The week that was – ABC Motsepe

No surprise results of this past weekend in the #ABCMotsepeLeague_WC as teams consolidate their positions on the log.

Thursday was the start of the New Year schedule where Grassy Park United found it tough to tame a motivated Jomos Power at NY49. The team from Atlantis have all to play for as they lay at the foot end of the log and are desperate to save their status. The encounter was physical and at times very open as both teams prepared to attack and exploit the opponent’s defence.
Ultimately GP ended up scoring 2 goals without a reply from the visitors and with the win keep on track for the title.

United FC received a major dent in their battle to survive relegation when they were convincingly beaten 6-0 by The Magic. Great win for the newly appointed coach of The Magic, David Kannemeyer. The match also saw Thurlo Moosa score a hat trick and both teams ending the match with 10 men.

Royal Blues travelled to Hout Bay where they lost to a HBUFC side looking to repair their season. After a great start to their first campaign the Hout Bay team derailed slightly but started their New Year with a victory in an attempt to get back on track. Gavin Hammers scored for the home side.

The highly anticipated derby between Zizwe and Ace FC took place on Friday night at a packed Nyanga astro turf. The football on display was appreciated by the crowd and many left the field agreeing that the 1-1 result was a fair reflection of the game. Both sides displayed some attractive football and neither gave an inch but the result does lessen the grip by Ace FC on the top spot as they now share the no.1 position with GP with Steenberg close in 3rd.

Ikapa Sporting continue to struggle this season with a defeat against Ajaxct at Ikamva on Saturday. The young Urban Warriors won 3-2 securing their mid table spot in the league. Last season Ikapa were in 4th position around the same time but now find themselves in 11th position, 5 points clear from the relegation zone.

Santos have found stability and recorded a win on Saturday against newcomers D&G Orient in Lansdowne. The people’s team secure their 10th spot with the 1 nil victory while D&G drop 1 place to 9th.

With the Nedbank Semi finals taking place this weekend, league action will be on a minimum with only 4 games taking place. The HBUFC have a tough assignment as they host ACE FC but Coach Bradley August will relish the challenge to exploit the log leader’s weaknesses and look for an upset.

Year End Round Up!!

