Cup road leads to Athlone stadium

2015-10-06 06:00

All roads lead to Athlone stadium on Saturday when Safa Cape Town’s richest, most lucrative amateur soccer knockout competition – the Coca-Cola Cup – reaches its climax.

Lots of silverware will be up for grabs as three hotly contested titles will be played for in the senior men’s, women’s and boys’ u.18 divisions.

The battle lines are drawn as Milano United from Grassy Park and Young Idols from Manenberg enter the bullring in the men’s final.

Spurs Ladies and RV United meet in the women’s final.

Ajax Cape Town and Masidlale cross swords in the u.18 final.

Saturday’s final will bring along a unique piece of history for the Crowie family.

The brothers Desmond Crowie (mentor of Milano United) and Duncan Crowie (coach of u.18 Ajax Cape Town), both phenomenal professional soccer players, have been involved for more than two or three decades on the playing field and tutoring and nurturing talent at coaching level. They will become the first coaching brothers to reach the Coca-Cola Cup final.

Adding to this piece of 19-year Coke Cup history is the fact that Duncan’s son, Wade Crowie, who now plays for Milano United, also played twice under his dad’s mentorship and represented Ajax Cape Town at u.17 level in two Cup finals.

The Crowie brothers are delighted that both are leading their teams in Cup finals and would like to celebrate their moment if their respective club sides achieve Cup success.

With a winner’s cheque of R35 000 dangling in front of Milano United and Young Idols, fans can expect a tough if not tense final in which no quarter will be asked or given.

Idols coach Paul “Gazza” Johnson is equally confident. He has ball players like Shannon Hendricks, Gareth Sims and the Vigeland twins, Fadiel and Aadiel, to mention the Manenberg side that overcame Turfhall 5-4 on penalties in the semi-final and Wanderers FC from Langa 1-0 in the quarter-final. They are hopeful of putting up a stern test for the Grassy Park outfit.

Milano United has been buzzing all season and its mentor, Desmond Crowie, knows that it will not be necessary for him to lay down the gauntlet to motivate his ambitious players.

“They are raring to go and will wrap up our final training preparations on Friday,” says Crowie.

Meanwhile, defending champion Ajax Cape Town will start again as the favourite in what is a repeat of last year’s final between Ajax and Masidlale. Duncan Duncan Crowie’s side beat Masidlale 2-0.

The women’s final, which carries R15 000 in prize money for the winner, will most likely bring the best out of Spurs and RV United.

Coca-Cola Cup champions1996 - Liverpool-Portland

1997 - Jamestown United

1998 - Jamestown United

1999 - OriganRangers

2000 - Liverpool-Portland

2001 - Premier United

2002 - Premier United

2003 - Leeds Lentegeur

2004 - Milano United

2005 - Premier United

2006 - Rygersdal FC

2007 - Woodlands United

2008 - Jamestown United

2009 - Hanover Park FC

2010 - JL Zwane

2011 - Central AFC

2012 - Hanover Park

2013 - Jordan Callies

2014 - Silver Spurs

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