Shaky City put up a brave fight against Brazil

2008-10-27 00:00

With Sobantu Shooting Stars having had a bye last weekend, the focus fell on the local sport derby between Brazil and Maritzburg City at the Northdale stadium last Friday.

The game didn’t reach any great heights as far as derbies go, but it did have its moments of brilliance and more spectators left happy than sad.

Brazil won the game 2-1, but they were made to sweat for the victory as City matched them pound for pound.

Brazil were on the scoreboard in the 39th minute with a scrappy goal scored by the evergreen Lloyd Wilter, who played his first game for Brazil this year.

Wilter was a regular in the team until he went for a number of trials with professional clubs around the country.

However, he felt that it was difficult to dig up roots and he returned to play for Brazil in the Vodacom League, hoping to take them to promotion to the National First Division in the near future.

Maritzburg City, who are in the process of rebuilding their team after a number of players left to seek greener pastures, came back strongly in the second half and scored the equaliser, but Brazil put the nail in the coffin towards the end to run out winners.

It is believed that Sobantu Shooting Stars would also want to use Northdale as their home base as the grounds in Sobantu are not up to playing standard.

However, it was not clear whether their match against Newcastle Sicillians will be played at Northdale or at Sobantu this Sunday.

Sobantu Shooting Stars, still smarting against the defeat by Amajuba United Killers the previous week, have had a week to get their house in order and have promised their supporters a win this weekend.

The 1-0 loss was the first defeat for Sobantu and it is not an easy pill to swallow, said someone from the management.

Maritzburg City also have a home game this weekend. They take on one of the oldest clubs in South African soccer, African Wanderers, at the Wadley stadium on Sunday.

African Wanderers, who were plying their trade in PSL not so many years ago, have spiralled out of control and are now playing in the Vodacom League.

However, City should have the measure of them with the home ground advantage.

Brazil next travel out to Durban to engage Claremont United.

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