Johannes wants to paint CT blue

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The Citizens take on Ajax Cape Town in a highly-anticipated clash between the two Cape rivals, with City entering the encounter as favourites, having won both derbies last year while currently sitting seven positions above their counterparts in the Absa Premiership standings.

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Newly-appointed City captain Johannes hopes the blue half of Cape Town’s supporters will again emerge victorious, calling on the club’s fans to continue their support for the ever-impressing side.

“We want to make sure Cape Town is blue at the end of the day, and not red,” Johannes said. “The City supporters have been coming out in their numbers in every game we’ve played, and we hope they’ll be there again this weekend, and we’ll give our best as always.”

The Mitchells Plain-born defender feels there’s extra motivation for his club in the derby owing to the numerous locals in the squad who are hoping to make their family and friends in the stadium proud.

“I think it makes it that much more special, as we have many Cape Town players,” Johannes said. “Many of their family and friends will be in the stands, and they want to leave the stadium happy. There’s big bragging rights at stake, so we have to do it for them as well.”

City will be without injured influential midfielder Roland Putsche for the showdown, which kicks off at Cape Town Stadium at 15h00 on Saturday afternoon.