The yearend breaks in the #ABCMotsepeLeague_WC (2nd) and the #sableague (3rd) are upon us and we take a brief look and recap of the season so far.
There is no doubt that the competition in both leagues this season is tougher than it’s been in a while as we’ve witnessed surprising results as the weeks have progressed. The points difference among the top 4 in both leagues are marginal and no clear favourite is visible.
The availability of former NFD players from relegated teams have had a major effect on both leagues as team bosses make room in their squads for these players. Affected directly is the ABC Motsepe League where the spread of players who participated in the NFD last year are visible in some teams.
2nd division new comers Ace FC have established themselves as a serious contender so far by taking the number 1 spot and holding on to it. The Khayalitsha based team however had their world shook when they hosted Grassy Park United in Nyanga a couple of weeks ago. On an evening which delighted fans from both sides because of entertainment value it was clear that the home side had plenty of kinks in their armour. Ace eventually forced a 2-2 draw and with that maintained their log position at the summit. However in the post mortem of the match, the Ace FC coach was fired with many reasons being speculated but sanity prevailed as he was rehired 2 days later. The log leaders ended their season with a bang as they put the saga behind them by scoring 7 goals against last placed Jomos Power in their last match before the break.
The SAB League has been a similar story as Greenwood Athletic, also newcomers, has been in the top spot since almost the start of the season. The promoted side have managed to rally the community players and create a team which contains experience, youth, flair and that never say die attitude which the club is known for. Although some of their performances have not been up to the quality which they can deliver, the team still collected maximum points in 6 of their 8 games. Greenwood also managed to reach the final of the Nedbank Cup for its division but lost out to Silver Spurs who represented the region at the playoffs. Silver Spurs also handed Greenwood their first loss of in the league when they defeated them 3-2 at Hickory Road, Athlone.
With only 4 points difference between the top 5 in the SAB League, it will be tough to call a clear favourite although many are predicting that FN Rangers, Silver Spurs or Greenwood will be one of the teams taking the league this year. Rangers are contending in their second consecutive season and have been more consistent this time, suffering their only loss in the very first match of the season to Greenwood. Spurs on the other hand have dropped points which might count against them later on as they’ve drawn 4 matches in 9 games and recorded 1 loss.
In the ABC Motsepe League, The Magic have made a better start to their season compared to previous years. The Magic have added some powerful acquisitions to the squad and the benefits are in the results. Currently occupying 4th spot, and at a stage in 1st, Magic is expected to be a contender in the New Year. The team has changed considerably since last season so their accomplishments have been an achievement and the longer they play together, the better they will become as a unit. David Kannemeyer, the ex PSL player and recently head coach of NFD outfit, Cape Town All Stars, has joined the technical team of The Magic and time will tell if his influence will be a benefit for the squad.
Regular league contenders Steenberg United have quietly gone about their business but hit a slight bump when they lost to a struggling D&G Orient side at the Greens. The loss effectively prevented them from taking the top spot as they are 2 points adrift and occupy 2nd place. Steenberg are one of the more of the consistent teams in the league and it would be surprising if they are not in with chance come end of the season.
The bottom end of the log has teams like Jomos Power and United FC struggling to avoid the relegation zone. Jomos Power, based in Atlantis, has an almost unchanged team for the past few years and is limited with resources. The team is capable of displaying some attractive football but seem to be out of luck this season and not obtaining the results. Both United FC and Jomos are playing in their second consecutive season in the league after they won promotion from the SAB League and if their fate remains unchanged, they might find themselves back in the 3rd division.
As we reported on a previous post, the SAB League has had quite an abnormal start to its season as the league started with only 15 teams. The reason was because of an outstanding DC case which stems from the LFA playoffs of last year. All that has now been settled and after a 2 match playoff series, Bluegum United from Bonteheuwel is the 16th team in the league. Bluegum will have to hit the ground running as they have 9 games to catch up on besides playing their scheduled matches. It’s going to be quite a task for the club and technical team but the community of Bonteheuwel are hopeful that the only team from Bonteheuwel in the league will rise above the challenges and survive.
Other newbies in the SAB League are Kuilsriver AFC, who is making their mark with their passing brand of football, Citizens who are from Langa and currently in 9th place and Goal 50 who are from Heideveld.

The season for both leagues resume in January. Check out our Calender for all fixtures:

Rebels force away draw

A windy Heideveld astro turf was the venue for the @sableague clash between hosts Junction Rovers and Rebels on Saturday. It was noticeable how damaged the fencing around the field was since we were last there about 1 ½ years ago, and plenty of broken glass bottles which surrounded the field. One can’t help to wonder if we don’t take ownership of our facilities, will it be useable in a few years.

Junction started the match with the wind at their back and had most of the possession by the 15 minute mark. Neither team were able to settle as the home side created most of their opportunities from broken play while Rebels attempted to build up from the back to combat the wind element and managed to create very few chances.

Junction had the last opportunity to go ahead just before the halftime break but Keenan Bailey was unable to make contact in the area from a free kick by Taahir Jumat.
The Rebels team managed to string some good passing interchanges together but created no real threat to Carlo Jones, the Rovers keeper.

Rovers were quick to create their first opportunity in the second half when Shuaib Dalvie delivered a good cross but Armondre Gallant failed to find the target with his header. Rebels responded in attack when Lusanda Paliso skied a Mzuvukile Rilityana layoff.

Both teams started showing some urgency and the tempo of the game was raised making the match a more open and fluid affair.

Rebels struck first blood when goalkeeper, Siphosethu Folomane, cleared the ball over the halfway line and found Siyabuka Manisi who took control and found the back of the net, beating the Rovers keeper. 

The home side responded well and applied the pressure with Shuaib Dalvie combining with substitute Shafiek Serelina who took his shot but was saved by Folomane. Rovers showed more of how they could play by providing some good passing combinations in their build up.

Since the inclusion of Serelina, the Junction team looked threatening and the lively player received a just reward when he scored his team’s equalizer in the 40th minute. Coach Deweber slightly changed his formation and pushed up left back Taahir Jumat who assisted in Serelina’s goal. A minute later Jumat again assisted in his side’s next goal when Jassiem Brown latched onto a Jumat cross and scored to put his side ahead.

