Following the round of 32 of the Gauteng Development League Youth Cup last weekend, the competition sees Gauteng’s best clashing again this weekend for a place in the last 16.
The Soweto Giants, Kaizer Chiefs, progressed to the next round with victories over the Vaal Elite Soccer Academy across the four age-group divisions (u13, u15, u17 and u19). It was not a surprise as Chiefs have enjoyed a successful year, winning the Gauteng Development League u13 division while finishing second and third respectively in the u17 and u19 divisions.
With a quarterfinal spot on the line, Chiefs tackle a red-hot Rosina Sedibane outfit, whose u13, u15, and u17 sides demolished the Young Boys Football Club this past weekend.
Despite those defeats, the Young Boys’ u19s fought long and hard against a vastly experienced Rosina Sedibane u19 team and eventually claimed a 2-1 win to reach the last 16.
Young Boys are away at the Kaizer Chiefs Village this weekend, where they’re sure to be put through the ringer by a team deeply motivated to bring home some silverware this season after missing out on the Gauteng Development League honours, which went to Highlands Park.
Highlands Park’s Championship status carries little to no weight in the new Youth Cup competition with its knockout format. The title-winning season has, however, certainly infused the Balfour Park-based club with some extra energy and confidence as they set their sights on making it a double by winning both the Gauteng Development League and the Youth Cup.
There were no surprises as the u15, u17 and u19 teams Highlands Park moved past Platinum Stars this past weekend with relative ease.
Other u19 teams competing in the Last 16 this weekend:
– North West University
– School of Excellence
– Mamelodi Sundowns
– Panorama FC
– TS Galaxy
– Siluma 7
– Remember Elite Sports Academy
– Kathorus Hyper Academy
– East Rand
– Joburg City
– Alaska U19