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Our Engen KO Challenge 2019 Wrap Up

The Cape Town leg of the Engen Knockout Challenge (EKOC) 2019 took place from the 26th – 28th July 2019 and was hosted by Wanderers FC of the Langa LFA.

The EKOC is in its 17th year and the Wanderers FC and tournament LOC must be congratulated on hosting an efficient and well-organized event, extinguishing any pre-tournament concerns about the ability to do so.

Results at the end of day 1 were an early indication that the local football landscape is changing as the traditional LFA clubs were no pushovers to the more resourced academy teams.
Wynberg St Johns had a good tournament and was victorious in their first 2 matches against the more fancied Ulana Academy and Cape Town City sides.

The Maitland based FN Rangers also turned a few heads when they held Hellenic to a 1-1 draw and later Cape Umoya to a goalless draw. Against Cape Umoya, Rangers were brave enough to use their defenders to start their attack from the back with solid build-up play and both sides saw missed chances but the encounter was entertaining.

Hanover Park gave a good account of themselves reaching the semi-finals of the competition, eventually bowing out to Cape Town City via a penalty shootout. This was preceded by a win against Everton and a 2-2 draw with Stellenbosch FC on day 1.
A 3-1 win against Jomos Power from Atlantis booked their spot in the quarters where they defeated hosts, Wanderers 1-0 to advance to the semis.
The lanky Hanover Park midfielder Carl Keyster was the stand out player displaying his skills and work rate both in defence and attack.

As usual, many opinions and views are shared at tournaments and it was no different this time. The discussions on day 1 were dominated by the lack of football quality on display. The direct approach seemed to be the chosen tactics by the majority with teams trying to win the 2nd ball whilst others stuck to their style of play.

A confession by one of the coaches who took part in the tournament was that he chose to follow the “long ball” route in his first match but reverted to his team’s passing game in his following game where they won and the players had a more enjoyable experience.

Tournaments in Gauteng are often seen as a step up because they are slightly different to what we normally experience in Cape Town. The Gauteng tournaments often have more teams who enjoy passing the ball and keeping it on the deck.
Appropriate then that the Cape Town winner, Ubuntu, was one of the teams who displayed mostly attractive football and they will be representing the province at the national event.

There might be a difference of opinion with regards to the game plans of coaches but there was an agreement with the attendees that the quality of the players were noticeable. Each match had at least a player from either side who displayed their ability and skill level to impress spectators.

To sum it up, the EKOC 2019 was a success and what’s left to do now is wish Ubuntu Football Academy all the best for the Champs of Champs in Gauteng.

 

This is how the teams ended.
1. Ubuntu Football
2. Cape Town City
3. Stellenbosch FC
4. Hanover Park FC
5. Hellenic
6. Ajax Cape Town
7. Bayview FC
8. Wanderers FC
9. Cape Umoya
10. Everton
11. JL Zwane
12. Wynberg St Johns
13. FN Rangers
14. Ulana Academy
15. Santos
16. Jomos Power

 

Bayhill Premier Cup – Delivering Action

So today is day 3 at the U19 Bayhill Premier Cup at Erica Park and we take a quick look at what’s been happening over the past 2 days.

Although the tournament is an institution on the football calendar it doesn’t come without its criticism from some quarters especially after the cancelling of last year’s event due to the water crisis.
The negativity is swiftly a memory as the tournament so far has delivered what majority of people attend the Bayhill for, and that is unpredictability, future stars, local participation, local competing against youth of the “big guns”, excitement and great vibe.

The football on display has been well worth the trip to Erica Park, which by the way is in good shape. The pitch has been a talking point but after day 2 it is still showing signs of holding up for the weekend. Obviously with the rigorous activity continuing it is expected to deteriorate everyday but let’s hope it stays intact.

Back to the football and some results which stand out include local club Silver Spurs holding Mamelodi Sundowns to a 0-0 draw. This was Spurs’ 2nd match after they beat Blackbirds Academy 2-0 the day before.
Wednesday night we witnessed a Mitchells Plain derby where Rocka a fellas were convincingly beaten by Beacon Spurs 4-0 while on Thursday, a Cape District derby delivered an unexpected result as Greenwood Athletic defeated Grassy Park United 1-0. Greenwood end the day on 6 points after recording a 2-0 win over Bayview FC on Wednesday.

Cape Town City didn’t have it easy against HBUFC but their individual quality shone through as they beat the Hout Bay side 2-0. Visitors Highlands Park delivered a good performance when they faced debutants Nova Nacional and won their game 3-0, while current champions Supersport recorded a 1-0 win against Jacaranda Callies.

