Local team trounces visitors at Lwandle tournament

2019-02-21 06:00

The under-19 charges of Helderberg Rovers claimed the title of a three-day football tournament at Lwandle Sports Complex at the weekend.

Hundreds of soccer fanatics gathered at the facility to witness local footballing talent doing battle on the pitch in a tournament organised by local soccer coach Dumsani Soyahamba.

The competition featured under-19, under-16 and senior teams from across the Cape, and included players plying their trade in the prestigious Vodacom League.

In the under-19 division the eventual winners came up against long-time rivals Manchester United in the final and claimed a 1-0 victory at the end of the 90 minutes. The emphatic victory marks the third time Rovers defeat United in tournament finals this year alone.

According to Sinovuyo Masoka, coach of Manchester United, his team lacked spirit on the day. “This team has beaten us so many times that my boys do not believe they can ever defeat them,” he related.

“They were afraid and nervous on the field, and made many mistakes. We play a good brand of football, but what I saw on the field today was not the team I am used to seeing.”

Helderberg Rovers’ striker Sibusiso Daniso branded this his team’s “year of success”. “We played very well and produced what we learn at training,” he related. “We are a different team this year and we will be unstoppable as we have shown in the past three tournaments.”

The senior division final produced some thrilling football, with a visiting team from Khayelitsha facing off against Helderberg Local Football Association league champions, Cape Royal FC.

The soccer loving crowd was entertained from the first whistle, as both teams showed off fantastic skills on the ball.

But the local team showed the visitors just why they are the league’s defending champions, handing them a 3-0 thrashing.

The losing team’s coach Thando Mpengesi said they will learn from the experience of playing against tough but classy opposition.

He said: “We tried everything we could against a very good team. Cape Royal played with experienced Vodacom League players, while we gave our regular starting players a run. We will take nothing but experience and sheer enjoyment from this great tournament.”

Soyahamba, coach of Cape Royal and tournament organiser, was on the touchline guiding his troops to glory. He believes his side was the better team on the day. “We did not allow them to play their game and forced them to follow our game plan,” he related.

“We saw their weaknesses and used that to our advantage. I would like to thank the people of Lwandle for filling the stadium throughout the three-day tournament; everything went according to plan and the competition was a roaring success.”

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