With only a few minutes left, Rebels were left chasing the game and increased the pressure especially after a Junction player was red carded making them 1 less player to defend.

Rebels substitute Khunga Qolo equalised after Rovers failed to clear a goalmouth scramble in the dying moments of the game.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Hanover Park defeat positive Kuilsriver

Hanover Park’s Ganief Kariem halts Jisreel Scheepers from Kuilsriver

Had an opportunity to pop in at Hickory road to check out the second half between Hanover Park and Kuilsriver AFC on Saturday. At halftime the Hanover Park side were 1 nil up after Muneer Davids scored in the first half.

It was evident that Park had the more direct approach while Kuilsriver chose to be patient with their build up and look for the penetrating pass to their forwards. The Hanover Park defenders led by Laryo Mamba, had the visitors in check as they were able to nullify the attacks and were dominant with the aerial balls. The right back of Hanover Park, Ganief Kariem, delivered a solid performance as he cut out any danger from the flanks and also assisted his team in attack.

On the right wing for Hanover Park was a familiar diminutive figure of ex pro Salman King. The little maestro was doing his best to make an impact from wide to put his side on attack. King, who hails from Mitchells Plain, is well known for his time at Santos FC in the PSL but also had stints at Ajaxct, Maritzburg, Free State Stars and Cape Town All Stars.

Kuilsriver in possession

Most of the 2nd half was dominated by the possession of the visitors. The midfield combination of Kuilsriver ensured control and tempo of the match. Winray Rooi, the Kuilsriver attacker, impressed but was let down by some poor decision making in the final third.

With the home team defending deep and relying on the counter attack, not many chances were created and those that were, were dealt with swiftly by the Kuilsriver defence.

Ex pro, Salman King in action for Hanover Park

For Kuilsriver it was a game where they were unable to capitalise on their possession and inexperience was shown with decision making in the final third. The side provides entertaining passing football with the final pass lacking.

On the other hand, Hanover Park showed their experience by managing the game and remaining calm even when under attack. Marlon Johnson, the Park goalkeeper, wasn’t called into action that often and mostly because of communication with his back 4.

The match ended 1 – 0 to Hanover Park securing 5th spot on the log while Kuilsriver drop from 6th to 10th.

1 short as SAB League gets underway

This week the SAB league kicks off with some controversy. Fifteen of the sixteen team league have been confirmed and are preparing to do battle for promotion this season except one.

This year sees no less than 7 new teams entering the league because of relegation, promotion and sale of franchises. At the time of this league preview there are talks of another SAB League status up for grabs which would have half of the league participants being different to last year’s.

Let’s see if we can unravel all the craziness.

Firstly we have the teams which were relegated from the ABC Motsepe League namely, Milano, Devonshire and Cultural Roots. Three teams were relegated last year in the ABC Motsepe because of relegation in the NFD of Santos and with ABC Motsepe champions, Zizwe not gaining promotion to NFD.
Now, two of the 3 relegated teams from ABC Motsepe are not taking part in the SAB League this year:
Milano sold their status to Bayview FC from Strandfontein
Devonshire Rovers sold their status to Goal 50 from Heideveld
Cutural Roots will contest in the SAB League after their relegation.

Other status sales which allow newbies in the league are:
D&G Orient sold to Citizens as the Hanover Park team (D&G) is now competing in the ABC Motsepe League
Blaauwberg, who did so well last year, sold to Kuilsriver AFC

Greenwood Athletic makes their long awaited return to the SAB League after securing promotion last year.

Here comes the spanner in the works; Juventus of Greater Philippi LFA made it to the final of the playoff last year and thereby qualifying for the SAB League this year but, Connoisseur Spurs and Bluegum lodged protests against the club for fielding an ineligible player at the playoffs.

After DC hearing and arbitration with outcomes being found this week the end result is as follows:
Bluegum United and Masidlale, which were in the group with Juventus at the playoffs, will play each other and the winner of that match will play Connoisseur Spurs. This will determine who takes part in the SAB League this year.

So, for the next couple of weeks whoever is fixtured to play the promoted team will be on bye and have to play in those matches at a later date.

