24 December 2017 – Dube Continental FC’s assistant coach Collen Hans, whose side reached last year’s Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge final, was present on Saturday afternoon (23 December 2017) when Strokes FC sauntered past Dibabas FC with a 10-0 scoreline to book a date with them in this year’s last 16 knockout matches.
With his arms folded, Hans’ face cringed each time their now Tuesday afternoon (26 December 2017) opponents weaved beautiful passes amongst themselves in the final third, before scoring 10 of the most beautiful goals on the day.
And that’s because at the back of his mind, Hans was very much aware of the amount of work his side would have to put in their defensive third, if they are to stand a chance against a side which scored a total of 26 goals in their Group G matches.
In comparison, Continental, who finished top of Group B with 17 points, could only score 16 from seven group matches played.
Hans’ head coach Sipho Khumalo though, expressed that he was very much aware of the threat they were up against in pursuit of reaching the final again, like they did last year, however, he also added that he was not losing any sleep over the possibility of losing against them in their upcoming fixture.
“I trust my boys,” said Khumalo, “Strokes aren’t a side to be losing any sleep over. I didn’t even bother in following their matches, and that’s mainly because I have full confidence in my players.
“I’m also very much aware of the quality they have up in their final third. We’ll prepare well for them. I’m positive that we’ll go through to the quarter-finals.”
Meanwhile, exciting debutants La-Masia FC, who finished top of Group E, will take on Meadowlands Academy, while crowd favourites Soweto All Stars are expected to battle it out with Soweto Super United, in pursuit of a top eight spot in the cup competition.
DAY 24 RESULTS– DISCOVERY WALTER SISULU SOCCER CHALLENGE
- Glen Youth Development 0 vs. 2 Pimville Cameroon
- Thebe Stars FC 0 vs. 2 Greater Soweto F. Academy
- KZN Shinning Stars 0 vs. 1 Ambassador United
- R Boys FC 2 vs. 0 Zakhele Sports AcademyLADIES
1. Mito Stars FC 1 vs. 1 Soweto Ladies FCOPEN CATEGORY1. Prestine FC 19 vs. 0 PC Young Ones FC2. Super Spurs FC 0 vs. 2 Ndengeza FC3. Inqaba FC 4 vs. 1 Rockville FC
4. Mofolo BT Stars FC 1 vs. 0 Catalonia FC
5. Meadowlands Academy 2 vs. 2 Meadowlands All Stars FC
6. Opopo Academy 0 vs. 0 Pimville West Ham
7. Zola Seven Stars 2 vs. 0 Vlakfontein Happy Boys
8. Dzakaroski FC 6 vs. 0 BKM FC
9. Dlamini XI Experience 3 vs. 1 United FC
LAST 16 FIXTURES:
1. Protea Real Hearts FC vs. Dube Continental FC – 08h00
2. Infinity Sports vs. Orlando Real Sweepers – 08h00
3. Dlamini XI Experience vs. Qhakaza Development – 08h00
4. Ambassador United vs. Orange Army FC – 09h00
5. Super Spurs FC vs. Kibler Park United – 10h00
6. White City Spurs vs. Atletico FC – 10h00
7. Pimville Cameroon vs. Vaal Octopus FC – 11h00
8. Movers FC vs. J Stars FC – 16h30
1. Naledi Ladies FC vs. Soweto Fabulous Ladies FC – 14h30
2. Ya Rona Ladies FC vs. Jabu All Stars FC – 15h30
1. Dube Continental vs. Strokes FC – 11h00
2. Ndengeza FC vs. The Boys FC – 12h30
3. White City Spurs vs. Catalonia – 12h30
4. Senaoane Gunners vs. Pristine FC – 13h30
5. Mapetla All Stars vs. Pimville Cameroon – 14h30
6. Dzakaroski vs. Varsity College – 15h30
7. La-Masia vs. Meadowlands Academy – 17h00
6. Soweto Super United vs. Soweto All Stars – 18h30
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(IMAGE – Gaolahle Kgasoane of BKM is challenged by Lehlohonolo Ndlovu of Dzakaroski during the 2017 Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge match day 24 on 24 December 2017 at Nike Centre Soweto).
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