Absa Premiership

Comitis: Unfair to expect City to play three days after final

2016-12-14 12:51
John Comitis (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The newly-crowned 2016 Telkom Knockout champions, Cape Town City, suffered a 4-0 defeat to Platinum Stars on Tuesday night, and the club’s chairperson, John Comitis, thinks that he should have made more noise to the PSL about fair play.

The high-flying Mother City-based club were crowned TKO champions after a 2-1 victory over Tshwane giants, SuperSport United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday, December 10.

However, with little time to celebrate their monumental achievement in claiming their first piece of silverware in their inaugural season, City jetted back to Cape Town on Sunday, where they geared up to face Dikwena in an Absa Premiership encounter.

After the heavy defeat, Comitis revealed that he requested a postponement of the fixture against Stars to allow the team enough time to recover from travelling to Polokwane and back to Cape Town.

“Taking nothing away from Platinum Stars... today (Tuesday) we got beaten by the PSL. We could have played the Platinum Stars Diski team... we would have lost,” Comitis said.

“I requested before the final a postponement to this match as it was unfair and unreasonable to expect top sportsmen to play 3 days again after a final... Especially that we were taken to Polokwane 3000km further than SuperSport.”

“The league postponed the SuperSport fixture on Tuesday due to the Sundowns trip to the Club World Cup.. Which has now prejudiced us further for this Fridays encounter with SuperSport.”

“We should rather have played SuperSport at their home ground in Pretoria ..this would have saved us 9 hours on the road.. I don't blame my players. I'm angry that I didn't make a bigger noise about fair play.”

“We take it on the chin, and pray for recovery by Friday to compete at our best which was impossible to do with Platinum Stars,” he concluded.

City next face SuperSport United in a replay of the Telkom Knockout final on Friday, December 16.

Kick off is scheduled for 18:00.

 

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Saturday, 21 September 2019
Stellenbosch v Black Leopards, Athlone Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v Bloemfontein Celtic, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v SuperSport United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Lucas Moripe Stadium 18:00
Wits v Orlando Pirates, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 22 September 2019
Cape Town City v Golden Arrows, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Highlands Park, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
AmaZulu v Kaizer Chiefs, King Zwelithini Stadium 15:00
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