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NFD Week 1 Preview – Stevlin Malgas

With the National First Division starting this week, Stevlin Malgas supplies a brief preview of the fixtures

Saturday, 27 August 2016 – 15H00

University of Pretoria v Cape Town All Stars, Tuks Stadium
AmaTuks returns to life in the National First Division, after spending the past four seasons in the PSL. They welcome a promotional-driven Igugu Lekapa who will be gunning for a bright start to their third season in the NFD.

Santos v Mbombela United, Parow Park
The Peoples Team will look to hit the ground running against last season’s surprise package in Tingwenyama. Santos who are on the back of another disappointing season in the NFD, will have to battle it out against Mbombela, whose sights will be to go one better than last season’s play-off finish.

Royal Eagles v Real Kings FC, Harry Gwala Stadium
A baptism of fire will surely be on the cards as the big-spending Eagles welcomes their newly promoted neighbours. There however will be no royal treatment for the Kings as derby action ascends on the KZN province.

Mthatha Bucks v Stellenbosch FC, Mthatha Stadium
The action returns to Mthatha Stadium in what will be a replay of last season’s opening fixture, with both sides gunning for improved performances. Amathol’amnyama will be looking keep last season’s unbeaten home record intact hosting the team formerly known as Vasco Da Gama.

Magesi FC v Thanda Royal Zulu, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
Rookies Magesi gets a taste of life in the NFD as they entertain Amabhubesi in their opening encounter. The Richards Bay-based Thanda will be hoping to stamp their authority early on, to avoid a repeat of last seasons nail bitting relegation battle.

 

Sunday, 28 August 2016 – 15H00

Jomo Cosmos v FC Cape Town, Olen Park Stadium
It’s a return to what could be said to be familiar grounds for Ezenkosi, as coach Sono plots his 4th return to the PSL. A crunch encounter can be expected as Cosmos host the African Beasts, who are also no strangers to the demands of the NFD.

AmaZulu v Black Leopards, Prince Magogo Stadium
Two former PSL sides do battle as Usuthu host Lidoda Duvha, with Zimbabwean tacticians on either side of the field getting their first taste of NFD action. There however will be no time to crawl with promotion to the elite league being high on the agenda of both sides.

Milano United v Witbank Spurs, Boland Rugby Stadium
It’s off to Boland for Eezy my Kinnes as look to avenge last season’s defeat at the hands of Siyavutha. The match day venue will surely be a test for both promotional-driven sides, with the home side scheduled to play their first competitive match at the venue.

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National First Division – Stevlin Malgas

National-First-DivisionThe National First Division is sure to heat up this coming campaign, with no less than seven former PSL-sides having to sweat it out in what is arguably the most competitive league in South Africa as everyone guns for promotion.

Despite the leagues lack of sponsorship and live TV coverage, NFD action has seen steady increase in attendance, with supporters in the Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Eastern Province outnumbering their PSL counterparts.

There has also been an influx of former top tier coaches and players adapting to the demands of the fast paced league, along with adding great value to standard.

The second tier of SA football provides a platform for up and coming footballers to showcase their talent, with some already having caught the eye of national selectors, while others managing moves to the PSL and abroad.

With the start of the 2016-17 season on the horizon, below are the 16 teams that will be looking to rise to the top.

Western Province

Kwa-Zulu Natal Province 

Cape Town All Stars AmaZulu FC
Stellenbosch FC Real Kings
FC Cape Town Royal Eagles
Milano United Thanda Royal Zulu
Santos

Limpopo Province 

Mpumalanga Province 

Black Leopards Mbombela United
Magesi Witbank Spurs

North West Province 

Eastern Province

Jomo Cosmos Mthatha Bucks

Gauteng Province 

University of Pretoria

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Cup holders crash out of Coke – Joe Pillay