Day 3 action kicks off at 3PM and promises to deliver more of the same and even better as the stakes are raised with teams fighting to book their place in the knockout stages.

See you there!!

Bellstar fail to repeat positive result

On Saturday we popped in at Symphony way Sports field to catch some action between Bellstar United and Nova Nacional.

Bellstar recorded a great win in their previous match against log leaders Matroosfontein and probably felt very positive going into this encounter.

It was Nova though that had a near perfect start when Joshua Roman scored in the 4th minute off a set piece where the goalkeeper of Bellstar, Marlon Van Wyk, failed to collect the ball after miscommunication with his defenders. Roman took full advantage of the mishap and scored the opener.

With the home side trailing 1-0, they managed to settle back into the game and by the 20th minute the match was a bit more balanced. Bellstar also started asserting themselves with quick passing and great combinations with midfielder Ismail Lot doing a good job in linking with the attacking players.

Bellstar keeper Marlon Van Wyk taps the ball over the crossbar

Nova Nacional were forced to defend and attempt to capitalize on the counter as Bellstar created numerous opportunities but were unable to find the final pass and convert their chances.

The second half saw Nova with an improving performance as they worked on keeping Bellstar on the back foot. The introduction of Ramario Van De Meulen for the home side posed a headache for the Nacional defence especially for right back Keanan Green.

Van De Meulen displayed his pace off the ball as he managed to get behind the Nova defensive line on more than one occasion.

The home side were dealt a blow in the 35th minute of the second half when they had a defender red carded for committing a professional foul on Nova’s Adeeb Khan. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Khan was brought down just outside the box.

Angelo Barrote of Nova and Ismail Lot from Bellstar battle for possession

Bellstar still created some opportunities but were unable to find the equaliser and record their 6th loss of the season. Nova Nacional on the other hand continue their winning ways after beating Bayview FC the previous week and move to 7th spot on the log.

3rd Div – CatchUp!

A third of the season is done and things are just starting to heat up in the SAB League in Cape Town.

A few of the results of the past weekend were unexpected like, Bellstar beating current log leaders, Matroosfontein 2-1. This is only the 2nd loss for Matroos and makes them reachable for current title chasers, Greenwood Athletic and Junction Rovers.

Greenwood just scraped past Goal 50 Unite on Friday evening as they beat the Heideveld side 1-0, a goal courtesy of Nathan Brown. Junction Rovers got 1 past Cape Town City which elevated them into 2nd place 2 points behind the leaders but having played an extra match. Unfortunately for City, they’re placed 15th and everyone is waiting to see if the team will be reinforced to save their status. It is their first season in this SAB League.

Young Pirates who started the season like a house on fire dealt with Silver Spurs, winning 4-2, and got them back onto winning ways after suffering 2 losses before this encounter.

Spurs are placed 12th but the gap between them and the bottom teams are too close for comfort. Experienced in this league, they will know that improvement is required to relieve some pressure.

Hanover Park, who have coach Franklyn Davies back in charge played to a 2-2 draw with Cape Town United which keeps them in the top 5 and leaves United placed 10th.

The new Two Oceans are giving a good account of themselves in their first season as their victory against Rebels, 3-2, keeps them closer to mid table rather than in relegation danger whereas for Rebels, they are placed at 13th and only 5 points clear of the drop zone.

Kuilsriver continue their recovery after a slow start to the season and beat Bluegum United 3-1 on Sunday. Currently in 9th position, the Kuila team are on the up and playing with more confidence but Bluegum United are placed at the bottom of the log with only 1 win in 11 games.

The last match of the weekend also delivered an unexpected result where Bayview FC were beaten by Nova Nacional 1-0. A goal scored on time by substitute Pedro Marques. Although the Milnerton based side have improved in some parts of their game, they still remain inconsistent and at times not playing with any direction so the result against a Bayview side who were having a good run, is probably unexpected. With the loss Bayview lose out in entering the top 5 and are placed 6th, while Nova climb to 8th.

A big game to look forward to this weekend is probably Greenwood vs Young Pirates as both teams are hot on the heels of Matroosfontein.

Newcomers make their mark

Matroosfontein and Two Oceans doing battle in the Nedbank cup earlier this year

New comers Matroosfontein hold the top of the log position at the end of year break in the SAFA 3rd division.

The team earned their spot in the league via the promotion playoffs and have racked up the victories only losing 1 out of 8 matches played thus far.

