Bayhill Cup aspirant players make their intent

2018-01-18 06:00
SuperSport United came into the final of the 2017 Bayhill Premier Cup as many people’s clear favourites against their Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns. Having a defense boasting a record of not having been breached for the entire tournament coming into the final and the tournaments top scorer and stand out talent at their disposal. Sundowns knew they had a massive task on their hands to see of Matsasansa.SuperSport ensured the game was over when they went three up midway through the second half. Sundowns pulled one back but parity was restored within minutes. Sundowns wrapped up the scoring with a late penalty.

SuperSport United came into the final of the 2017 Bayhill Premier Cup as many people’s clear favourites against their Tshwane rivals Mamelodi Sundowns. Having a defense boasting a record of not having been breached for the entire tournament coming into the final and the tournaments top scorer and stand out talent at their disposal. Sundowns knew they had a massive task on their hands to see of Matsasansa.SuperSport ensured the game was over when they went three up midway through the second half. Sundowns pulled one back but parity was restored within minutes. Sundowns wrapped up the scoring with a late penalty.

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Approximately 156 teams applied to be part of the annual Bayhill Premier Cup competition for U.19 teams that will be held over the Easter weekend.

According to Patrick Williams, tournament director, the play-offs is open for all football clubs affiliated to Safa and the Local Football Associations.

“The preliminary rounds is played by a home and away system on the same day. We need to get to 28 teams in order to get to the final qualifiers which will be seven groups of four teams. We call that process the ‘round robin stage’. This round will tak place by the second weekend of February,” Williams said.

From the 28 teams, 14 teams will qualify for the main event.

“The proper tournament that will take place from 28 March to 2 April. The format of the Bayhill Premier Cup is 32 teams, consisting of eight groups of four teams each,” Williams said.

He added that over the Easter weekend the amount of teams will be made up of invited teams that will be visiting Cape Town plus two Premier Soccer League teams (Ajax Cape Town and Cape City) in Cape Town.

“We will confirm the visiting and qualifying teams once all have been confirmed. Teams from local LFA’s competed the past weekend to progress to the next round before the 28 teams are identified before the second weekend in February,” Williams said.

Supersport United won the title last year when they beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the final.

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