Young Idols 2015Defending champions Young Idols reign in a Safa Cape Town’s lucrative and ever-popular Coca-Cola Cup came to an abrupt end on Sunday.
The Manenberg side of Paul “Gazza” Johnson ended their journey at the Bonteheuwel sports complex against three-time crown champions Jamestown United from Athlone LFA.
The Athlone-based side progressed to the Last 16 round by virtue of their 5-3 victory on penalties after the game ended goalless.
Jamestown United, one of a very few clubs who won the Coke Cup three times in 1997, 1998 and 2008 will play Citizens FC from Langa in the next round at the William Herbert sports ground in Wynberg on August 21.
Nevertheless, it would have an insult to injury had Jamestown lost to Young Idols in the penalty shootout!
The Athlone side played like a well drilled oil machine and grafted like students burning the mid-night oil on the eve of the big examination.
With the result Jamestown United showed their opponents no respect at all. They completely dominated the game on the wide and big pitch which as expected Young Idols would find difficult to grasp.
But with in mind, Jamestown failed to find the back of the net. Why? Because they persisted with shots to the goalpost in the air which goalkeeper Ramone Newman dealt with brilliantly instead of testing the keeper with ground shots.
Idols never really tested the Jamestown custodian Abdur-Raaziq Brown because the Athlone side defence kept a tight rope on the opposition forwards, namely Ridaah Reid, Shannon Hendricks, Durand Mitchell and Keith Jansen.
The Jamestown side featured three Paulse brothers – the twin pair of Damien and Daniel and elder brother Denzil, who were the noticeable players among the relatively young side that also included Marawaan “Boontjie” Bantam, Geron Barnes, Graham Opperman and Ryan Brooks.
While Jamestown United deserved to win, Young Idols, who played their first game away from the comfort of their home, the Astro-turf Greens complex in Manenberg – can only dream of what could have been. They were complete out of it as the Athlone side worked non-stop to bring them down to earth.
For Jamestown Marawaan Bantam, Graham Opperman, Daniel Paulse, Geron Barnes and Damien Paulse all converted their spot kicks while Reidewaan Josephs, Lwandile Soboyise and Safwaan Stellenboom scored for Young Idols while goalie Brown saved Keagan Davids’penalty.
The draw fixtures for Last 16 (Sunday, 7 August) is: Florentina vs Young Pirates, Grassy Park United vs Glendene United, Langa Citizens vs Jamestown United, SSS Academy vs Wesley United/Two For Joy, Melchester Rovers vs Silver Spurs, FC Orient vs Beacon Spurs, FCG Hotspurs vs Rygersdal and Stephanian Ottery vs United FC.
The Results
SENIORS
BONTEHEUWEL: Florentina 3, Everton Spurs 1; Grassy Park United 3, Crystal Palace 2; Stephanian Ottery 2, Central 1; Jamestown United 5, Young Idols 3 (penalties, 0-0); FC Orient 5, D&G Orient 4 (penalties, 1-1); Melchester Rovers 4, Spenston 2; Glendene United 2, Ashford Athletic 1.
GRASSY PARK: Silver Spurs 2, TUBS 0; Beacon Spurs 3, Eleven Attackers 1; Citizens 2, Hustlas 1; SSS Academy 3, Wesfleur 2; FCG Hotspurs 2, CT Military 0; Rygersdal 8, TP Shepards 0; United 7, Ace Mates 1; Young Pirates 4, Stanturf United 2 (penalties, 0-0).
UNDER-18
BONTEHEUWEL: Glendene United 2, Project Playground 0; Atlantic Nacional 1, FC Pioneers 0; Blue Downs Spurs 2, Don’t Mess With Texas 1; Hellenic 2, Real Thembisa 0; Everton United 1, Valhalla United 0; Liverpool-Portland 5, Seven Attackers 3; Milano United 2, Abatshana 0; Sporting United 6, Mighty Bucks 0.
GRASSY PARK: Old Mutual Academy 1, SSS Academy 0; Vasco da Gama 3, X1 Swallows 1; Masidlale 2, KTW Black Stars 0; Masithandane 4, Leiden Fusion Spurs 1; Junior Pirates 5, Silver Spurs 3 (penalties, 0-0); Eastern Rovers 2, MPCE 1; Bellville United 6, Archivers FC 5 (penalties, 0-0); Cedar United 4, Woodlands United 2.

