Bayhill trophy stays in Pta.

2017-04-18 06:01
Shaheem Jonas of Atlantic Nacional (left) and Junaid Daniels of Vasco da Gama are caught in a tussle for possession during the plate section final of the Bayhill Premier Cup on Monday. Vasco won 3-0 to claim plate honours.

Shaheem Jonas of Atlantic Nacional (left) and Junaid Daniels of Vasco da Gama are caught in a tussle for possession during the plate section final of the Bayhill Premier Cup on Monday. Vasco won 3-0 to claim plate honours. (Rashied Isaacs)

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Despite having 21 local teams in the 32-team tournament, not a single Cape Town side made it to the final of the Bayhill Premier Cup.

Instead, the final was an all-Pretoria affair as Mamelodi Sundowns squared off against defending champion SuperSport United.

Supersport won the final 4-2.

Sundowns, themselves a late inclusion in the line-up after replacing Kaizer Chiefs, secured their passage to the final by eliminating Cape Town’s last hope in the tournament, Cape Town City.

This semi-final result was determined by a penalty shoot out after the match ended goalless, with Sundowns edging the shoot out 5-4.

Defending champion United hammered Orlando Pirates 3-0 in the other semi-final.

The Gauteng derby between the two arch rivals was played in front of a capacity crowd, who witnessed the cream of South Africa’s young soccer talent.

Despite not having a major financial sponsor for this year’s tournament, tournament director PJ Williams believes the tournament was still a success after witnessing record crowds grace Erica Park in Belhar over the course of the long weekend.

“Nothing is amiss in terms of the standard of soccer as well as the dedication and commitment of the crowd in Cape Town. We can easily say that almost 10 000 people made their way through the gates over the six days.

“It is disappointing that our local teams did not come to the party this year, but that is soccer. Ajax Cape Town tried; however, it is not their year.

“Although Ajax Cape Town did not make the final, we had four Cape Town teams in both the plate and the mid-section final,” says Williams.

Teams such as Project Playground Langa (PPG) and Everton from Grassy Park impressed, with PPG eliminating Ajax Cape Town in the round of the last 16.

The dire water shortage in Cape Town put the tournament in jeopardy at one stage, but it went ahead following a last-minute intervention by the City of Cape Town.

“It’s because of the drought that the fields were not up to standard and I appreciate what the City has done in intervening and assisting with carting in water in order to activate at Erica Park.”

Team structure lets downMeanwhile, local soccer icon Keith America says that despite the wide variety of individual talent on display, the team chemistry seemed to be lacking.

“The talent is there. There are a good couple of players, but it is a pity that they could not gel as a team.

“Individually, a couple of players stood out. That is why the academies overpower us, because they are more structured than our local soccer teams in the way they defend and attack and their counterattacking.

“Individually we competed with every team, but tournaments are results-driven – if you don’t score goals, you can’t win tournaments,” says the former Cape Town Spurs player.

America was also impressed by both PPG and Everton’s showing in the tournament, following the former’s march to the mid-section title after being eliminated in its quarter-final encounter with SuperSport United.

“[PPG was] a force to be reckoned with. They just won the mid-section final and it is something. They even beat Ajax Cape Town in the last 16, so it is a team that could be reckoned with,” he says.

The former Santos caretaker coach adds that despite the Bayhill Premier Cup providing a platform for talent to shine, it is not enough to keep developing the best young talent locally.

“One tournament a year does not get the best out of players. A lot of players lose out because only a certain number of players get the exposure and we lose out on a lot of talent in Cape Town on the whole.

“We definitely need more of these types of tournaments to give our children a chance to express themselves at the end of the day.”

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