When asked about his team’s log position, Coach Patrick had this to say

“We have been working hard and smart because it’s not easy to play in this league where you have to balance between age and youth. To keep players motivated we try to get every player on the field and still pick up points in that way I think they stay prepared to play and support each other. We don’t choose our games, every game is as important as the last one played”

Their results have proven that the above approach has worked for the newbies and some key scalps have been collected the way. Silver Spurs, Greenwood Athletic, Hanover Park and Junction Rovers all suffered losses to Matroosfontein. Heading into the new year Coach Patrick and his team will hope they can maintain their results and end their first season in league at the highest place possible.

The 2nd promoted team of last year Young Pirates have also had a positive start to their campaign. Pirates end up 2nd at the break and have been identified as one of the title chasers for this season. Their form hasn’t been consistent but they have the firing power up front and have the highest goals scored at 26 with Taahir Jumat netting 9 for his team and currently the top scorer in the league.

At the start of the season Pirates seemed unstoppable but with losses to Cape Town United and Junction Rovers, including a draw with Bluegum United, Coach Roger Fortune has to get his team back on track come January to keep their title aspirations alive.

Another new comer this year is Nova Nacional who purchased the Riverside Rangers franchise, end up mid table at the break. It’s now well known that the club has a strong financial backing and have huge aspirations for the club. The club has found the league tougher than planned and have already had 2 exits in management. Imraan Morgan was introduced as the General Manager when the club was started, exited early in the season while former head coach Vorgen Less was no longer in charge after their draw to Goal 50 Unite.

Top goalscorer Taahier Jumat of Pirates holding off Jayden Geduldt from Nova

Coach Mike Lukhubene has been assisting with training sessions at Nova as a temporary measure and the team has already had a good result, recording a hard earned win against Rebels.

The final new comer this season is Cape Town City who purchased the Atlantic Nacional franchise, who were relegated from the ABC Motsepe League last year. The team is filled with young talents and have already built a reputation of being disciplined in their style of play. City are currently in the drop zone and might have the element of experience missing from their squad.

This season has been competitive so far with only 6 points difference between last spot and mid table which means a good winning streak by any of the bottom teams can boost them into the top 8.

Thurlo supplies The Magic touch

Shaheed Abrahams of The Magic and Zaheer Abrahams form Greenwood tussle for possession

The much awaited Nedbank final between The Magic and Greenwood Athletic lived up to expectation on Saturday in front of a large crowd at Solo Street Sports field.

Both teams had to overcome tough opposition to get to the final from their respective leagues. The Magic defeated last year’s champions Steenberg United 1-0 while Greenwood travelled to Beaufort West where they beat Barcelona, Salim Utd and United Pirates.

The opening 15 mins saw The Magic playing with the wind and looking more dangerous in attack while Greenwood managed to maintain the pressure and even create a few counter attack opportunities.

The rest of the half was all action with entertaining football on display from both sides. Greenwood were the team taking the fight to their opponents with good quality combinations but were matched in defence by the experienced Magic side. The match was truly a spectacle with a real display of the ability of our local players, being represented on both sides.

On The Magic side players like Howard Davids who is a former NFD player (CT All Stars/ Richards Bay) and Nazier Jacobs a former PSL player (Polokwane City), had it tough against local boys like Chadley Philander, and Kyle Seegers in the middle of the park.
Seegers is a former Magic player while Philander is a former Ubuntu Academy player and also played at Grassy Park United last season.

At the end of the Greenwood attack was Mickyle George who put in a hard shift but was closely watched by Magic captain Tsepiso Thlapi who as usual delivered a top class performance.

By halftime the match was goalless but ended with Greenwood showing the ascendancy and the excited crowd were hoping for much of the same in the second half.

The next 45 mins was a different story as Greenwood Athletic failed to cope with the gusty wind for most of the half while the experience and class of their opponents was clear to see as they adapted better to the conditions. The Magic played almost every ball from the back and created opportunities up front. The defence of Greenwood stood firm as old foes Zaheer Abrahams and Mark Nefdt, who formed the centre back pairing, showed their ability and calmness under pressure to keep the Magic out.

The Magic managed to break the deadlock in the second half when Thurlo Moosa scored from a corner set piece and gave his team the upper hand for the remainder of the half.

Mark Nefdt the Greenwood captain and Danian Wareley from The Magic in action

The home side continued pushing for the elusive goal creating opportunities but the Magic keeper, Jaleel Johnson with his defence stood firm to keep Greenwood from scoring.