Fixtures kickoff this Friday with derby action between Silver Spurs and Junction Rovers at Hickoty Road.
Check all the fixtures on the website

 

Coke Cup final has a derby affair – J Pillay

Very few would have imagined Rygersdal FC the newly crowned Premier League double cup league and knockout champions of the Cape Town Tygerberg LFA after an abysmal showing last year is now standing on the threshold of annexing the treble.
Brent Raven (coach) has worked wonders in his first season with the players at the Rygersdal and are heavy favourites going into Saturday’s Safa Cape Town’s lucrative and prestigious Coca-Cola Cup Final.
For sure, this Cape Town Tygerberg-derby between Rygersdal FC and Hanover Park FC (affectionately known as Brasse vanni Park) will undoubtedly see a game of football with fighting qualities in all that appealing trademark style of technical, attractive play, coupled with an exciting brand of lethal counter-attacking football in the offering.
The fans are surely ought to see some unforgettable soccer in the Athlone Stadium when the spotlight will be on winners prize of the R35 000 and whom of the two teams will basked in Coke Cup glory.
When Rygersdal and Hanover Park met for the first time this season, the Rygers-side dismantled Franklyn Davies Brasse vanni Park at Central Park in Northpine on the 8th April 3-1 and shared the spoils 2-2 on the 8th July in Rondebosch in a second round Premier League match – so how do one expect if any will things change so much?
Many have cited Rygers shift from a back four to a back three as the key to their success and of course, that has played a big part. They have certainly showed the mettle in the Coke Cup competition and their winning run in the Premier League of late in the process – showing that defensive stability is essential to succeed in the Premier League.
Soccer is a game that is about more than one player. It’s about more than just the 11 on the pitch; it’s about the entire playing squad and coaching staff. However, Hanover Park’s deadly striker, Clinton “Firgo” Emmanuel has proven this year how influential one player can be.
The contrasting playing styles of Rygers and Brasse vanni Park are crucial to what bettors can expect for the Coke Cup final on Saturday. Despite the importance of the occasion, Brent Raven’s team will be full of confidence and can play as they have done all season. Hanover Park, on the other hand, desperately need some silverware to save their season and will be under pressure to deliver.
With Rygersdal (2006) and Hanover Park (2009 and 2012) having won the coveted Coke Cup before and are cup pedigree specialist that over the 21 year history to date of the knockout prime event have featured with distinction in either reaching a quarter-final, if not semi or a place in the cup final.
Both these mentors, Brent Raven and Franklyn Davies herald a unique philosophy of coaching methods that has in particular brought great success in progressing thus far and it is expected that either would want to differ from the game plan that has propelled them to the last two of the competition.
One thing’s for sure, this Coke Cup contest is destined to be a knockout occasion full of that “enigmatic drama” that makes the cup so magical, and memorable for Cape footy fans.
Nonetheless, the Brasse vanni Park supporters believe in their tried and tested bunch of experience players, which includes midfielder, Alfonso Topley, goalkeeper Marlon Johnson, together with their forwards, Clinton “Firgo” Emmanuel, Layro Mamba and Shahied Maloy prowling the goal area like a fox on the run – could pose a threat to Cheslyn Ravens between the sticks.
While Rygersdal will back themselves as a team loaded with dynamite in Abdul Wagiet Damon, Jaaber Delport, Yusuf Abrahams, Shamiel Philander, Vaughn Jacobs and Ferial Abrahams that can on any day produce the magic and fireworks on the field of play. Thus their opponents will have to make sure that they cover their defensive lines and that Colin Moos and his mates are nice and tight and in command.
Adding to the thrills will be women’s clash between RV United and Cape Town Roses.
While Roses have won the Coke Cup on four occasions and RV United once in 2015 when they defeated Spurs Ladies (2-0), they however, will be playing in their fourth cup final respectively.
A new champion in the boys under-18 age group will be crown and it is any guess whom the punters will place their bets on – though Dominic Isaacs’ Hout Bay United is looking awesome and firm favourites to topple Avendale Athletico for the silverware and R20 000 richer purse.
The Programme
Saturday, 14 October
Athlone Stadium
Boy’s u-18 (11:00): Hout Bay United vs Avendale Athletico.
Women (12:45): Cape Town Roses vs RV United.
Men (15:00): Rygersdal vs Hanover Park.
Allocated Prize Money
Boy’s u-18: Winner R20 000 and Losing Finalist R15 000
Women: Winner R15 000 and Losing Finalist R10 000
Men: Winner R35 000 and Losing Finalist R20 000
The list of the Coca-Cola Cup championship winners
Men
1996 – Liverpool Portland
1997 – Jamestown United
1998 – Jamestown United
1999 – Origan Spurs
2000 – Liverpool Portland
2001 – Premier United
2002 – Premier United
2003 – Leeds Lentegeur
2004 – Milano United
2005 – Premier United
2006 – Rygersdal
2007 – Woodlands United
2008 – Jamestown United
2009 – Hanover Park
2010 – JL Zwane
2011 – Central
2012 – Hanover Park
2013 – Jordan Callies
2014 – Silver Spurs
2015 – Young Idols
2016 – Young Pirates
Women
2007 – Cape Town Roses
2008 – Red Eagles
2009 – Cape Town Roses
2010 – Santos
2011 – Cape Town Roses
2012 – Cape Town Roses
2013 – UWC
2014 – Vasco da Gama
2015 – RV United
2016 – UWC
Boys
2006 – Ajax Cape Town
2007 – Young Romans
2008 – Ajax Cape Town
2009 – Santos
2010 – Ajax Cape Town
2012 – JL Zwane
2013 – Ajax Cape Town
2014 – Ajax Cape Town
2015 – Masidlale Academy
2016 – Glendene United

