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Three Biggest Upsets | GDL Youth Cup Round of 16

By Ongama Gcwabe , in Football | News , at 2023-11-13

The quarterfinals of the Gauteng Development League Youth Cup beckon following a highly competitive round of 16 on the weekend. As teams prepare for the quarter-final’s crunch games, there will be a few big names missing from the fixture list after some favoured sides were eliminated in upsets.

SuperSport Schools looks at the THREE BIGGEST UPSETS from the Round of 16.

1. School of Excellence u13s & u15s crash-out

As the name clearly states – School of Excellence – the standards and expectations within the Gauteng-based academy are as high as they come. These standards and expectations are by no means unfounded – the academy is currently defending two GDL Youth Cup trophies across two divisions, and they were vying for more this season.

On Saturday, their u13s were given a proper run for their money by a red-hot and motivated Jomo Cosmos outfit, who were rewarded with a 1-0 win. Cosmos also inflicted further misery on the School of Excellence in the u15 division, progressing to the last eight after sneaking a 6-5 win from the penalty spot following a goalless draw.

Read: Quarter-finalists | GDL Youth Cup Round of 16

2. Rosina Sedibane u15 humble Kaizer Chiefs

It doesn’t matter the competition or where it is held, the Soweto Giants are always expected to find ways to string together victories, be it in the Premier Soccer League or in the lower leagues, including the GDL Youth Cup.

Rosina Sedibane, though, were having none of that. They matched Chiefs blow-for-blow and held their favoured opponents to a 1-1 draw. Then, they demonstrated big match temperament by triumphing 4-2 from the spot. It was an unhappy day for the Amakhosi, who were also beaten by their arch-rivals, Orlando Pirates, in the Premier Soccer League.

Read: Quarter-finalists | GDL Youth Cup Round of 16

3. SuperSport United u17s succumb to Randburg FC Pressure

This was another big upset on Saturday afternoon. SuperSport United, the winners of the Gauteng Development League’s under-17 division by seven points over runners-up Kaizer Chiefs, had their cup run ended early.

They were expected to deal with Randburg AFC in their quarter-final match-up, but it was not a simple task as Randburg had placed in the top four of the Gauteng Development League, albeit that they finished 15 points behind SuperSport. On Saturday, however, Randburg had the better of the GDL champions, recording a convincing 2-0 victory.

Read: Quarter-finalists | GDL Youth Cup Round of 16




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