16 January 2018
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.
27 November 2017
A windy Heideveld astro turf was the venue for the SAB league 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.
27 November 2017
We 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.
Most of the 2nd half was dominated by the possession of the visitors. The midfield combination of Xavier Chaney and Cheswin Ackerman for 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.
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.
With one more round left to play this weekend in the SAB League Cape Town, FN Rangers top the log by 7 points and are the champions. There was a twist to the story as FN Rangers were facing a disciplinary hearing because of fielding an ineligible player.
According to sources, the Royal Road team registered a player who played in another region before and when they received his player’s card as per normal from SAFA CT, Rangers assumed all was in order. It was only when the MySAFA system came into place, which is the system which links all SAFA region registrations, a red flag was raised which indicated that the player was still registered in the region he came from.
Does the fault lie with the team or the region? Fortunately FN Rangers have been cleared and will be representing the Cape Town region at the playoffs reportedly take place in the Eden region in June.
A look at the relegation zone sees Citizens dropping out of the league next year as they are six points behind their closest rivals and with only 1 game left. Between Citizens and Bayview United, who are the last safe team, are Cultural Roots and Two Oceans Academy who are fighting to maintain their status. Both teams have tough encounters this weekend with Roots playing away to Bayview and Two Oceans facing Riverside Rangers at Hickory Road and it will be a real test of character and nerve for them.
In the ABC Motsepe League it’s all been done and dusted. Steenberg United are again champions and will representing Western Cape in the playoffs in Limpopo facing a team from Free State (still to be decided) and Umvoti FC from KZN in the group stages. Coach Mike Lukhubene and his team will be hoping to do better this time round as 2 years ago they failed to reach the finals and gain promotion.
The Magic FC ended up second place this season with 64 points as compared to last year’s position of fourth spot with 56 points so slight improvement for them. Looking at their goal scored comparison, The Magic found the net 11 more times this season and a big contribution from Thurlo Moosa must be noted.
Ace FC really lit up the league this season as first time entrants. With a full time playing squad and some real gems in the line up they took the league by storm and led for most of the season. Unfortunately for them the hype which was created might have been too much for the team to handle as they dropped crucial points at times where it was expected of them to win. A massive support followed this team wherever they played and credit to all the people involved with this project as what was achieved doesn’t happen without planning.
Grassy Park United once again were not able to maintain their threat this season. Finishing on fourth place, one better than last year. Their goal against tells the tale of their season. Defensive issue from the start was their Achilles heel although it stabilized during the season but the damage was already done. Conceding forty goals and ending with a goal average of eleven won’t normally get you a top four spot but they were fortunate enough to have top strikers heading the attack and finding the back of the net.
HBUFC as new comers have a great story to tell after gaining promotion last season and ending fifth spot in the ABC Motsepe League. Although the team has changed a bit since their season last year in the SAB League, their tenacity and fighting spirit remains the cornerstone of their team dynamic. Captain Byron Mckellar continued his impressive performances from last year together with striker Mzwandile Ntozini, rising to the level of the league. Ntozini also known as Zwai, ended up being one of the top goal scorers in the league.
Next season is already being planned with some teams aiming to do better while others have put up the FOR SALE sign.
Younger players are seeking to find teams to take the next step while others scurry to find a team as they no longer meet the Under criteria.
Hopefully players learn their lesson and heed the advice of those who have walked their path and find a stable source of income while expressing themselves on the football field.
18 April 2017
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.