Roses bloom in cup first round

2012-03-12 08:52

Bloemfontein’s budding Roses United were the major surprise entrants in the Nedbank Cup last 16 draw this morning in Sandton.

The third-tier outfit beat First Division side Bay United 2-0 in an impressive showing in Botshabelo yesterday.

“Im very proud of the boys. We came [into the tournament] as underdogs,” said John Tlale, the Roses coach and former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper.

“I told the guys we had nothing to lose from this match. They [Bay United] were the ones under pressure.”

The top league sides bucked the tradition in the opening round of the cross-league cup, previously characterised by minnows outsmarting their more experienced opponents.

Mamelodi Sundowns set the new trend with a crushing 24-0 win over Powerlines FC, with midfielder Hlompho Kekana netting seven goals against a hapless Kimberly-based defence.

Fellow Premiership giants Kaizer Chiefs also eased their way through with a 3-0 win over Cape Town All Stars.

The first round was not without any scares, however, as defending champions Orlando Pirates needed a strike in the dying moments to secure a 1-0 win over Ethekwini Coastal, who are also in the regional third-tier league.

“They [Coastal] came with very good tactical organisation and have some good players,” said under-fire Pirates coach Julio Leal.

An embarassing loss would most likely have seen the Brazilian vacate the Buccaneers hot seat, despite two cup titles already in the bag this season.

SuperSport United needed the penalty shootout lottery to brush past Batau FC, while struggling Jomo Cosmos won by a narrow 2-1 margin against a determined African Warriors outfit.

There was a notable moment in the first round when veteran striker David Radebe wound back the clock, reminding fans of his poaching prowess.

The 32-year-old netted a hattrick for United FC as they trounced Vardos 3-1 in Tembisa.

The former Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs striker tops the scoring charts in the First Division and he said he was enjoying the time of his life after most had written off his once highly rated ability.

“I can give credit to my teammates with our performance. They played well,” Radebe said after his sterling display on Saturday.

“Im just enjoying the game and want the team to continue progressing.

“I am not concerned about who we play in the next round.”

The major first-round meeting was on Friday, between two former winners, as Bidvest Wits downed Moroka Swallows with a 1-0 victory in Dobsonville.

“Life goes on,” said Swallows coach Gordon Igesund. “We didn’t get going and were not compact enough.”

The match between AmaZulu and Ajax Cape Town in Durban was abandoned because of incliment weather yesterday.

They will meet for the replay tomorrow evening in the fight for the final berth in the second round of the competition.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.