Coke Round 64 roundup – Joe Pillay

cokeA rejuvenated Stanturf United side turned the game on its head, fought back remarkably well and silenced their critics with a come from behind 4-3 victory against Strandfontein in a Safa Cape Town’s lucrative and ever-popular Coca-Cola Cup on Sunday.
The all Mitchell’s Plain LFA derby in the round of the Last 64 was game in itself that had a bit of everything including drama in which two players from the Strandfontein side, namely Chad Jones in the first half and Shamiel Young during the second stanza received marching orders from referee Anwar Alexander for a deliberate handball and dangerous play respectively.
The fact that the “Seagulls” were playing on their home turf at the Strandfontein sports complex, they had to be content to finish this high intensity epic game with nine players.
Adding to that, Strandfontein were foolish to be reduced to nine players and no doubt brought it upon themselves – though they gave it their all, they were pressurized by a transformed and aggressive Stanturf side who were equally determine to proceed to the next round.
Nevertheless, Stanturf United victory sees them pitting their skills against Young Pirates of Heideveld LFA on July 24 in the round of the Last 32.
Besides Jeanne Valentyn’s (head coach) Stanturf United, Beacon Spurs is the only other team from Mitchell’s Plain to that have carved their name with pride amongst the surviving contestants while Liverpool-Portland, Juventus, Cedar United Heinz Park, Ashley Rovers, Highlands Park, Juventus and Leeds Lentegeur all joined Strandfontein in making an exit.
Eric Davey, a club official of Stanturf United said the players held their nerve and came back after being 2-1 down to score three goals in the second half and win the game 4-3.
“I think we were just a different side after the changeover and our endurance and skill on the ball were the key factors to our match-winning success,” added Davey.
For the Seagulls Seanleigh Gladden scored a brace and Ian Floris added the third goal while Abdullah Davis, Marlon Opperman (2) and Monray van Niekerk scored for Stanturf United.
Liverpool Portland blew it! After having held a comfortable 2-0 cushion against Grassy Park United, they ended level 3-3 at normal time and lost 7-6 on penalties in an interesting shootout challenge in which both teams were successful with their first five compulsory spot kicks.
In another exciting and see-saw game in which both goalkeepers Kurt Timm (Cedar United) and Nazier Stoffels (FC Orient) were equally to the task and brought off a few point blank and excellent saves that produced good entertainment.
With that in mind FC Orient shaded Cedar United 2-1 and will meet their Manenberg neighbours D&G Orient (who beat Tottenham Hotspurs 1-0) in the next round.
Rushen Abrahams in the no.3 shirt is a livewire and a bundle of energy and it showed on the field as he helped himself to brace – scoring either side of the goalpost with the decisive winning goal coming in the 83rd minute.
Mind you, Cedar United scored first in the first half through Nazeem Cloete while Orient’s Dale America and Gareth Syms caught the eye with good dribbling touches.
Also at Strandfontein, the Athlone LFA side, SSS Academy won the nine-goal contest battle against Heinz Park of Mitchell’s Plain with a 6-3 result.
Super-sub Isma-eel (Gallie) Valentine will be remembered more for scoring five of the goals for SSS Academy.
Meanwhile Young Idols – the defending champs – entered the Last 32, thanks to goals from Durand Mitchell and Shannon Hendricks – they beat Greenwood Athletic 2-1 in Manenberg and will face three-time former champions Jamestown United in their next game.

The grind draw fixtures for Last 32 (Sunday, 24 July) is:

Young Pirates vs Stanturf United, Ashford Athletic vs Glendene United, Hustlas vs Langa Citizens, Wesfleur vs SSS Academy, Wesley United vs Two For Joy, Spenston vs Melchester Rovers, Eleven Attackers vs Beacon Spurs, Everton Spurs t Florentina, FCG Hotspurs vs Cape Town Military, Grassy Park United vs Crystal Palace, Rygersdal vs Delft Badgers, TUBS vs Silver Spurs, Central vs Stephanian Ottery, FC Orient vs D&G Orient, Young Idols vs Jamestown United and United FC vs Ace Mates.

Arising Stars U23 GP vs Lavis

DSCF9551 ii (Medium)The Arising Stars U23 tournament took place on the weekend of the 17-19 June and as expectation was high in what is becoming a very popular event.

