YOUTH TOURNY BRINGS AVALANGE OF GOALS
By: Lucky Khanyile
KZN Academy opened the Durban Under 19 International Football Tournament on a high as they stunned PSV Eindhoven 3-2 at King Zwelithini Stadium yesterday.
Goals from Menzi Ndwandwe, Mpumelelo Mdladla and Thabo Cele made sure that the visitors ate humble pie. The Dutch based-side opened the scoring with their talismanic striker, van der Moot Dani, finding the back of the net after sloppy defending from the home team.
However, the KwaZulu-Natal based squad were undeterred.
They were rewarded with arguably the best goal of the tournament as Thabo Cele unleashed a sneaky chip from just inside his own half, beating the retreating keeper. Varreth Mathias scored the second for the visitors.
The other game on the day saw Arsenal thrashing Celtic by 4-2 which meant the opening two fixtures of the tournament shared eleven goals between them. This is a great start for the international tournament, with goals galore in both matches.
These two games showed that spectators will not suffer a goal drought in the tournament hosted by KZN for the second successive year. KZN Academy coach, Scelo Qwabe told Journalismiziko that he is happy with his side but rues the lack of concentration.
“We conceded an early goal but we bounced back after sleeping in the early stages of the game. I am glad we came back and took our chances in the right way, scoring three goals before halftime.
The turnout of the crowd was gratifying but I urge those who didn’t pitch to come and watch these youngsters play good football,” said Cele
PSV manager, Greert Brusselerns, expressed his delight in the performance of his boys in the first game, while hailing the superb goals from the home team.
“We had a great game when it comes to resistance since it’s our first game in the preseason.
I am satisfied, we dominated and carried the game throughout but we lost lots of balls and the opponent punished us.
We could have won the game but we didn’t take our chances. All credit to the opponent, they scored beautiful goals,” said Brusselerns.