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.

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” (

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…….

SAB League final day

Final games of the SAB League take place on Saturday and all attention is with the possible relegation scenarios which may see six teams taking the drop.

All scenarios have been discussed at length but the bottom two teams have been confirmed, Santos and UWC.

UWC had a brief stint in the league after they purchased a franchise about 2 years ago and finished 12th last year. Their time was not too fruitful as they struggled with the experience and competiveness of their opposition.

Santos continued their slip in the leagues and this year is most probably their worst as they exit the professional arena of South African Football, from NFD and to 2nd division. Their 3rd division team are relegated 2 years after their previous relegation in the same league.
Many have their opinion on the club’s demise but it looks like the powers that be have their own ideas on what’s wrong or, could it be that they’re unaware of where the faults are?
Football is a business in the modern day but when all is said and done, it’s still a game and football decisions cannot be neglected over business decisions.

All final matches are being played at 3:30PM on Saturday.
Silver Spurs (6), who had a good run to the season end, host UWC at Johnson Road. The students enjoyed a 1 nil victory when the sides met in January.

Santos have a difficult encounter in Avonwood against Riverside Rangers (6) who lost to the visitors when they last met.

A mid table clash in Site C has Cape Town United facing Rebels and it’s the home side that need the points on this one to ensure they don’t get caught in the relegation net, bearing in mind it might be a huge net.

FN Rangers (5) travel to Johnson road where Junction Rovers will be playing for their survival. If one takes the worst case scenario, then any team from position 10 down should be looking to win as their safety is not in their own hands.

Bayhill United (13) welcome Blaauwberg united to Rocklands and based on the fact that the travelling side has dropped points in their last few games, Bayhill probably has a good chance on this one. A scoreless draw was the last result when these 2 teams met.

League winners HBUFC play their last game at the Greens and it’s fitting that they end their campaign against the second placed side, D&G Orient. Surely this game will be an exhibition as 2 quality sides letting loose in their final league game and hopefully providing the crowd some entertainment. The Manneberg side better than last year where they finished 6th but the visitors can’t be outdone as they end this year in top spot after finishing off in 13th place the season before.

Bevcan Sports field is the venue for the Two Oceans (10) vs South End (14) encounter. The visitors probably the most desperate to take the points but they are also needed by the hosts. So, a must win for both sides.

Bellstar (12) and Hanover Park (8) are at Symphony Park where the home team will be hoping the relegation scenario works out for them. The Bellstar team had a better season last year and was hoping to have an impact this time around but the plan did not materialise. A mixed bag of results recorded for the visitors this season so this one could go either way.

HBUFC so close

With the Bayhill Premier Cup now a thing of the past where Supersport United was crowned champions, it’s back to business in the local leagues.

The ABC Motsepe Western Cape stream is pretty tight at the top with only 4 points difference between log leaders, Zizwe United and 2nd placed Steenberg United. Both sides have 3 games remaining.

The SAB League CT stream is also on a knife edge where HBUFC are on the brink of claiming their first ever title in the league. The Hout Bay team require 6 more points from the 12 points available to them to confirm the feat.
Their closest rivals are D&G Orient who occupies 3rd position with 10 points adrift but with a game in hand. It’s all in the hands of the log leaders and if HBUFC can maintain the form and record the wins then the title will be theirs.

The bottom of the log sees a relegation battle between 6 teams with 10 points difference amongst them.

The problem for these teams is that this year will probably see more than 2 teams get relegated because of Cape Town teams struggling in the NFD. The ripple effect of NFD relegated teams will be felt in the ABC Motsepe and the SAB Leagues. The 2 teams who won promotion at the SAB League playoffs last year have secured their spots and the league will have to accommodate the relegated teams coming from the higher leagues.

The collapse of Santos continues as it looks like the NFD setup and the SAB team will get relegated this year. This could be different come end of the season but right now (7 games in NFD left and 4 left in SAB) it doesn’t look promising for the established club.

Other well known teams in the relegation mix are Junction Rovers and Bayhill United.

For upcoming fixtures in the SAB League visit:


Week 21 fixtures for the Top 5

We take a quick look at the fixtures of the current top 5 in the #sableague.
Log leaders HBUFC host struggling UWC in Hout Bay this Friday night. The students are lying deep in the relegation zone and a win might not even lift them from the troubled zone. HBUFC on the other hand will maintain their top spot if they manage to bag the 3 points.

FN Rangers have a tough ask to maintain their 2nd spot when they host Hanover Park at Royal Road on Saturday afternoon. The visitors recorded a good result last week and they will be a stubborn contest for their hosts.

