On Saturday, Amavarara earned bragging rights when they conquered the town, while drawing first blood against close league rivals in one spectacular outing.
ABC Motsepe league teams were in town to compete in the first round of the Nedbank Cup, on the Dumpy Adams fields.
The first round of games for the Eastern Cape teams is divided into four groups. Amavarara, the home team, featured in a group with Matta Milan who are a place behind them on the log at one and two respectively. SUBS and Highbury completed the group.
The other groups were to be played at Mt Ayliff, Port Elizabeth and East London. Teams played knockouts via a draw and the group winners will meet in Mthatha tomorrow.
In the first game, Highbury lost to SUBS 3-1. Next, Amavarara ousted Matta Milan. They trounced them 4-0 and set the tone for a league rivalry to watch for the rest of the season.
Amavarara coach, Thomas Tshabalala, exhausted after the match, called the game tough. “I have not eaten the whole day because I was worried about this game. Now I can breathe,” he said.
In the final Amavarara kept their great form and took the match 3-0 against SUBS.
Amavarara assistant coach Wiseman Mdunana said the team was happy about winning the group but they would still keep their heads down. “It is still too early to celebrate. We are taking the competition seriously because we have a lot of young players we want to develop. This is their chance to prove themselves,” he said.
Roads will lead to the round of 32 which will feature regional leagues, ABC Motsepe, National First Division and PSL teams. But first, Amavarara will have to conquer the Eastern Cape. If they win tomorrow, the last hurdle will be a playoff against the winner of the Safa regional league.