Superb sub, Bohloko Neo, struck twice for his team, Remember Elite Sports Academy (RESA), to book a place for the side from Vereeniging in the final of the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge, after a 2-1 semifinals’ win over Musa United FC at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto on Friday.
RESA’s dominance was on full display during their last 16 tie when they stuck seven past Mokgalakwena Sports and Skills Training (MSST) in a one-sided 7-1 victory, with a take-no-prisoners performance that was both determined and ruthless.
Goals from the likes of Sedili Katleho, Kamohelo Marebetse, Thando Singo and Thato Mokgathlanyane saw RESA into the quarterfinals where they then accounted for Crystal All Stars FC.
Their opponents in the title-decider will be River Park FC, who defeated The Citizens FC 2-1. Manyike Rhulani was the star of the show for River Park, matching Bohloko Neo, with a brace of his own to send his side into the final.
In the ladies’ semifinals, Mito Stars played like a well-oiled machine to defeat Joburg United 3-2. Despite Joburg United taking an early lead through Lekoni Bontle, it was Stars who controlled proceedings, with Noxolo Cesane, 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations with Banyana Banyana, playing a starring role.
After creating numerous chances, Mito Stars finally equalised through Kutlwano Maphane. They continued their domination and were rewarded with a goal and the lead by Mugware Munashe, who troubled the Joburg United defenders throughout the contest.
Dlamini Mpho then put Mito Stars two goals in the clear before Maswanganyi Amukenlani netted Joburg United’s second. They couldn’t find an equaliser, however.
The final will be a clash between Mito Stars and Diepkloof Ladies FC, two teams who know each other very well. When they met earlier, in the last game of the group stage, it was Mito Stars who emerged victorious by a 2-0 margin.
In their semi-final, Diepkloof Ladies defeated Molapo Ladies 2-0 to book their place in the showdown for the silverware.
Their passage to the title game looked a little unlikely in an opening half which Molapo dominated.
However, a number of astute substitutions paid dividends for Diepkloof Ladies. Qhaqeka Lumka opened their account and Boitumelo Mabojane then scored a cracker to send her side into the final where they will be out to avenge their earlier setback against Mito Stars.
A passionate reader and dedicated writer, Siya possesses three degrees from Rhodes University including a Postgraduate Diploma at Rhodes University. He also played amateur cricket and soccer, both during his university years. While honing his journalism skills at Grocott’s Mail in Makhanda, he developed a profound interest in the community’s response to crime. Additionally, he covered topics such as art/culture and student politics at Rhodes University in 2022. In his spare time, Siya can be found exploring galleries, dining at restaurants, indulging in literature, taking photographs or savouring his favourite dish, spaghetti.