2012 league champions, Goal Hunter FC battle to defend the trophy

Drizzles could not stop soccer fanatics attending a much awaited game between the two biggest rivals, in Khayelitsha stadium.  The pitch was nicely trimmed awaiting the big boys to tackle each other and the stadium was abuzz with excitement from soccer fanatics.

Khayelitsha league defenders, Goal Hunters FC, suffered a heart-breaking loss, as they were smashed5-2, by their biggest rivals Harsco FC, on Saturday.

Harsco was the first team to rattle the net, as they outplayed the sluggish Goal Hunter defenders with their enthralling counter-attacking football. Goal Hunters currently occupy the second spot on the log, with 34 points, while league leaders, Harsco hold number one spot with 40 points and a game in hand.

It was a joyful moment for Goal Hunters, as they were crowned league champions for 2012. This comes after five years of not kissing the league trophy. The defending league champions are finding it extremely hard to defend the league once again. Anela Bota, Goal Hunter’s coach lashed-out at the referee, showing his disapproval of the decisions that led him to obtaining a red card.

Anela Bota  Warming up: goal hunters fc players warming up before they take their biggest rivals

Anela Bota
Warming up: goal hunters fc players warming up before they take their biggest rivals

Players of the losing team could not help themselves but to weep, as the gap between them and the log leaders grew bigger.  Sinethemba Manga, captain of Goal Hunters, said: “We played an unorganised football and we made unnecessary free kicks that cost us the game.”The club has a rich history, as it has won the league title seven times since its inception in 1992 and we are bound to come back, said optimistic Manga.

Loyiso Homba, a defender at the club, says he is grateful to be part of the club as it has rescued him from his unlawful activities and is thankful for every opportunity he gets to represent the team.

Mthuthuzeli Mveli and Themba Maki formed the club in the dusty streets of Khayelitsha in a bid to curb escalating crime activities in Khayelitsha.

“The aim of the club is to unearth an abundance of talent that we have in our own backyard”, said Mveli. Goal Hunters is one of the few teams in Khayelitsha that has a girl’s football team. Amanda Sokhiya, captain of the girls’ team, said: “The club has given us girls an opportunity to show case our skills in this male dominant sport code and we are so happy to be part of the team that has a rich history.”

Siyavuya Khaya


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