Epic footie in the com­mu­nity

Safa Phoenix closes 2018 foot­ball cam­paign

Post - - SPORT - MERVYN NAIDOO

SAFA Phoenix dropped the cur­tains on their 2018 cam­paign, with the KO cup fi­nals for their ju­nior and se­nior teams over the week­end, but locals will get one last serv­ing of foot­ball on Thurs­day night.

And it is shap­ing up to be a de­li­cious serv­ing.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s SAB League rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Rain­ham Sport­ing, is set to take on the South African De­fence Force team that has trav­elled to Durban from their Pre­to­ria base for the fix­ture.

The match will be played at the East­bury ground and kick-off is set for 7pm.

Safa Phoenix’s pres­i­dent, Des­mond Gane­san, said they were ex­cited to have the match played in Phoenix.

He also thanked Rain­ham’s chair­man, Ju­lian Mood­ley, for bring­ing the game to Phoenix and draft­ing play­ers from the as­so­ci­a­tion’s se­nior di­vi­sions into his squad.

“This will be a great op­por­tu­nity for play­ers from Phoenix to test their abil­ity against a highly rated team.”

Gane­san said key play­ers in the squad in­cluded Sashin Reddy (Cam­bell­stown), Stone­bridge Sport­ing’s Clint Pre­to­rius and Tyrese Bai­j­nath of Phoenix Sport­ing.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Sello Choane, who heads the de­fence force team, said they were on a mis­sion to win in Durban.

“We play foot­ball ev­ery Wed­nes­day. In Au­gust, we had our an­nual cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment, where we se­lected a na­tional team that will be trav­el­ling to Durban. Our dan­ger men will be strik­ers Se­sikho Pi­tis and Teko Ram­fate. Peter Mat­lala is an­other of our main play­ers,” said Choane.

Mean­while, the Clay­field Sport­ing se­nior team won the as­so­ci­a­tion’s FA Cup fi­nal played at the East­bury ground on Satur­day evening.

Clay­field, a Di­vi­sion 1 team, ended the run of giant killers Di­vi­sion 2 Phoenix Sport­ing, with a 3-1 vic­tory.

Sibu­siso Ntuli and Jeremy Chetty were on tar­get for Clay­field in the first half. Joel Ve­layadum pulled Phoenix Sport­ing back into the con­test with his strike. But Ryan Seer­path sealed the win for Clay­field with his crack­ing free kick in the sec­ond half.

Clay­field’s chair­man, Ra­jesh “Gog­gles” Ramguthee, said it was a great feel­ing win­ning the as­so­ci­a­tion’s main KO cup com­pe­ti­tion.

Ramguthee thanked their cap­tain, Rowen Balka­ran, for keep­ing the team fo­cused on the day. He said the club’s Un­der-9 team’s win in the Ju­nior Cup fi­nals made the day ex­tra spe­cial, with a 1-0 win over Stone­bridge Sport­ing.

Gane­san said Satur­day capped the end of an­other ex­cit­ing sea­son of foot­ball.

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The Rain­ham Sport­ing team, which in­cludes some of Safa Phoenix’s lead­ing se­nior play­ers, that will take on the South African Na­tional De­fence Force foot­ball team in a friendly match on Thurs­day night.

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