Mateo Manousakis has been cheering on the Cape Town City Football Club for years now and during the lockdown, his good spirit has brought joy to thousands of South Africans.
Cape Town, South Africa (18 November 2020) – Fans of football teams are some of the most loyal and interesting people you will meet in the world. You name a football team, and there will be a group of people that know every detail about every player and all the songs to boot! Mateo Manousakis is a super fan of the Cape Town City Football Club, so much so he is their official mascot.
Cape Town City FC became a reality in 2016 through the vision of local businessman and former professional soccer player John Comitis. The team is an all-inclusive one, drawing talents from all the areas surrounding Cape Town City, such as Nyanga, Cape Flats and the CBD.
The supporters also represent the rich diversity that is South Africa. All have one thing in common, their love for Cape Town City FC. The club even has philanthropic ties within the supporter communities.
According to their website, the community development project DreamClub100 includes and empowers all amateur youth clubs in Cape Town, creating lasting relationships, while giving youth in Cape Town a clear path to achieving their professional football dreams at Cape Town City FC.
This determination and inclusivity are what has seen the club create success in such a short time as well as a story that the entire country continues to fall in love with. Family Night Football used to be a tradition in the Cape and Cape Town City FC is resurrecting that tradition by playing home games right in the heart of the City at the iconic Cape Town Stadium. This is a ritual that Cape Town City FC believes is finally uniting the city in football. This is a club with a difference – one that works closely with the City of Cape Town and the wider communities to truly engage and create a football team as unique and diverse as the city it calls home.
One can witness this in action with young Mateo. His presence as the mascot in the team unites all Capetonians and more recently, all South Africans.
Since the club matches have been paused due to COVID-19, they have been sharing throwback posts and the one of Mateo and the team singing prior to a match has everyone in SA talking! Take a look below.