D&G Orient have a game in hand while they currently sit in 3rd spot as the Manenberg based team host their Heideveld neighbours, Junction Rovers in a 5:30PM kick off at the Greens on Saturday. Rovers are struggling this year as they are too close for comfort to the relegation mix. A win for D&G Orient might take them to 2nd spot depending on the earlier FN Rangers result.

Suffering their first defeat in 13 games last Friday, 4th placed Blaauwberg United will want to bounce back against South End this week in Tableview. South End have had a below par season and it will be a challenging effort to overcome their hosts.

5th placed Riverside Rangers have been battling to record convincing results of late but have the ability to overcome their blemishes and place them in the running again. They travel to the Bevcan Sports Complex and face Two Oceans Academy who couldn’t play their fixture last week because of a double booking at the field. Hopefully the field is secured this weekend for this entertaining match up.


Bayhill Cup playoffs delivers on performance

The 2017 version of the round robin for the Bayhill Cup tournament proper was held this past weekend at the Rocklands Legacy Fields in Mitchells Plain.

A total of 28 teams were in action vying for 1 of 14 spots available to take part in the Easter weekend spectacular. Many of the these teams have been preparing and planning for more than a year to achieve this feat and for some their plans came to fruition this weekend.

Although teams like D&G Orient and Grassy Park United are playing in franchise football, SAB League and ABC Motsepe League respectively, it will be their first appearance in the Easter tournament.

Stephanian Ottery, Greenwood and PPG Langa were again successful in making it to the event after doing so last year. Jean Marc Ithier (JMI) Academy (est.2010) qualified for the first time this year as well as Mitchells Plain based Bayview United (est.2005), a great achievement for such young clubs.

A major upset was that Ikapa Sporting failed to make the tournament as they were unable to record a win over the weekend. Defeats suffered to Stephanian Ottery and Valhalla united with a draw against JMI ensured last year’s semi finalist’s absence this year. Santos woes continue as they recorded 2 draws and a loss causing them not to make the main event in Easter.

The action on the weekend was of good quality and it’s no doubt that the competition gets tougher every year. The matches we witnessed were also very tactical at times which one would expect in the U19 age group. There was great influence shown by some coaches to steer their sides to the required result.

As usual there were some great goals and a few heartbreaking mistakes deciding games but all in a day’s excitement at the Bayhill Premier Cup.

Here are the teams that qualified:

Fish Hoek
Atlantic Nacional
Milano United
D&G Orient
Avendale Athletico
Greenwood Athletic
JMI Academy
Stephanian Ottery
Old Mutual Academy
Grassy Park United
PPG Langa
Bayview FC
Glendene United
Vasco Da Gama

Bayhill Cup,ABC Motsepe and SAB League on the menu this weekend

With everyone back in full swing and the holiday fever as a thing of the past we look at some of the football taking place this weekend. This week’s fixtures continue in the ABC Motsepe League, PremierCup Bayhill prelims and the SAB league.

There hopefully won’t be any defaults this weekend after last weekend’s many no shows at the Bayhill Cup.
We have been informed by at least 1 club they did notify the organizers early in last week that they were not going to be able to fulfil their fixture but the club was still fixtured and obviously didn’t turn up.

In the first batch of 10am matches this Saturday sees a Cape District derby between Salt River Blackpool and RC Athletico. Sunday’s matches have teams which have done well in the prelims in the past like PPG Samora, CR Vasco Da Gama and JL Zwane. With the no guest players rule in effect, it will be interesting to see how the main qualifying round will pan out and who will eventually end up in the tournament proper. Good luck to all teams playing this Saturday and Sunday.

Zizwe United have the ABC Motsepe WC league under control as they have been leading the log and together with Steenberg United, have not yet lost a game this season. The log leaders were in action on Tuesday morning in a friendly against NFD side Cape Town All Stars and looked extremely sharp and efficient during the match which ended in a 0-0 score. Zizwe were very capable against their opposition and hopefully can deliver another good performance as they travel to Bloemfontein to take on Acornbush (Mpumalanga) in a Nedbank mini playoff this Saturday.
Steenberg United can close the gap by the 3 points on the log leaders if they can defeat Cultural Roots on Friday evening in what looks like a 2 horse race for the title so far although, Glendene and Ikapa Sporting will differ in that opinion as both teams are in touch of the top 2.


The Grassy Park vs Milano derby is taking place on Friday night at Solo Street in Steenberg and there is no doubt that the vibe will be electrifying. This fixture always accompanies action as both teams play for 3 points and bragging rights until their next meeting. Not forgetting a larger than normal crowd at the venue when these two teams meet, a recipe for entertaining Friday night football.

