Greenwood to tackle Idols

2016-07-05 06:00

Quite a few mouth-watering soccer matches are scheduled for Sunday in the Round of the Last 64 in Safa Cape Town’s lucrative and ever-popular Coca-Cola Cup knockout competition.

At the time of going to press, the regional body Safa Cape Town had not finalized the available venues or those fields suited to be good condition to host the fourth round of matches in the Cape Peninsula.

This is the 20th chapter of the Coca-Cola Cup competition and it is a replica of what the FA Cup is to their English FA adversaries and has attracted over 500 amateur teams throughout the region.

Nonetheless it is all systems go and high among the people’s choice will be the clash between last years’ Coca-Cola Cup champions Young Idols and Greenwood Athletic.

The Retreat-based side Greenwood Athletic is currently enjoying a healthy season in the Cape District LFA Super League and is regarded as firm favourites to regain the championship title from Ocean View who won it last season.

With that in mind the Greenwood side face a stiff challenge against Young Idols and will have to be more clinical in order to beat their Manenberg opponents in a match that could produce some exciting football in this epic encounter.

However, Greenwood Athletic will be the second club side from Cape District LFA that Young Idols will be competing against following their 2-0 win over coach Richard Rahway’s Devonshire Rovers side recently.

Idols coach Paul “Gazza” Johnson has urged his players to be ruthless against Greenwood Athletic in order to keep their Coke Cup campaign alive.

Johnson states that the Retreat-based side could be a handful. “The key is to find ways to play through a very compact, very well organised Greenwood side. We have to find ways to find the forwards, find spots to go through. It doesn’t really matter what system you play. They are defensively very good and our strikers will have to more clinical and make sure that we find those opportunities against our opponents and finish them off,” adds Johnson.

Adding to the thrills, Silver Spurs – the 2014 former champions – will lock horns will Trinitarians after both teams rose to the occasion triumphantly in beating Kewtown United (4-2) and Hanover Rangers (5-1) respectively.

Silver Spurs coach Victor Tajoodien has always believed in his tried and tested faithful players like Elrico Corneillissen, Nizaam Muller, Dino Hendricks, Terence Boqwana and Cheslyn Tajoodien.

Equally confident is the Uitsig outfit and they will not lie down easily without a fight.

Liverpool-Portland from Mitchell’s Plain – who won the trophy twice, first in 1996 as the first recreants of knockout prime event and in 2000 – will enter the lion’s den with Grassy Park United in another intriguing game that should stretch both defences.

Crystal Palace having eliminated Milano United (2-1) in the previous round will meet Leeds Lentegeur in a contest that Palace coach, Achmat Williams, is pretty confident at his key players in Gavin Hammers and Lindani Ntamo with the support and backing of the other players in the team will pave the way for a place in the Last 32.

The derby clash between the Manenberg LFA teams, namely Tottenham Hotspurs and D&G Orient, has many fanatics talking and enthusias believe it will be a hard fought battle in which no quarter will be given.

Then spare a thought for the Juventus versus Cape Town Military clash.

Likewise the challenge between Highlands Park and Rygersdal and Mfuleni United up against three time Jamestown United champions (1997, 1998 and 2008) is among the finger licking matches that dare not be missed.

Other fixtures: Benfica vs Young Pirates, Dunoon YSA vs Glendene United, Langa Citizens vs Bluegum United, Heinz Park vs SSS Academy, Wesley United vs Riverside Rangers, Melchester Rovers vs Ravensmead, Kuils River vs Two For Joy, Eleven Attackers vs Leiden Fusion Spurs, Florentina vs Cape Town Rangers and FCG Hotspurs vs Eastern Rovers.

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