In the 42nd minute Greenwood had an opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a penalty as Kyle Adriaanse was adjudged to have fouled Mikyle George in the box. George immediately insisted on taking the spot kick but he struck the upright and with that was unable to get the equaliser.

The match ended 1-0 to The Magic and they are through to the last 32 in the competition.

Many of the Greenwood supporters left disappointed but proud of their team’s performance against a giant in local football. For The Magic another opportunity is earned to display their talents on the national stage.

Park & Nova share spoils

So, two games done and dusted in the SAB League and already some are making predictions. Premature many would say as this year’s start has already been exciting.

To kick off the season newcomers Nova Nacional, who purchased the Riverside Rangers spot, hosted an exciting launch at the River Club and with that sending a strong message to the rest of the football world that they mean business. With strong financial backing and a clear vision the team attracted high expectation from others.

After their two matches they have earned a point after losing to Greenwood and drawing with Hanover Park last Friday. The Hanover Park vs Nova Nacional match felt like a match between two sides yet to find their rhythm. For Nacional it is obvious as every match for them is a new experience and for Hanover Park it was probably new Head Coach Jerome Seherie implementing his style on the group.
Hanover Park looked more the assertive side especially in the first half with experienced midfielder Fernel Abrahams calling the shots. On the counter though the Nacional team created chances and in the 15th minute Rubin Matts had Nova’s first shot on target but was saved by Gary Jassman, the Park goalkeeper.

Nova’s next clear chance was in the 30th minute when Faizel Johnson found himself taking a shot in the 18 yard area but once again Jassman saved for Park.
In the next few minutes Hanover Park came close to scoring but missed the target twice when defender Nathan Idas headed wide from corner set pieces.

The 40th minute was the last chance created in the half for Nova when Wesley Lottering held onto the ball too long and was tackled in the box causing the ball to ricochet to Matts who saw his shot saved again by Jassman diving to his bottom left, collecting the ball.

At halftime the match was goalless but with Hanover Park looking more likely to score as they were much sharper to the ball while Nova was containing the pressure and creating chances from the break.

Hanover Park Warming up

It didn’t take long for the home side to break the deadlock as Xola Balele took advantage of a breakdown during the Nova play and scored the opener in the 10th minute.

Nova Nacional equalised in the 24th minute when the ball was played over the Park defence and Faizel Johnson was first to react and slipped the ball pass Jassman and into the back of the net.

The rest of the half had opportunities for both sides but the away side showing more purpose in their attack. The match ended 1-1.

ABC Back In Action

Picture by Rashied Isaacs

Teams in the ABC Motsepe League in the Western Cape are back in action this weekend following the Nedbank Cup knockout matches played over the past weekend.

Friday night has log leaders, The Magic, up against a young HBUFC at Old Mutual Sports field. Bradley August, HBUFC coach, will be very aware that his players have a tough assignment and they will more than likely apply themselves and deliver a hard working strategic performance as they usually do under his guidance. For Magic consistency will be the name of the game and a win ensures their hold on the top spot.

Ikapa Sporting travel to Gugulethu for a 7PM kick off on Friday night to square up against Steenberg United. The current champions are having their usual slow start to the season but will be favourites to end up winners in this one. Although Ikapa are performing well, with quality players, the challenge will be a huge one for the Mitchells Plain side.

Ajax Cape Town will host Glendene United as the away side look to maintain their position in the top five. Glendene will have to deal with The Young Ajax, who will make life extremely difficult with their pace and attacking play for the Cape District based club. The match kicks off at 7PM on Friday in Parow.

Nyanga stadium is the venue for the Zizwe vs Grassy Park match being played at 7:30PM. Grassy Park have really looked a different outfit compared to last season. A new coach and plenty of new faces on the pitch sees them struggling at the moment and an unusual log position must feel strange for the GP faithful. Zizwe have performed better in previous seasons while time is on both of these teams side as they look to obtain positive results. A draw is a possible outcome here.

Royal Blues travel from Beaufort on Saturday to meet Mbekweni Cosmos, Jomos Power make the trek from Atlantis to face a resurging Santos and Batalion welcome D&G Orient.

Although the D&G Orient name is on the fixture list, the team pitching up on Saturday will belong to the Ocean View Football Club.
D&G got involved in the ABC Motsepe League last season by way of taking over from Crystal Palace which is also based in Manenberg. After the legalities of having the name changed the team operated as D&G and was being run by them. The owner of the franchise has now sold to an Ocean View consortium and thus allowing them to take part in the league.

