Borman rolls back the years

2015-10-13 06:00
Earl Jafta of East London Central (left) clears the ball as Armien Campbell of Cape Town Tygerberg takes evasive action in the senior final of the interprovincial district tournament held at William Herbert on Saturday. The Cape Towners won 3-1.

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Earl Jafta of East London Central (left) clears the ball as Armien Campbell of Cape Town Tygerberg takes evasive action in the senior final of the interprovincial district tournament held at William Herbert on Saturday. The Cape Towners won 3-1. P

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Legendary soccer player Daniel “Dot” Borman, a phenomenal professional player in his heyday, may have relived some of his glory days this past weekend when he led his charges, the board side of Cape Town Tygerberg, to clinch the senior division of the interprovincial Goodwill tournament.

A remarkable fight by CT Tygerberg – who trailed 1-0 at the break – turned the second half on its head to beat a gutsy and hyped-up East London Central side 3-1.

Spare a thought for Charles Petersen, the East London Central coach who agreed that his boys ran out of stream in the second stance with tired legs in a three-day tournament that was a bit taxing on the players.

Nonetheless, Aviwe Klaas, who was also chosen as the player of the tournament, opened the scoring for the visitors from East London. They held onto their 1-0 lead at the interval.

After the changeover a much-focused and resurgent CT Tygerberg side started to knock the ball around and began to play with purpose, often putting severe pressure on their opponents.

It also must be said that CT Tygerberg goalkeeper Shirau Wilks (goalkeeper of the tournament) kept his side in the game.

Meanwhile, Fernal Abrahams equalised matters for Tygerberg early in the second half after good assist play through Wagiet Damont. The team later surged 2-1 ahead through an Armien Campbell goal.

In the later stages of the game Tygerberg’s Charles van der Vent was fouled in the penalty area and Abrahams sealed the match and his second goal from the spot kick (3-1).

In the semi-final berth the action was just as captivating if not as exciting – especially the Eastern Cape derby in which East London Central shaded Northern Areas from Port Elizabeth 2-1, thanks to second-half goals by Sheldon Stevens and Alistair Visage.

Sergio Vardy gave Northern Areas the lead midway through the first half.

In the other semi-final CT Tygerberg, who earlier in the round robin format lost 2-0 to Cape district, set the cat among the pigeons, this time thanks to a solid strike by Iekeraan Peterson. CT Tygerberg won 1-0.

The top goalscorer prize went to Enrico Plaatjies of Northern Areas. He banged in six goals while Marlon Hansby of Northern Suburbs won the referee of the tournament award.

Tournament coordinator Iqbal Kasker said the tournament once again brought plenty new and refreshing ideas to administrators as well as to soccer players forging relationships on and off the field.

“This concept of interacting with local soccer associations may not be like that of past interprovincial soccer, but through this initiative at local level we seek further to enhance the overall development of promoting amateur football development in the region – the Goodwill tournament is all about showcasing the wealth of talent across the face of the country,” said Kasker.

Nathan Less, president of the host Cape District, said he was pleased with the turnout and that the three-day Goodwill tournament brought spectators from far and wide. He hopes in the broader sense the initiative will inspire other, more fun-loving soccer fans and local associations to embrace it and participate.

Results:

U.11

Cup Final: Northern Areas 4, CT Tygerberg 2 (pen, 0-0).

U.13

Cup Final: Northern Areas 2, Northern Suburbs 0.

U.15

Cup Final: CT Tygerberg 5, Northern Suburbs 4 (pen, 2-2).

U.17

Cup Final: Northern Areas 1, Northern Suburbs 0

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