Renowned veteran Clive Barker takes us through the first week of action which saw the long awaited ‘reserve league’ kickoff in Durban.
“We were relieved that the very important reserve league kicked off at Edgewood training college yesterday. The league is designed to help the professional clubs give very valuable match time to their squads, injured or suspended players.
Most importantly emerging soccer academies in Durban will benefit immensely from playing competitive opponents.
The league is played over a 10 game programme and will end in the first or second week of December. It is made up of African Wanderers, Nathi Lions, Westville Academy, Thekwini Academy, Thekwini Academy, South Coast Academy, Durban Warriors, AmaZulu FC, AmaZulu u-17, Natal Schools and we’re hoping to see Golden Arrows join.
We will highlight the players that perform so that readers can identify with them. There will be referees on call and we will be backed on the medical side by the Red Cross Association.
We’re hoping to attract a sponsor and will approach various business houses in that area to alleviate the cost of transport.
In the first match Durban Warriors played Westville Academy. After a goalless first half, Westville Academy dominated with their midfield player, Cameron Cavanagh. In the second half Joel Faya’s Durban Warriors turned on their charm and went on to win 3-0 with goals by Siyabonga Mbatha and Nkanyiso Madonsela while the last one came from an own goal.
Players to catch the eye from Westville Academy are Cameron Cavanagh, Chris Dlamini and Josh Kyregeka.
The second match had the Edgewood crowd of students witness a ding dong battle between Nathi Lions and AmaZulu. With the AmaZulu technical team watching, Dumisani Ngwenya scored the opening goal and looked like he was nearly match fit.
Ramson Zhuwawo scored a magnificent goal when he scored when he volleyed a strong coming ball outside of the box to make it 2-1 to AmaZulu.
Chris Makubu of the Lions never gave up trying by troubling the AmaZulu defence with his skill. In the end they lost 3-1 after striker Siyabonga Vilane scored the final goal for ‘Usuthu’.”
Next week there will be four matches.