Least we not forget the SAB League fixtures taking place with Log leaders Riverside Rangers playing the last game of the weekend against Cape Town United at Avonwood. Blaauwberg United and Junction Rovers fulfil the first fixture of the weekend on Friday night in Heideveld and the home side need to record a good result as they find themselves close to the drop zone. Blaauwberg on the other hand have been positive in their approach and a victory for them will keep their momentum going.
Second placed Two Oceans Academy has a tough task as they face Hanover Park in Tygerhof on Saturday.

For all the #sableague fixtures visit the fixture list

Our SAB league end of year break WRAP served

end-of-yearDespite losing over the weekend, Riverside Rangers go into the end of year break at the top of the log in the SAB League.

The log leaders were beaten in their own backyard 2-0 by an improving Blaauwberg side which have become the “giant killers”, previously beating Cape Town United.
Only in their 2nd season in the league, after winning promotion, as “Spice 4 Life” 2 years ago and narrowly escaping relegation last year, Blaauwberg United seem to be coming to terms with the hustle and tussle of the SAFA 3rd division. They have recorded some good results of late and it will be interesting to see if the team can continue their performances after the break.

Newbie, FN Rangers coached by ex Santos player Arreshaat Daniels and Mark Matthews, have so far lived up to expectation after the Maitland side won promotion last season. The team has been balanced with youth and experience and with players like former professional Shaun Oliver in the team, the quality of experience is high. FN Rangers occupy 2nd place, 2 points off the pace, going into the break, also scoring the most goals but conceding more than half of the number of goals they’ve scored.

Another team which has been improving their record in the SAB League this season is the Epping based side of Two Oceans Academy. Two Oceans are occupying 3rd spot on the log but have already lost 4 games from their 12 played. The team have recorded some noticeable victories and their biggest loss was against Silver Spurs, losing 5-1. Two Oceans will be aiming for a better log position than last year’s 8th spot.

Bradley August has surely turned things around at HBUFC this season. The team consists only of local players and are having their best season yet. They are currently in 4th spot going into the break, 3 points off the pace but have a game in hand. Their next match will be a tough task against a non performing Junction Rovers (69) team who will want to get their season back on track.

JR69 are languishing in 12th spot but have the ability to record positive results and quickly lift them to a more respectable log position.

With only a 3 point difference in the top 5, the rest of the log is close with any of the teams able to cause a stir in the games to come.

A surprise this season is the results of Bayhill United which has struggled. A team which normally hold their own has become one of the weaker sides this season. Bayhill go into the break in 14th position with 10 points and only managing 2 wins so far. With all the available talent in the area, the team should be able to recover and at least survive this season although, a change is required to see better results.

Everyone has an opinion on what’s happening at Santos. The club is represented and fighting relegation in the NFD, SAB League and local CDFA Premier league, after being relegated from the Super League this year.
The once upon a time pride of Cape Town football has become like a withering leaf falling into the darkness of despair. Relegated 2 seasons ago from the SAB League, the team makes their appearance this year because of Mitchells Plain United being relegated from the 2nd division last year. At the yearend break they find themselves in 15th spot with only 2 wins and 9 losses. Unfortunately the coaching and running affairs come into question as there seems to be a lack of vision in the structures. Hopefully realignment of plans will see a positive change for the club.

We are nearly at the end of the first round and there are 3 teams who need a change of fortunes considering the log position they occupy. Bayhill United, Santos FC and UWC are in the relegation zone with South End close by.

UWC have changed their team of late and the results have improved although still not finding their 2nd win. In their last game this year the students suffered a big loss to Junction Rovers where they were hammered 5-1. Let’s see if they can turn the near losses to victories and possibly exit the drop zone.

Another newcomer and well known outfit to the league is Hanover Park FC who are in the top half of the table.
After winning promotion from Division 1 to Premier division in the CTTLFA, the team purchased the Shockwaves franchise in the SAB League and have given a fair account of themselves. Hanover Park had a rocky start to the season losing 2-0 to Santos in their opening match but quickly bounced back in their next fixture beating South End 4-1. The new year offers a few challenges for the squad as they prepare for the local CTTFA premier league and also consolidate their status in the SAB League. Adequate experience is present though to ensure Hanover Park can achieve both.

Bellstar, Silver Spurs, D&G Orient and Rebels have all been having moderate seasons and are sitting in the mid table region. These sides have massive experience in their squads mixed with capable youth players and we will watch their approach in the new year with interest as any of them have the ability to have a strong run to the finish line.

The league resumes on January 13th when Blaauwberg United host Rebels in Tableview at 7:30pm.

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