Cape Town and its known unfriendliness towards South African football, was always going to be a strange choice for a cup final.
Then there is the serious matter of Saturday’s Nedbank Cup final between Maritzburg United and Free State Stars at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
There is nothing wrong in moving the cup final around the country unless Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are the participants.
In light of the dastardly events that took place after Free State Stars deservedly got into the final after beating Kaizer Chiefs at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, big games deserve big stadium and more importantly, better security.
With tne finalists being from KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State respectively, crowd attraction is going to be the toughest part for organisers.
Cape Town’s marquee Premier Soccer League game between Ajax Cape Town and Chiefs was well attended but did not bring in the kind of crowd that tricky fixture normally guarantees.
While the lack of stadium eyes will forever be problematic when it comes to the smaller teams, the quality of the finalists cannot be doubted at any stage.
Maritzburg United deserve all the accolades that have come their way this season under their young coach Fadlu Davids.
Their brand of football has been excited and has delivered results.
That is not something that can always be said about South African teams.
The way Maritzburg United started their season has belied how they have finished it.
However, that also highlights how important it is to look at a season from a marathon rather than a middle distance perspective.
Maritzburg United have finished in the top eight for a second consecutive season and beat league champions Mamelodi Sundowns in two out of four encounters this season.
That is seasonal pedigree that has to make an equally formidable Free State Stars stand up and take note of the team of choice.
Under the abrasive but astute stewardship of Luc Eymael, Free State Stars have gone about their business in an unruffled and uncompromising manner.
Towards the end of 2017, Free State Stars were considered to title contenders; a claim that earned more weight when they beat Orlando Pirates at home.
The league marathon though caught up with them but they did enough through the season to earn their top eight spot and final berth
What is also missing in the rubble of the damage caused by Chiefs fans during the semi-final was the fact Chiefs were played off the park.
While teams raise themselves for the Soweto challenge, Free State Stars took the bull by the horns in that fixture. Those who did not know about Harris Tchillimbou will know about him now. The same applies with the likes of Forturne Makaringe, Siphesihle Ndlovu and Lebohang Maboe.
They have been at the heart of everything good done by Maritzburg United. Sometimes football surprises with these unheralded cup final matches but such is the mystery of the beautiful game, these things have to be expected.