Lions roaring for win

2015-07-29 06:00

THE Hungry Lions FC from Postmasburg plan to grab the opportunity of playing in the 2015 National First Division play-offs with both hands.

Wednesday (22/07), on the third day of the play-offs at the Galeshewe and De Beers Stadiums in Kimberley, is their chance to beat the odds.

The play-offs come to an end on Sunday (26/07).

The group A match is scheduled to start at 09:00 at the De Beers Stadium with Hungry Lions facing North-West Shining Stars.

If they win, they will qualify for the group B matches.

Many football fans were left in doubt after the team won an arbitration case against Kuruman Kicks, who reportedly won the Vodacom play-offs with a default player.

Although Hungry Lions’ head coach, Hendry “Shabba” Bassie, managed to put on a brave face and emphasised that they would pull through the tournament, it is unlikely to most that they are mentally ready for the game.

The results of the arbitration case were only released last week Thursday (16/07) just before 17:00, while Express Northern Cape was interviewing Bassie telephonically.

He said that they had won the case with the disciplinary committee after filing the complaint, and continued to practise for the play-offs because they expected to win the case.

Bassie said that they would not allow themselves to be bullied by opposition teams.

He said that they were struggling to pay for their training grounds.

They could not get any sponsorship due to the delay in results of the arbitration case and thus ended up with no sponsorship at all.

“We were expecting these disappointments even before the tournament and decided to blame external factors afterwards.

“It is a setback for the province to be always left in the dark by those who are expected to uplift us.”

He, however, sees this as a chance for his team to pocket the first prize or at least finish as the runners-up in the tournament.

The winners will receive a whopping R800 000, with an additional R200 000 to be applied for the development of a youth football project chosen by the winner in consultation with both Safa and the Motsepe Foundation.

The runners-up will receive an amount of R400 000, with an additional R100 000 to be spent on the development of youth football.

“When you get an opportunity you must grab it with both hands. In spite of us having to struggle with facilities in our own province, we have to strive harder.

“We have a balanced team with former PSL and NFD players. We rely on this team to get the promotion in this game,” concluded the coach.

When you get an opportunity you must grab it with both hands. In spite of us having to struggle with facilities in our own province, we have to strive harder

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