It was raining goals on the opening day of the 2013 Metropolitan SASFA U-16 Cup which kicked off in fine style at the Seshego stadium in Polokwane on Wednesday. An impressive total of 83 goals were scored in the 18 matches as the top school teams from around the country let their feet do the talking to the delight of the crowd that had gathered to see an excellent display of good quality, attacking football.
Prior to the opening fixture, each of the teams was lead in a march around the main field by a troupe of drum majorettes before dignitaries from SASFA, Metropolitan and representatives of the provincial and local government welcomed everybody and declared the tournament open.
In Group A, Zendeling from Mpumalanga have set the early pace with two wins out of two, just ahead of the Western Cape’s Sun Valley on goal difference, while in Group B, Gauteng representatives, the School of Excellence lead the pack ahead of Ntsu from the Free State and Tikhontele from Mpumalanga. Group C is closer, with Johannesburg Secondary and HTS Louis Botha vying for top spot ahead of Charles Morgan from the Eastern Cape. The other Eastern Cape side, Zamokuhle lead local Limpopo favourites Benny’s Care in Group D but with another full day of fixtures ahead to complete the group phase there is still ample opportunity for teams to mount a late charge to qualify for the next round.
“If this first day is anything to go by, we are in for a real feast of football over the coming four days. When one sees the emerging talent in our country begin to flourish it reinforces the belief that our focus on youth development will yield positive benefits for many years to come and it is a great testament to the foresight of our sponsors, Metropolitan, who also recognise the importance of this approach and have provided the resources to make it possible,” said SASFA president, Mandla ‘Shoes’ Mazibuko.
The action resumes on Tuesday morning, with the first matches scheduled to kick off at 08h13 and the final round of group fixtures commencing at 14h45. The knockout rounds take place on Thursday and Friday, culminating with the grand final on Saturday.
Day 1 Results
Tiger Kloof (NW) 2-3 Emthonjeni (KZN)
Matsambu (Limp) 0-4 Sun Valley (WC)
Zendeling (Mp) 6-2 Matsambu
Emthonjeni 0-3 Sun Valley
Tiger Kloof 1-7 Zendeling
School of Excellence (GP) 2-1 Ntsu (FS)
Gatelapele (NW) 1-3 Buthathubunye (KZN)
Tikhontele (Mp) 8-1 Gatelapele
Ntsu 3-1 Buthathubunye
School of Excellence 5-0 Tikhontele
Charles Morgan (EC) 2-5 JHB Secondary (GP)
HTS Louis Botha 2-0 Kakamas (NC)
Charles Morgan 2-0 Kakamas
JHB Secondary 0-0 HTS Louis Botha
Benny’s Care (Limp) 3-3 Zamokuhle (EC)
Gamohana (NC) 2-0 Beaufort West (WC)
Zamokuhle 7-1 Gamohana
Benny’s Care 2-1 Beaufort West