Cape Town City FC reveals Leicester City approach
Posted: 5 August 2016 Time: 08:28
Cape Town City boss John Comitis has revealed his club has approached English Premier League champions Leicester City regarding a possible future partnership.
Comitis, who bought out Mpumalanga Black Aces and relocated the PSL club to the Mother City under the name Cape Town City FC, had revealed at the club’s unveiling that a possible relationship with the City Football Group – of which Manchester City and New York City FC are subsidiaries – was on the cards.
At the club’s first official press conference of the new season on Thursday, Comitis once again spoke about the matter, revealing that he has also begun talks with another EPL giant associated with the word ‘City’.
“I didn’t make it a secret that at the back of my mind, there’s the possibility of looking at an opportunity like that,” Comitis said of the Manchester City link. “I can tell you that we have made an approach to Leicester City, because we feel they have the same kind of aura, that they’ve come as this new team from nowhere … a bunch of very committed players, in blue, and changed the face of the EPL, for years to come.
“So it’s not just Manchester City … if you know, Mpumalanga Black Aces already has a relationship with Manchester City, on a grassroots level, where they pay Man City to get staff to come in and run football clinics in the community in Mpumalanga.
"If you asking me if there’s an official relationship – no, there isn’t. If you asking me if you get a sense that everything is lining up itself, that it’s going in that direction – I’ll say to you, ‘Funnily enough it is’.”
Comitis added that he would continue to pursue interests abroad, before again hinting at a possible link to the City consortium, who are sponsored by United Arad Emirates airline company Etihad Airways.
“It’s something I would pursue if I got a sniff that there is interest,” he continued. “I can tell you: Eithad is trying to land in Cape Town … so you can call that co-incidence or synchronicity.”