Coke Cup heads to end game – J.Pillay

FC Tafelzucht, along with four former champions – Rygersdal, Woodlands United, Hanover Park and Silver Spurs – were propelled to the last 16 round of Safa Cape Town’s lucrative and popular Coca-Cola Cup.
In the much-anticipated Mitchell’s Plain derby at the Rooikraans sports complex in Grassy Park on Sunday FC Tafelzucht beat Leeds Lentegeur 1-0.
The start of the game was dominated by ZuchtPower, whose target man Sawaal Lakay (in the no. 9 jersey) had clear opportunities to score in the first 45 minutes.
However, the defence of Leeds remained solid at the back.
The Leeds goalkeeper made some good saves to keep Lakay at bay while the defence was at its best in keeping striker Lance Adams out of the game for most of the first half.
De’Heago Kleinhans, in goal for Zucht, was not that busy in the first half but in the second half Leeds shifted into attacking mode and Kleinhans had to made some good saves.
Barry Africa, manager of FC Tafelzucht, substituted Cleveland Abrahams and brought on Jason Cupido.
Then the Zucht side started to put pressure on Leeds from the right wing and the defence started to crack.
In the second half Leeds continued to use counter attacks which resulted in a dangerous header by striker Rafiq Nell, but his attempt went over the cross bar.
FC Tafelzucht grabbed what turned out to be the winning goal five minutes before full-time.
Their roving midfielder, Ebrahiem Theunissen, took a long range shot from a rebound following a mistake by the central defender.
His match winner separated the two sides – the one team he led on the victory path and the other he sent packing with his lethal boot.
Africa and his upbeat Zucht charges are on a high but if they are to continue making leeway they will have to make sure they make full use of scoring opportunities.
The ZuchtPower side are up against Manenberg-based Crystal Palace in Sunday’s last 16 encounter.
After Palace destroyed United Brothers from Nyanga 11-2, they would want to prove that their goal feast of a victory was not just a flash in the pan.
The 2006 cup holders, Rygersdal, had to rely on kicks from the penalty spot to eliminate Clover FC from the race.
The triumphant Rygersdal side defeated Clover FC 4-3 on penalties after the game ended in a 3-3 draw at the Heideveld sports complex.
Hanover Park FC, who have won the Coke Cup twice (2009 and 2012), broke the hearts of the home fans in Bonteheuwel when the “Brasse vanni Park” nailed Bluegum United 3-2.
Woodlands United (2007 champions) won the penalty shootout by a 4-2 margin after their clash with Kuils River ended 1-1.
Silver Spurs, having been 2014 champions, are in full flight and determined to bask in cup glory again after their convincing 4-1 win against Royal Chiefs. 
Results . Grassy Park: FC Tafelzucht 1, Leeds Lentegeur 0; Wanderers FC 4, Chelsea AU 0; Crystal Palace 11, United Brothers 2; Glen¬dene United 2, FC Cafda 1; Strandfontein 3, Celtic FC 1.
. Bonteheuwel: Greenwood Athletic 3, Liverpool-Portland 2 (penalties, 1-1); Woodlands United 4, Kuils River 2 (penalties, 1-1); Hanover Park 3, Bluegum United 2; Silver Spurs 4, Royal Chiefs 1.
. Heideveld: Rygersdal 4, Clover FC 3 (penalties, 3-3); Southampton 3, SSS Academy 0 (last 64 match); Valhalla United 5, Y2K FC 4 (penalties, 1-1).
. Telkom Park: FCG Hotspurs 3, Blaauwberg United 2 (penalties, 0-0); Durbanville 3, Two Oceans Academy 2; D&G Orient 2, Jumbo Giants 1; Primrose Park 3, Dunoon YSA 2.
Last 16 fixtures on Sunday: FC Tafelzucht vs Crystal Palace, Strandfontein vs Glendene United, Hanover Park FC vs Wanderers FC, D&G Orient vs Primrose Park FC, Durbanville vs Woodlands United, Valhalla United vs Rygersdal FC, FCG Hotspurs vs Silver Spurs and Greenwood Athletic vs Hustlaz/Southampton.

