Silukhanyo beats ACJ

Two soccer teams of ACJ Phakade Primary School suffered another defeat at the hands of their Silukhanyo Primary School counterparts on Tuesday (21 August).

Teams met in league encounters at Lwandle Sports Grounds. The leagues features schools from Lwandle and Nomzamo.

Tuesday’s league outings saw the Silukhanyo’s under-10 team claim an emphatic 2-0 victory over their neighbours.

In the day’s second clash, the schools’ girl teams played to a goalless draw.

The third match of the day was an exhilarating encounter between the schools’ under-12 teams. Again, Silukhanyo walked away with a 1-0 victory.

The fourth and final match of the day was under 13s which ended on a goalless draw.

The goal in the tightly contested third game was scored from a beautiful free-kick by a Silukhanyo player.

But the scoreline could’ve been larger, as Silukhanyo had a goal disallowed after a blunder at a corner kick.

The ball was kicked from the corner spot and the ACJ Phakade ’keeper fumbled on the line. Although it seemed as if the first goal had been netted, this was not the case. After some discussion between the linesman and the ACJ Phakade coaches, the goal was disallowed.

This decision seemed add more vigour to Silukhanyo as they went in search of their first goal. This was later achieved when the free-kick was awarded just outside the 18-yard area. The ball was well curled and the ACJ goalkeeper had no chance to stop it.

Xolisa Godwana, the Silukhanyo coach, was impressed with his boys’ performance on the day. “Let me just start by saying thank you to the community for these boys,” he said. “At school we have no time to train, but you can see they are fit as they are involved in community teams; this keeps them busy.”

Godwana also thanked parents for allowing their children to be part of the team.

A disappointed Masixole Mbanjwa, the ACJ coach, was disappointed by his teams’ performances. “We are not doing well at all. All the teams were flat today. Even the girls, who once ruled the league. It seems the playing field has been levelled.”