With the Bayhill U19 and now the new D&G Greensmile U21 tournaments, the U23 spectacular is the last effort by aspiring players to be seen by local scouts. Of course for many players who are already in a semi pro setup it’s the opportunity to secure themselves in the franchise.

This particular fixture saw, Grassy Park, who recently joined the 2nd division league, take on local side Bishop Lavis. The side from Grassy Park contained many 1st team regulars and were coached by head coach, Theo Hempe.

The experience of Grassy Park almost immediately had its benefit as the team pressed their opponents with intent and applied pressure from the start. Jumah Swabu, the Grassy Park striker, scored his side’s first goal in the 5th minute after Dylan Isaacs played the ball in the channel and a wide player collected the pass to deliver the assist for Swabu.

The next few minutes saw Bishop Lavis trying their best to get into the game but were guilty of not stringing much passes together and struggled with the pace of their opponents. The rest of the half had Grassy Park applying pressure but unable to finish off the opportunities created while Bishop Lavis were gaining confidence a they moved forward with long passes over their opponents midfield.

5 minutes into the second half and Grassy Park were 2 nil up after they scored from a set piece which was not cleared by the Bishop Lavis defence.  The rest of the second half was dominated by Grassy Park with Bishop Lavis not giving up but unfortunately were guilty of making the wrong decisions in attack and failing to clear in defence.

The match ended in 4-1 in favour of Grassy Park with Morne Breda of Bishop Lavis scoring from the spot in the last minute of the game.

Coaching vs poaching

img_2188A recent grassroots survey revealed a whopping 89% of teams have had a player approached by another coach to play for them.

We asked why the craze towards poaching the best players from the area to create an elite team, who does this benefit? Is it best for the kids? Is it to feed a coaches ego to win everything?

I recall a conversation 2 years ago between 2 under 7 coaches at the end of season presentation. Whilst discussing plans for their respective under 8 season one coach said he was to advertise in local papers and social media for trials as he had a few “weak links” he wanted to bring in players who were better.
The second coach challenged this and said he thought it was wrong to have a team at this age for so long and then have trials to ultimately have them replaced.
He said a coach’s job is to coach, develop and nurture his players, and not to cast aside kids he has and poach other team’s kids for a better team. This he argued was not coaching.

Both coaches continued the debate for a while but could not agree.

Ultimately the trials happened and about 60% of the team changed, again he did this from U8s to U9s and was in his eyes extremely successful winning leagues/tournaments and cups.

At U10s things began to change, knowing that their own children’s positions on the team were constantly at threat, parents began turning their back on the trophies and uncertainty and instead turned towards consistency and certainty, the penny had dropped.

This wasn’t a sustainable or happy team, it was filled with stressed children worried about their place.

No child should have to have this worry, what had started off as something for the kids had turned into an ego trip for the coach.

The good news is that poachers are uncommon. Over time, clubs and parents figure things out as the poacher’s methods wear thin.
The short-term benefits of a league or Cup is overcome by the poacher’s reputation and remember if you playing for a poacher’s team, your very place on the team is under threat at all times.

If your child has a coach, and not a poach, take a moment to thank him or her for doing things the right way because ultimately something much more than football is at stake and a coach knows this, your child’s happiness and wellbeing.

And in the end, the U-7s premier or U-10s holiday park tournament won’t be nearly as important as the good character your coach displayed each day for your son or daughter.

Source: Grassroots football.uk

Make or break for some teams

With about 6 games to go it’s that time of the season where results for some of the teams are crucial for their status in the league.

Shockwaves are hosting HBUFC at Site C and the away side are counting on the Booth magic to continue and record another vital win to distance themselves from the drop zone. Last week former Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth spent a week with the HBUFC side to inspire the boys and give some valuable tips for their success. Shockwaves on the other hand are sitting at mid table area but the win could possibly take them into the top 5 mix.

Current champions and current log leaders, Jomos Powers are home to a tough D&G Orient at Saxon Sea Sports Complex. The Orient side have lost their way a bit but have some good form coming into the match. For Jomos it will be business as usual as they continue to attempt to pick up the 3 valuable points and maintain their lead on the rest of the pack.

