KaziFootball :We are going for a gold medal this year: The Rebels (Match day 10)
The Rebels are coming for the second time in this tournament and have given each team they come across a headache and produced a player of the tournament which was Koert in 2014.
The Rebels striker Kyly Koert says, the 2014 silver medallist Rebels will be going all out to win the gold medals in the 24th edition of the Philly’s Games. Koert said this following their 4-3 win on aggregate over Umlilo on Sunday morning at Esiqongweni sport ground. The Rebels seemed to be determined in continuing from where they left before the Christmas break. Umlilo created chances but couldn’t find the rhythm in front of goal.
In the second half the boys from Rabie Ridge, Wesberry and Eldorado park amplified the intensity and eventually they found the back of the net. The game was more open as both teams kept on testing each other. The Rebels having an advantage used Tshepo “Jomo”Matsila and Koert to keep Umlilo at the back as these players came like floods to Umlilo defenders.
Speaking after this game Koert said ’’in the 1st leg we scored two quick goals and they equalized, we found ourselves in the back foot. Coming to this game, we said look guys we can’t relax we need to push and concentrate in every minute of the game” said Koert. He continued to say, last year they dropped the ball in the final but this time they are very much alert of what is at stake.
Asking him about his personal goal in 2015 he said, he believes he will sign for one of the professional teams as he is busy negotiating with four teams. He says he spent most of his his time playing for Orlando Pirates but has never signed a contract.
Amandla has secured a comfortable 2-0 win over the struggling Abarondoli. Amandla played a goalless draw in the first leg. They came back with more courage with Joseph Mhlongo keeping Abarondoli last men working overtime. Speaking after the game Amandla’s captain Khutso Mohwatsileng said they are happy that they won using the young squad. ”we came to this game wanting to bury the chances we get, unlike the first game where we missed our chances” He went on to say they had a brief conversation with their chairman Mr Panyaza Lesufi. “The chairman said to us boys make me proud and I will make you proud as well” concluded Mohwatsileng.
Amasokolara scored the highest goals in one match, when they scored 10 goals. On Sunday they played their second leg and drew 1-1 against The Bees and won 11-3 on aggregate. It was one of the cold matches on the day. In their next fixture, they will play The Rebels in the Semi-final.
AmaBEE were eliminated by Mad bulls following an aggregate score of 2-2. The 1st leg ended on a 1-1 draw. In the second leg they both persuaded the ball to kiss the net once before it went to penalty shoots. Drama is an under understatement to what transpired during the penalties. After both sides had scored 4-4, the Bulls players protested and there was no one who was willing to take the 5th penalty. The referee together with the organizers had pinch the players in order to step up and take the responsibility. The penalties were kicked until AmaBEE penalty was saved by the keeper and the Bulls scored. They won 10-9 advancing to the semi-final.
Amongst the professional players who were attending this tournament were Kaizer Chiefs players, Reinelwe “Yeye”Letsholonyane, Tshepo Masilela and George Maluleke.