Red cards trip up play

2015-10-21 06:00

A SPIRITED Cape Town derby between Santos and Milano United AFC produced a 1-1 stalemate and three red cards, while Vasco da Gama saw off African Warriors 2-0 in the National First Division (NFD) action on Sunday (18/10).

The Mother City showdown at the Athlone Stadium lived up to expectations from the outset, with some crunching tackles. Both sides showed their attacking intent as Gregory Roelf shot wide for Milano, while Iqraam Rayners and Shaun Sopio did the same for Santos.

The People’s Team suffered a setback 20 minutes into the second half after Sachin Dawood had been given a straight red card. Things went from bad to worse in the 70th minute when Milano winger Diego Brown scored a shot into the goal from a tight angle.

The balance of the game was played on a knife’s edge, the possibility of another goal at either end was always on the cards.

Milano seemed set to earn the win as the game went past the 90-minute mark, but there was to be drama deep into added time as Milano had two players, Lesvin Stoffels and Junaid Sait, both sent off.

Santos were awarded a penalty kick, which Tyren Arendse converted to earn his side a point from a riveting encounter.

It was a slightly easier afternoon for another Cape side, Vasco, who beat Warriors 2-0 at the Charles Mopeli Stadium.

Vasco were close to scoring at 27 minutes when Roscoe Pietersen’s header hit the bar, but there was no denying the visitors when Mbulelo Wambi netted on the half-hour mark.

The game remained at 1-0 to the men from Parow, until a few minutes before full-time when Wambi netted the ball again to help his side earn its second win of the season.

Meanwhile, AmaZulu, who were relegated from the Absa Premier League last season, have decided against signing veteran centre-back Belux Bukasa Kasonga.

Kasonga recently said he was set for talks with the club’s management to discuss a possible return to the NFD outfit.

The 36-year-old, who is a free agent, spent seven years with Usuthu before joining BEC Tero Sasana of Thailand in 2013.

However, Brilliant Mkhathini, AmaZulu media officer, says coach Steve Barker will not be adding the player to his roster.

“It is not in line with the head coach’s plans. He has not trained with us either,” says Mkhathini.

“The people who used to play with him retired ages ago.”

Barker is thought to be looking for a replacement for Togolese defender Sadate Ouro Akoriko, who joined Saudi side Al Faisaly in August. –

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