Jumbo Giants will be playing for their lives as they face fellow relegation contenders, Battswood at Telkom Park on Saturday. The Wynberg side pulled off a surprising victory last week when they beat Junction Rovers 4-0 and will be hoping for the same or better when they line up against Giants. The home side have been unable to register positive results in their last few games and need this one to give them any hope of survival.

Rebels will fancy their chances against a struggling Spice 4 Life as they host the Milnerton side at 4pm at Site C. Rebels are currently in third spot and will want to keep the pressure on the top 2. Second placed Riverside Rangers are home in Avonwood and will face Bayhill United at a 3:30PM kick off time. It’s a chasing game for Riverside as they are 5 points behind Jomos and the win will bring them closer to the champions.

Plenty of exciting matches on the cards for the weekend so go out and support local football:

TIME FIELD VENUE HOME TEAM AWAY TEAM
14h00 A Site C Stadium, Lingelethu Shockwaves HBUFC
15h00 A Saxon Sea Sports Complex Jomo Powers D & G Orient
15h00 A Bontehewuel Sports Complex South End Two Oceans Academy
15h00 A UWC UWC FC Silver Spurs
15h30 A Telkom Park Sports Complex Jumbo Giants Battswood
15h00 A Heideveld Sports Complex Junction Rovers Bellstar
16h00 A Site C Stadium, Lingelethu Rebels FC Spice4Life
15h30 A Avonwood Sports Complex Riverside Rangers Bayhill United

Double header weekend sees action on and off the pitch

log shortform 7 march 2016Double header weekends in any league are crucial for teams taking part as it’s a potential 6 point haul or can turn out to be a nightmare weekend if no points are collected.

The latter was the case for Junction Rovers and Battswood this weekend as neither side took advantage of the points on offer. More crucial for Battswood though as that the Wynberg side are now facing the reality of relegation with only 1 win from 18 games and holding up the log table, they need a Houdini act to get out of this one. They were defeated 1-0 at home by Silver Spurs on Saturday with Luigi Hendricks scoring for the visitors and lost 3-0 away to Riverside Rangers on Sunday.

Junction Rovers probably put themselves out of contention for challenging the league title after recording 2 losses the weekend. A 6 point grab would have seen them at 3rd on the log table but instead they drop to 7th from last week’s 5th position. On Saturday Junction lost 5-1 to an inconsistent UWC side while succumbed to the log leaders, Rebels, 3-2 on Sunday.

One of the other relegation contenders, HBUFC, was not able to collect the maximum points but did however collect a valuable 2 points as they drew both their matches. Both games were against tough opposition with the Sunday game needing a gutsy performance to come from behind and draw with Jumbo giants 4-4. Captain Newton Constant added his name to the score sheet as he led his side to the dramatic draw against their closest rivals. Giants, who are in 13th place, are now 1 point ahead of the Hout Bay side.

Spice 4 life recorded their 2nd win of the season against a then 4th placed South End. This must have been one of the most surprising results as South End have recorded good results of late and have the highest goal scorer, Ashlyn Tait (16goals), in their side. The win lifts Spice 4 Life of the foot of the table and gives Coach Fortune and his team a glimmer of hope to survive their first season in the league.

South End on the other hand experienced an unsavoury and dangerous incident on Saturday which might have left the players somewhat unfocussed on the Sunday. According to sources at the match on Saturday a suspected gang related incident resulted in a male being shot just outside the premises, causing the match to be stopped and was not continued. South End were 1 nil up against Riverside Rangers with approximately 20 minutes left in the game.

Current champions, Jomos Power ensured the chase was on for their successive title when they collected maximum points, beating Jumbo Giants 1-0 on Saturday and Bellstar United 2-0 on Sunday. Goals scored in both games for Jomos were, Yusuf Maart, Nathaniel Van Graan and Wayne Hare.

Silver Spurs and Two Oceans Academy played to a 2 all draw on Saturday with goals being scored by Clayton Edem and Rashaad Du Plooy for Silver Spurs and Reez Van Wyk and Mobeen Abrahams for Two Oceans.

