bringing a full first team squad and we are looking forward to sampling the tremendous atmosphere in the iconic Cape Town Stadium.”

SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews expressed his delight at participating in the Cape Town Cup saying,

"We have established a strong presence in the Western Cape not only through players from Cape Town in our team but especially via our partnership with Stellenbosch University, so we are looking forward to this tournament and our training camp in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This tournament gives us a chance to play against high quality international competition and give our players an opportunity to showcase their talents at the highest level. This will be our final preparation for the season and we will be going all out to play in the finals and start the season on a winning note." 

We will continue to build up to the start of this event right here on the as the club prepare for 2015/16. 

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