Picture Credit: Rashied Isaacs

NFD – 6 looking to make it big…..- Stevlin Malgas

With the start of the 2017-18 National First Division season on my doorstep, it will only be fair for me to firstly open the door to the massive six additions to what should be a cracker of a season.

For starters let’s kick-off with a team that makes its return after spending a season in the land of milk and honey, then digging into the massive or technically said five rookies.
So it’s back to life in the NFD for Highlands Park, their return to the elite league was short-lived, as the Lions of the North finished in 16 position on the PSL table resulting in a straight drop in division.

On the up after graduating from the ABC Motsepe league is Uthongathi FC who are also known as the Cane Cutters from Tongaat, a town in the KZN province. There will also be a return to NFD action in the Free State as the City of Roses will be represented by Super Eagles FC – PS not to be twisted with Nigeria.

Now let’s talk money or should I sales and purchases, getting the ball rolling was 2016-17 NFD champs who sold their PSL status to now former NFD-side Amazulu, This resulted in Usuthu’s status being up for the taking and in stepped the newly formed Richards Bay FC.

Moving down the coast, two Cape-sides in FC Cape Town and Milano United have opted to sell due to being unable to compete with the demands of the league – opening up the door for Ubuntu Cape Town a football academy in the Southern Suburbs of the Mother City, while Eezy my Kinnes status was bought by a Limpopo-based ABC Motsepe side known as Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

Six additions along with the province they’ll represent.
Highlands Park – Gauteng
Uthongathi FC – KwaZulu-Natal
Super Eagles FC – Free State
Richards Bay FC – KwaZulu-Natal
Ubuntu Cape Town – Western Cape
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila – Limpopo

by StevlinProNFD

Special Feature:HBUFC & Bradley August – Part 2

The Greensmile U21 tournament –Turning point
Before the SAB/ABC Motsepe playoffs the team took part in the Greensmile U21 tournament in Manenberg. It was their debut entry and HBUFC were looking to impress with a mixture of their U18 and SAB players.
Although their performances showed loads of potential, they were highly disappointed after exiting the tournament without scoring a single goal in their group matches.
Dominic Isaacs, the former Ajax stalwart, was by now part of the technical team after having a short coaching stint at a NFD side up North. Both August and Isaacs identified that the team had to approach the games more directly and immediately after the tournament set out to get the team in tuned with the new playing style.

 

Preparation for Playoffs
Part of the preparations for the playoffs was to reinforce the belief that the goal of promotion could be achieved. In our chat, August kept emphasizing the importance of the mental strength of the team and how he constantly reminded them of this important element.
The planned friendly games which took place before the playoffs were against strong high profile clubs like, Cape Town City, Ajaxct U19s, who were preparing for their tour overseas and Stellenbosch FC, who were preparing for their NFD/PSL playoff series. Tough matches and they did well.