D&G Orient continued their good run of late and beat Bayhill United 3-0 at the Greens on Saturday and drew their away game on Sunday 1-1 with UWC.

For the rest of the results go to www.the4thmoment.co.za

Rebels stay top and Spurs victorious in derby

Rebels solidified their lead on the log on Saturday when they convincingly beat UWC 3-0 in Khayelitsha. 2nd placed and closest rivals, Jomos Powers could only salvage a draw against a confident South End team, resulting in Rebels having a 3 point lead at the summit.

In Heideveld the Rygate derby played to an unexpected result when on form Junction Rovers suffered their second loss of the season against neighbours, Silver Spurs. Spurs played most of the 2nd half with 10 men as stalwart, Cheslyn Tajoodien, suffered a serious injury to his face and had to be rushed to hospital. All substitutions were made at halftime and therefore no further replacement was allowed.
Sources close to the team management report that the injury is so severe that it might cause the end of Tajoodien’s 3rd division football career. Clayton Edem and Elrico Cornelisen scored for the winning team while Shafiek Serelina netted for Junction Rovers.

D&G Orient got back to winning ways when they defeated a struggling Spice 4 Life 3-0 in Dunoon on Saturday. The Manenberg team received a huge wakeup call 3 weeks ago when they were beaten by 7 goals against Junction Rovers and managed 2 draws since then so, the win over Spice 4 Life might be the proverbial corner they hope to turn to get their season back on track.

Newcomers, South End continued their impressive run in the league when they earned an away draw in Atlantis against current champions, Jomos Powers. Clement Fortuin and Romano Kotze scored for Jomos while Ashlyn Tait and Ettiene Isaacs each scored for the visitors. Tait’s brace brings his goal tally to 16 for the season so far.

William Herbert was the venue for 2 teams battling against relegation and fighting to stay in the league. Battswood and HBUFC squared off in what was a heated battle and the proof of this was evident with 3 send offs taking place in the match. Two red cards for Battswood and one for the away side. HBUFC eventually emerged victors with a 2-1 score line and a valuable 3 points.

The match between Bayhill United and Jumbo Giants did not take place as it is reported that Giants did not have an away kit required to prevent the clash of colours. The home side were awarded the points but chances are that we haven’t heard the end of this one.

The only Sunday fixture over the weekend was at Avonwood where Riverside Rangers hosted Shockwaves from Khayelitsha. The visitors ran out 1-0 victors securing their 9th spot on the log whereas Riverside maintains their 3rd place on the standings.

Bellstar and Two Oceans academy played to a 1-1 draw at Symphony Park on Saturday.

This weekend is a double header weekend and with all teams hoping to pick up maximum points you can bet the action will be heated.

Junction thrash neighbours

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The highlight of this past weekend results in the 3rd division has to be the 7-0 thrashing of high flying new comers D&G Orient by the experienced Heideveld based side, Junction Rovers. D&G Orient were placed in 2nd spot about 4 weeks ago and now find themselves at mid table after 5 winless games. (1 draw and 4 losses). Rovers on the other hand are always tough contenders in this league and the win moves them up to 3rd place.
Newly promoted South End continued their good run with their 4th win in a row by beating UWC 2-0. The win moves South End up 5 places to 4th and cementing UWC in 12th.
Log leaders Jomos Power made easy work of long time rivals, Silver Spurs beating them 3-1. Spurs have been inconsistent of late whereas Jomos are continuing to produce the results after their last 2 losses in mid January. Bayhill managed to score a late winner at William Herbert to record a win against a struggling Battswood side. The Wynberg side are in the relegation zone but still have enough time to work their way out and survive. Bayhill move up 1 spot to 9th and will count on home advantage to win their next game in Rocklands against Bellstar.
Bellstar could only manage a draw against the team holding up the log table, Spice 4 life. The draw caused Bellstar to move down from 3rd to 5th.
Rebels are showing that they are real contenders for the league as they thrashed Two Oceans academy 4-1 and the win keeps them in touch with the log leaders.
Other results were: Jumbo Giants 1 shockwaves 1 and Riverside 1 HBUFC 0.