Win or bust for Rosina at Premier Cup

2013-08-07 10:10

South Africa’s hopes at the Manchester United Premier Cup hangs in the balance.

After two defeats, Rosina Sedibane Sports School need to win their remaining pair of matches and hope their Group opponents falter, to advance to the knockout stages of the Under-15 world finals.

Today, the Mzansi lads meet San Luis de Quillota from Chile at 11.30am (SA time) and Manchester United in a 5.30pm kick off.

Rosina don’t inspire hope given their below average performances that saw them easily going down in their opening two fixtures.

They are rooted at the bottom of the five-team group in which Real Madrid and Ulsan Hyundai from Korea are joint leaders on six points each while San Luis are third and hosts Manchester United are fourth in Group A.

Even coach Reginald Paterson admitted his charges’ shortcomings.

“Our opponents are doing basics better than us,” said Paterson, who is also the school’s deputy principal.

“It’s worrisome going into today’s fixture. We’ll have to change the strategy.

“We don’t keep the ball, even our best players, and we gave so much (ball) possession away.”

It is a different tale for Africa’s other representative, Right to Dream Academy from Ghana.

The west Africans set the tone in Group B with a 9-0 win against Shandong Luneng from China and drew against Dinamo Zagreb from Croatia.

Today’s fixtures:

» Real Madrid vs Ulsan Hyundai

» Rosina vs San Luis

» Ulsan vs Manchester United

» San Luis vs Real Madrid

» Manchester United vs Rosina

Yesterday’s Group A results at a glance:

» Rosina 1-2 Ulsan

» San Luis 1-1 Manchester United

» Real Madrid 2-0 Rosina

» Ulsan 2-1 San Luis

» Manchester United 0-1 Real Madrid

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