Stakes raised in Coke Cup

Darryn Maarman of Rygersdal (here heading the ball away from Marco Russell of Bellville City) will one of Rygersdal’s key players in their last 32 Coke Cup encounter in Heideveldon Sunday. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs
Darryn Maarman of Rygersdal (here heading the ball away from Marco Russell of Bellville City) will one of Rygersdal’s key players in their last 32 Coke Cup encounter in Heideveldon Sunday. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Some gruelling encounters are expected when the teams lock horns in the round of the last 32 in Safa Cape Town’s lucrative and prestigious Coca-Cola Cup competition on Sunday.

The competition, which takes place in Grassy Park, Bonteheuwel, Heideveld and at Telkom Park in Milnerton, will see teams compete for senior men, women and u.18 boys’ honours, celebrating 21 years since its inception in 1996 in a collaboration between the soft drink company Peninsula Beverages and Safa Cape Town.

Both have forged a strong bond in empowering soccer players in developing the game across the spectrum of the Cape Town region and its 34 local football associations (LFAs) and associate members’ borders.

In Heideveld, the partisan crowds will no doubt be treated when the former 2006 champions Rygersdal face either Benfica or ­Clover.

The Rygersdal side will depend on their key players, like Darryn Maarman and Yusuf Abrahams, who are likely to play a decisive role in their team’s progress to the next round.

The derby between the Mitchell’s Plain LFA teams, FC Tafelzucht and Leeds Lentegeur, at the Rooikraans sports complex in Grassy Park is another action-packed showpiece that should not be missed.

It has all the ingredients of a cup final in itself.

Both coaches, Mervyn Nantes (of Leeds) and Barry Africa (ZuchtPower), are playing their cards close to their chests ahead of the match.

Rafiek Nel, Ashley Arnold and Gary Havenga will be Leeds Lentegeur’s trump cards and spell trouble for ZuchtPower’s back four, Kyle Daries, skipper Reno Mulder, Nasroedien Abrahams and Michyle-Alwyn Hendricks.

An interesting question is also whether Leeds will be able to stave off Tafelzucht’s three-pronged attack by Sawaal Lekay, Cleveland Abrahams and Lance Adams, coupled with the two roving midfielders, Ebrahiem Theunissen and Waleed Krotz.

In Bonteheuwel Liverpool-Portland – the cup holders of 1996 and 2000 – will have a tough nut to crack when they square up to Greenwood Athletic in a game in which the Retreat side should have the edge over their Mitchell’s Plain opponents.

Home team Bluegum United, who made it to the final twice (in 2008 and 2014) but lost out to Jamestown United and Silver Spurs respectively, come to the fore against Hanover Park.

Hanover Park, who were crowned Coke Cup champions in 2009 and 2012, will be determine to keep their Metropolitan LFA flag flying.

Sunday fixtures Grassy Park: FC Tafelzucht vs Leeds Lentegeur, Chelsea AU vs Langa Wanderers, Celtic vs Strandfontein, Crystal Palace vs United Brothers, Kalksteenfontein/ FC Cafda vs Glendene United.

Bonteheuwel: Hanover Park vs Bluegum United, Greenwood Athletic vs Liverpool-Portland, Kraaifontein FC/ Royal Chiefs vs Silver Spurs, Kuils River vs Woodlands United.

Heideveld: Benfica/ Clover vs Rygersdal, Valhalla United vs Y2K FC, Hustlaz vs SSS Academy/ PSV Eindhoven/ Southampton.

Telkom Park: Blaauwberg United vs FCG Hotspurs (13:00), Two Oceans Academy vs Durbanville (13:00), D&G Orient vs Jumbo Giants, Dunoon YSA vs Primrose Park.

Some gruelling encounters are expected when the teams lock horns in the round of the last 32 in Safa Cape Town’s Coca-Cola Cup competition on Sunday.

The competition, which takes place in Grassy Park, Bonteheuwel, Heideveld and at Telkom Park in Milnerton, will see teams compete for senior men, women and u.18 boys’ honours, celebrating 21 years since its inception in 1996 in a collaboration between the soft drink company Peninsula Beverages and Safa Cape Town. Both have forged a strong bond in empowering soccer players in developing the game across the Cape Town region and its 34 local football associations (LFAs).

In Heideveld, the partisan crowds will no doubt be treated when the former 2006 champions Rygersdal face either Benfica or Clover. The Rygersdal side will depend on their key players, like Darryn Maarman and Yusuf Abrahams, who are likely to play a decisive role in their team’s progress to the next round.

