Victory for EC Bees

0
183
NO WAY THROUGH: Aviwe Baartman, left, of Lion City tries to run past Thobile Mkhize during the Nedbank Cup qualifiers at the Dumpy Adams sports ground on Saturday Picture: BHONGO JACOB
NO WAY THROUGH: Aviwe Baartman, left, of Lion City tries to run past Thobile Mkhize during the Nedbank Cup qualifiers at the Dumpy Adams sports ground on Saturday Picture: BHONGO JACOB

THE Dumpy Adams sports ground played host to the Nedbank Cup qualifying games of the AB Motsepe Eastern Cape league teams on Saturday.
Four teams participated in the games including Tornado FC from East London, Lion City from Port Elizabeth, EC Bees from Bhisho and Matat Professionals from Matatiele which made it to the play offs for the first time this year.
The first semi final was a showdown between defending champions Tornado FC and Lion City. The game was tight at 0-0 at half time but the East London team’s only goal of the match during the second half secured them a spot in the final.
Fans were kept entertained with the second game producing more action between EC Bees and Matat Professionals.
The Bees strikers were kept at bay by the Matat Professionals defenders as they made numerous attempts towards the goal posts.
Tensions were high in the dying minutes of the game and unprofessional behaviour from the Matat coach off the field saw him receiving a red card for allegedly hurling insults at the referee.
In the end EC Bees claimed a narrow win through Themba Dlamini’s last minute goal. The final game of the day produced six goals during normal playing time. Bees came from two goals down to hold Tornado FC to a 3-3 draw, forcing the match to be decided on penalties when Bees narrowly took the lead by 10-9.
SAFA Eastern Cape general secretary Isaac Klaas said Bees would play the winning team from the SAB league with the match winner to represent the province in the Nedbank last 32.
“People only see the last 32 on television and they do not know that it starts at the lowest level with teams from the SAB league and AB Motsepe from all 52 regions. This is an opportunity for the amateur players to get to play against the professionals,” he said.
“We have seen a team, Baroka FC, that came from these games and is now playing in the PSL. We do have Eastern Cape teams that have made it into the last 32 and we really hope that this year we will have a team that will go far in the tournament. The team that makes it to the last 32 gets a prize of R100000.”

Leave a Reply