Change of plans
On Wednesday Penting Property 2 defeated Sterling House 2 3-2, however, it turned out that one of Penting Property 2 players did not reside at the residence. This rendered him not eligible to play for the team.
“I found out after a few games after the two teams played. The Sterling House boys showed me a clip and we eventually came to a decision with both teams,” said DUT Res-Life Sports Coordinator, Zethembele Skhakhane.
That decision was that the two teams play again – and play again they did. However, this time Sterling House 2 came out on top by defeating Penting Property 2 2-0, therefore Sterling House 2 advanced to the top 5 and replace Penting Properties as Team B.
Before the game Mncedisi Ndlovu, Sterling House 2 coach, said they take a video of every game they play just so they can review the footage and learn from their mistakes. However, when they reviewed Wednesday’s footage, they saw more than just mistakes – they saw an unfamiliar player. Ndlovu was confident they would win.
“I did say we would win the game and fix our mistakes,” said an excited Ndlovu after the game.
A disappointed Zama Gcumisa, who registered Penting Property 2 for the tournament, said things like this happen.
“I’m very disappointed, especially since we won yesterday,” she said.
However, it was no rest for the weary for Sterling House 2 as they played Renaissance 1 immediately after they defeated Penting Property 2. In this game they were not lucky at all as they lost 4-1 to Renaissance 1.
The second game in the last 5 group stage saw Hlelo Properties 1 take on Persada 1. Nhlanhla Mbili, Persada 1 coach said he would comment after the game on whether the boys will make it through to the next round. Unfortunately, they lost 1-0.
“I think we need to go back to the gym, we haven’t been practising for two weeks. I think the guys get tired very fast, so we’ll go back to gym,” said Mbili.
Sabelo Ngubane, Hlelo Properties 1 goalkeeper, said the game was walk in the park.
“I heard this team [Persada 1] scores a lot of goals so I was a bit surprised. We’ll come out number one in this group stage,” said a confident Ngubane.
In their second match of the day Renaissance 1 took on DUT Staff which ended in a goalless draw.
Samkelo Ntanzi, Renaissance 1 coach, said they did well in their earlier game but now they drew which means the competition is tough.
“We managed to get a point in this game, and I think that’s enough,” said Ntanzi.
For the third time in the day and the second time in the last 5 group stage Sterling House 2 took on Hlelo Properties 1 which ended in a 1-1 draw.
The last 5 group stage continues.
Picture: Linda Sosibo