KaziFootball : Amandla and The Rebels to tussle in the final at the Philly’s game (Match day 12)
The Rebels has once again secured their spot in the 2015 Philly’s game tournament, following their win of 5-2 on aggregate over Amasokolara at Makhulong stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Rebels won 3-0 on the first leg when they defeated Amasokolara 3-0 on Monday afternoon at Esiqongweni sport ground. In the second leg Amasokolara came to this game energized, but their effort were not enough to make them equalize. They managed to score twice but failed to shut the back door. Rebels scored two as and progressed to the finals for the second time in a raw.
Amasokolara could have come to the second leg with one goal in the bag, but they missed the penalty in the first leg towards the fading minutes of the game. After this match a chaotic situation erupted when Amasokolara mentor Jerry Sikhosana had a confrontation with the match officials, complaining about unfair match officiating. However the organizers extinguished that fire ahead of the second leg which saw the Sikhosana boys eliminated from the competition.
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Amandla also reserved their seat in the final when they defeated Mad Bulls by 3-1 on Aggregate. Amandla which are owned by the MEC of Education in Gauteng Payaza Lesufi, came to this match with one goal in the sack. They scored two quick goals which made it three before Mad Bulls could pull one back. Bulls strived to create chances but they simply lost the ball to the confident Amandla, who were just show boating almost the entire game. Lesufi was part of the technical team on bench which was dishing motivation to the players. Speaking ahead of this game Joseph Mhlongo who plays for Amandla said, the players are more confident that they will do well even in the final. “We are using players who less experienced, however we will be bringing few experienced players for these remaining crucial games”said Mhlongo who also play for FC Cape Town in the ABC Motsepe league.
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There is no doubt that this will be an electrifying encounter between these two sides. The Rebels lost their foot in the final and ended up the silver medallist, losing to the eliminated Gomora. Amandla are the 2012 champions who won the title and failed to defend it. When Amandla won this title, there were players like Siyabonga Nhlapho who is currently registered in the books of Bidvest Wits. Today Amandla introduced Mthokozisi Yende to strengthen their midfield.
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The Rebels will also be bringing the likes of Kyle Koert who was the player of the tournament in the 2014 edition. Tshepo Matsila is one of the players who have been magnificent in the Rebels colours.
Speaking after this game, the Philly’s game PRO Nthabiseng Mokoena said the tournament was the success, from the fans, the goals and the standard of football which was displayed by the teams. She further said teams like Dream team dropped the ball when they conceded 10 goals in one game. Mokoena went on to say such teams makes one to ask herself whether they do deserve to participate in the tournament. She also commented about the chaos which exploded between Amasokolara mentor, Jerry Sikhosana and the match officials. She said they expect all the parties who participating in the tournament to show sportsmanship and work together with the match officials. “I respect Mr Jerry Sikhosana, I believe in future we will work better with him, I think it all began as the result of using foul language. Referees won’t tolerate foul language” said Mokoena
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder George Maluleke who has been attending these games said, It has been an entertaining tournament and he expect a captivating game tomorrow when Amandla takes on the tenacious Rebels. ‘’As a guy who grew up in this township, I will be supporting Amandla my home boys. They will win it “concluded Maluleke.
The final will kick off at 18h00 at Makhulong stadium. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets at the gate at the price of R30.