The Ocean View team will be coached by former pro Brent Carelse and more information on the team will follow next week.

Motsepe League on break

This weekend sees a break in the ABC Motsepe League in the Western Cape as the Nedbank knockout competition continues with quarterfinals being played in Gugulethu.

Only four matches have been played in the league so far so its way too early to make any real sort of prediction for the eventual winners this season. Sure, there are favourites and many will back their chosen team but we thought we’d make a comparison to last year’s log positions. Let’s take a look at the current top 5.

Starting with the top spot where The Magic have replicated their good start of last year. In week 4 last year The Magic were in top spot with 10 points whereas this year they’ve done a bit better with 12 points from 4 games. This season the squad has been boosted with signings that ooze quality and experience with the likes of Howard Davids, Nazier Jacobs , Gregory Roelf and Shaheed Abrahams to name a few.

Boebie Solomons gets a fresh start to the season with his Santos team after joining them during the season last year. Having the pre season with the squad has already reaped its benefits as this time last year Santos was in 9th spot whereas this season sees them in 2 spot with the same amount of games played. The Santos faithful will be hoping their team can revive into the giant they once were before.

Glendene are always in the top 5 mix especially in the start of their campaign. In 3rd spot they’ve managed 2 wins and same amount of draws but need to up the goal scoring rate if they want to contest for the title. The team has managed a better start this year and will look to improve their results to stay in contention.

Current champions, Steenberg United are fourth on the table and also better off than last season. At the same time last year Steenberg were in eighth place with three draws and one win whereas this time they are four places higher with two draws and two wins. We all know Steenberg to be a team which pushes till the end and you can count on them to fight tooth and nail to defend their title.

Second year for Royal Blues in the league and the team from Beaufort west are holding 5th spot with a slightly better goal difference than sixth placed HBUFC. Last season the Blues were in seventh place after four matches and ironically have the same amount of points this season but are placed two places higher. Their goal difference is where it counts as this season they’ve scored more and conceded less.

Another factor to remember is that last year saw many games drawn that should have been won by some teams. Also no team was really consistent besides the eventual league winners and that is key to this season. Whoever can maintain a positive stream of results will more than likely be sitting at the top come end of season.

Coke Cup Datums vir die dagboekie – JOE PILLAY

Dit is nou reeds 22-jaar se geskeidenis van die Coca-Cola Cup en Safa Cape Town tesame met die borg Peninsula Beverages het die regte note geslaan want die beroemde en prestigeryke uitklop-kompetisie raak alhoemeer geweld.
Daarby bring die Coke Cup-wedstryde die beste uit die amateursokkerspanne en vanjaar se reekswedstryde is weer geen uitsondering nie nie.
Die Turfhall Park-sportkompleks was Sondag `n mooi gesig en dit het sekerlik die grootste getal toeskouers nooit gelok na daar laas twee jaar gelede Coke Cup-wedstryde in die Athlone LFA gemeenskap gespeel is.
En Kevin Fransman, voorsitter van die Athlone LFA was in sy skik me die “huge turnout” en het dit beskryf dit te danke aan goeie organisering dat sy LFA se geaffilireerde klubs as ook die sport organisasies rond om die Athlone-gebede met pampletta en posters van games ingelig.
“Kyk net hoe lyk die sportkompleks gelaai met toeskouers en ons parkkeering is ook propvol.
“Dit was heeldag so. Ook toe die o.18 spanne gespeel het, het die mense hul spanne ondersteun en ek moet se onsis regtig hieroor bly en dat van die klubs se beamptes ook beindruk was met sppelgeriewe en die venue as geheel,” het Kevin Fransman gese.
Intussen was Bayanda Sikiti, Safa Cape Town se hoof van kompeties vol smiles dat die Coke Cup-seisoen groot getalle toeskouers na wedstryde lok.
“Met dit in gedagte het ons al ons voorbereidings planne gedoen met die geaffilieeerde LFA’s om voorsiening te maak vir Coke Cup-wedstryde,” het Banyana Sikiti gese.
Nietemin het Sikiti die res van die Coke Cup datums bekendgemaak. Laaste Ronde 32 – Sondag, 19 Augustus; Laaste Ronde 16 – Sondag, 2 September; Kwarteindrone – Sondag, 16 September; Halfeindstryde – Sondag, 30 September en Eindstryde – Saterdag, 13 Oktober (Athlone-stadon)