Phakisa FC lifts trophy

2015-07-15 06:00
PHAKISA FC players and the technical team celebrate with the trophy after the team had beaten Rhino FC by 3-2 in the final of the pre-season knockout tournament.

Photo: 
Tladi Moloi

PHAKISA FC players and the technical team celebrate with the trophy after the team had beaten Rhino FC by 3-2 in the final of the pre-season knockout tournament. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BOHLOKONG. – Phakisa FC from Harmony in Welkom won a pre-season knockout tournament after they had narrowly beaten Rhino FC from Bethlehem by 3-2 in the final, played in the Bohlokong Stadium in Bethlehem on Saturday (11/07).

Four teams took part.

Phakisa started the game like a house on fire scoring three goals in the first stanza. The Rhino players had no answers for the visitors but they came out strong in the second half searching for three goals.

They managed to score two goals in the second half, but it was not enough as the game ended 3-2. Phakisa went home with a trophy, gold medals and R2 000 in cash, while runners-up Rhino received silver medals.

The two teams advanced to the final stage after they had knocked out Mighty Wits and Super Sport United FC respectively. Rhino beat Wits by 2-1, while Phakisa won 4-2 on penalties after both teams had played to a 1-1 draw.

Steve Banda, the winning coach, said the tournament was very tough.

He said he was happy that his boys had shown hunger and passion to lift the trophy.

“We started the game like a house on fire, but in the second half we nearly gave the opponents the game. They came out very strong in the second stanza but poor finishing let them down. However, the tournament itself was competitive,” he said.

Banda said the off-season tournament was very important to them because it helped to identify new talent and build the team for the upcoming season.

“We did not come with the full squad to the tournament but those who showed up, did the job.

“I am sure we will be better in the next tournament because of what we have learnt down in Bohlokong,” Banda concluded.

Zoa Moloi, the Rhino mentor, said he was happy with the way the boys had played regardless of them losing in the final.

He said his outfit was going to play a few friendly games ahead of the 2015-’16 season.

“It was a tough tournament. I never expected to lose the final, but that’s football for you. The boys played their hearts out. We will go back to training and work on some of the things that had contributed to us losing the game. We have to work more on our finishing because we were not good in front of the goal posts,” he said.

We started the game like a house on fire, but in the second half we nearly gave the opponents the game. They came out very strong in the second stanza but poor finishing let them down. – Steve Banda

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