Stanley Matthews, SuperSport United CEO during the 2015 Cape Town Cup Press Conference at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 10 June 2015 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Saturday Jun 13, 2015. 16:02
SuperSport United boss Stanley Matthews says that he expects the Pretoria club to benefit from their participation in the Cape Town Cup.
The inaugural edition of the competition takes place at the Cape Town Stadium on the 24 and 26 July 2015, and will feature hosts Ajax Cape Town, SuperSport United, as well as top international sides Crystal Palace (England) and Sporting Lisbon (Portugal).
SuperSport have played in previous pre-season tournaments against English Premier League clubs, and in 2013 they beat Manchester City 2-0 after Senegalese striker Mame Niang and Bafana Bafana international Kermit Erasmus scored second-half goals at Loftus Versfeld.
“From a SuperSport United view, we are delighted to play in this tournament,” said Matthews. “To play against international opposition is always very exciting.
“I have to warn Phil [Alexander, Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Palace Football Club], two years ago we played Manchester City in a pre-season tournament and we beat them. They went on to win the league. I think Man United won the league after they were here in 2012 as well, so we could see Crystal Palace crowned as English champions if that is anything to go by!” said the Matsatsantsa CEO.
Matthews went on the say that the spin-offs from playing against top quality international opposition have been tangible for his club.
“Out of the Man City game, we had a lot of opportunities, both locally and abroad for some of our players. A young player from the Western Cape, Morne Nel, made his debut against Manchester City and has now established a good reputation in the PSL.
“Other players got local moves out of that man City game. Directly, we had opportunities to sell Mame Niang, Kermit Erasmus, George Maluleka, so a fantastic source of revenue for the club to be able to showcase our best players in front of the best opposition.
“Crystal Palace have players like [Yannick] Bolasie, [Jason] Puncheon and [Wilfried] Zaha that have really thrilled us on the screen. It’s going to be fantastic for spectators and players alike to be able to put themselves in front of that kind of opposition.”