Playoffs
The team left 3 days before the playoffs to Mooreesburg and August was extremely happy that they were well prepared. There was a plan on how to tackle the task which was facing them and the conviction to execute was strong.
The first game was won 2-1 against City Killers which meant that their next match against Morning Stars had to be won to gain promotion.
The final group match against Morning Stars was a tense affair at the halftime break. Both sides were creating chances and with the score at 0-0, there was no telling what would happen in the second half.
The coach revealed that he wasn’t too concerned at that moment if the score had remained unchanged.
Accordingly to the playoff rules, if the game had ended in a draw, the two sides would have played a rematch 2 hours later. HBUFC were fully prepared for this as they had a 26 man squad with them and would be able to play a fresh team had it come to a replay.
The mental toughness which the coach was trying to instil in the HBUFC team whole season came to the fore and eventually got them the goals which secured the game and promotion to the ABC Motsepe League.

 

To round up, it takes a person or organization that is clear on his or their objectives, confident in his or their approach, stern on discipline and clear in communication that can take all the challenges faced and realize a desired result.

 

Well done Hout Bay United Football Community and Bradley August!!

 

Special Feature: HBUFC & Bradley August

The Story:
By now everyone knows about the success story of HBUFC this season. How the team narrowly survived relegation in their first two seasons and playing this year with Hout Bay based players only. How they were able to not only win the SAB League, but also the playoffs, thereby ensuring their spot in the ABC Motsepe League next season.

The Questions:
Considering the obstacles and that many have attempted the feat it is quite a significant achievement.
What has caused this massive turnaround? What was different this year compared to the seasons before? The question should really be, who? As the main new ingredient in the HBUFC pot this season was new head coach, Bradley August.

We had so many questions as to this tale but more from a coaching point of view because winning a league is the ultimate goal for any senior coach, isn’t it?
The fact that this team had a total turnaround and that a coach could be the influence, inspires us to want to find out more of how he did it. The only logical next step was to ask the former Bafana Bafana player about it and he obliged to share which already speaks volumes for the character of the person.

The Coach:
Early in our conversion it was quickly established that this “no nonsense” coach is clear on his goals. To quote him “it’s my way or the highway”. This is to be understood as Bradley is aware of how simple the game is and what is required to translate his plans to his players. The ability to communicate and understand his players is the key in his success of building stable and winning teams. He wants to know about their character, personality and what makes them tick as he also believes “Always make sure the players are happy”.

Many wouldn’t have thought that the ex Vasco (NFD) assistant coach and league winning Glendene (2nd Div) coach would move to a SAB League team in Hout Bay. To add, he wasn’t able to bring in any outside players.

One needs to understand his working philosophy. It’s all work and work hard with Bradley when it comes to football coaching. The idea of not doing something 100% correct is nonexistent in the coach’s mind. The hard work and winning mentality comes from his early days as a player when he was at Hellenic from the age of 14 under the watchful eye of Gavin Hunt. Being mentally strong and being a winner is key for the coach and exceeds the need to just play “pretty” football as his current HBUFC side proved that a team can win and play attractive football. To quote August in an interview after his overseas return “I don’t think I made it because I am a good player – it was all due to my mental strength which I got from the situations I grew up in” (http://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/sport/bradley-augusts-back-home-614489)

The Season:
As we prompt the coach for clear actions and moves he made to bring about the change in the team we slowly realise that these changes were forced because of circumstance and the ability of the coach to face challenges head on. Timing was also a factor as crucial additions to the team were made when Hellenic sold their franchise which allowed Hout Bay players to be freed. The same with youth players which were released from Cape Town City during the mid season transfer period. Bradley also revealed how an infield player became their first choice goal keeper.

How was the league won?
Like many coaches have experienced, the season had all its challenges with regards to player management, field resources and so on. It’s no magical intervention which caused the team’s success. Hard work, proper planning, committed staff, clear communication and most importantly, mental strength of the players carried them over the finish line. A typical example of the unit’s work ethic is when many of their opponents were on a Christmas break; the Hout Bay team were in training.
The ability of August to adapt to match situations and keep players motivated were also crucial aspects of the season.

After winning the league the focus shifted to the playoffs and a realization that the side was in trouble before they even set foot on the bus to Morreesburg for the playoffs.

To be continued…….