Stellies FC v Maritzburg Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
Stellies FC v Maritzburg Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

A tale of football woe for Cape teams

By Mike de Bruyn Time of article published Feb 10, 2020

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CAPE TOWN – The Mother City suffered a disappointing weekend in the Nedbank Cup when three of their teams were knocked out in the last 32 at the weekend.

PSL outfit Stellenbosch FC and NFD side Ajax Cape Town both literally paid the penalty as they exited the competition via penalty shootouts to Maritzburg United and TS Sporting respectively. Stellies were beaten 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 stalemate with the Team of Choice after 120 minutes, while Ajax lost 4-3 via spot kicks having also drawn 2-2 after extra time.

Cape Town City were dumped out of the Nedbank Cup after they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of NFD side Mbombela United at the Kanyamazane Stadium yesterday.

Stellies were twice in the lead via Mpho Matsi and Lelethu Skelem, but they surrendered their advantage before the break following Thabiso Kutumela’s brace for the visitors.

Yet Stellies’ exit could be a blessing in disguise as they can now focus their efforts entirely on the PSL that sees the top-flight rookies not too far away from the relegation zone. “I was not displeased with the performance, just disappointed with the result,” said Stellies coach Steve Barker.

“Now we concentrate our efforts on our league campaign. Credit to Maritzburg and good luck to them in the next round.”

Ajax, on the other hand, could similarly see the positive from the defeat as it will allow them to focus on their promotional efforts. But assistant coach Calvin Marlin was hopping mad at the end of the match.

“I wasn’t happy with the way we played,” Marlin said “The way we conceded goals was unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like it.

It’s amazing how a player can walk through three, four players and half a shot gets in.” 

Mike de Bruyn

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