The derby between the Mitchell’s Plain LFA teams, FC Tafelzucht and Leeds Lentegeur, at the Rooikraans sports complex in Grassy Park is another action-packed showpiece that should not be missed. It has all the ingredients of a cup final in itself.

Both coaches, Mervyn Nantes (of Leeds) and Barry Africa (ZuchtPower), are playing their cards close to their chests ahead of the match. Rafiek Nel, Ashley Arnold and Gary Havenga will be Leeds Lentegeur’s trump cards and spell trouble for ZuchtPower’s back four, Kyle Daries, skipper Reno Mulder, Nasroedien Abrahams and Michyle-Alwyn Hendricks.

An interesting question is also whether Leeds will be able to stave off Tafelzucht’s three-pronged attack by Sawaal Lekay, Cleveland Abrahams and Lance Adams, coupled with the two roving midfielders, Ebrahiem Theunissen and Waleed Krotz.

In Bonteheuwel Liverpool-Portland – the cup holders of 1996 and 2000 – will have a tough nut to crack when they square up to Greenwood Athletic in a game in which the Retreat side should have the edge over their Mitchell’s Plain opponents.

Home team Bluegum United, who made it to the final twice (in 2008 and 2014) but lost out to Jamestown United and Silver Spurs respectively, come to the fore against Hanover Park. Hanover Park, who were crowned Coke Cup champions in 2009 and 2012, will be determine to keep their Metropolitan LFA flag flying.

Sunday fixtures Grassy Park: FC Tafelzucht vs Leeds Lentegeur, Chelsea AU vs Langa Wanderers, Celtic vs Strandfontein, Crystal Palace vs United Brothers, Kalksteenfontein/ FC Cafda vs Glendene United.

Bonteheuwel: Hanover Park vs Bluegum United, Greenwood Athletic vs Liverpool-Portland, Kraaifontein FC/ Royal Chiefs vs Silver Spurs, Kuils River vs Woodlands United.

Heideveld: Benfica/ Clover vs Rygersdal, Valhalla United vs Y2K FC, Hustlaz vs SSS Academy/ PSV Eindhoven/ Southampton.

Telkom Park: Blaauwberg United vs FCG Hotspurs (13:00), Two Oceans Academy vs Durbanville (13:00), D&G Orient vs Jumbo Giants, Dunoon YSA vs Primrose Park.

Some gruelling encounters are expected when the teams lock horns in the round of the last 32 in Safa Cape Town’s lucrative and prestigious Coca-Cola Cup competition on Sunday.

The competition, which takes place in Grassy Park, Bonteheuwel, Heideveld and at Telkom Park in Milnerton, will see teams compete for senior men, women and u.18 boys’ honours, celebrating 21 years since its inception in 1996 in a collaboration between the soft drink company Peninsula Beverages and Safa Cape Town.

Both have forged a strong bond in empowering soccer players in developing the game across the spectrum of the Cape Town region and its 34 local football associations (LFAs) and associate members’ borders.

In Heideveld, the partisan crowds will no doubt be treated when the former 2006 champions Rygersdal face either Benfica or Clover. The Rygersdal side will depend on their key players, like Darryn Maarman and Yusuf Abrahams, who are likely to play a decisive role in their team’s progress to the next round.

The derby between the Mitchell’s Plain LFA teams, FC Tafelzucht and Leeds Lentegeur, at the Rooikraans sports complex in Grassy Park is another action-packed showpiece that should not be missed. It has all the ingredients of a cup final in itself.

Both coaches, Mervyn Nantes (of Leeds) and Barry Africa (ZuchtPower), are playing their cards close to their chests ahead of the match.

Rafiek Nel, Ashley Arnold and Gary Havenga will be Leeds Lentegeur’s trump cards and spell trouble for ZuchtPower’s back four, Kyle Daries, skipper Reno Mulder, Nasroedien Abrahams and Michyle-Alwyn Hendricks.

An interesting question is also whether Leeds will be able to stave off Tafelzucht’s three-pronged attack by Sawaal Lekay, Cleveland Abrahams and Lance Adams, coupled with the two roving midfielders, Ebrahiem Theunissen and Waleed Krotz.

In Bonteheuwel Liverpool-Portland – the cup holders of 1996 and 2000 – will have a tough nut to crack when they square up to Greenwood Athletic in a game in which the Retreat side should have the edge over their Mitchell’s Plain opponents. Home team Bluegum United, who made it to the final twice (in 2008 and 2014) but lost out to Jamestown United and Silver Spurs respectively, come to the fore against Hanover Park.

Hanover Park, who were crowned Coke Cup champions in 2009 and 2012, will be determine to keep their Metropolitan LFA flag flying

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