Bay United clinch coastal title

Brice Aka netted in stoppage time to give Bay United a 1-0 victory against FC Cape Town as well as the NFD Coastal Stream championship title at the Gelvandale Stadium on Sunday.


Aka latched on to a cross in the 92nd minute from the right and headed home at the near post. The Port Elizabeth side will now face Jomo Cosmos in the promotional play-off match whose coach Jomo Sono was watching from the stands.

“I must thank my team-mates first. It was not an easy game and we defended well and did not get many chances up front. When I saw the ball coming my way I knew I had to get my head to it first and yeah, it was my lucky day,” the striker said and then added, “Tonight we celebrate but tomorrow we start preparing for the play-off matches.”

Bay coach David Bright said that FC Cape Town is not an easy team to beat but was delighted that his boys held on for the victory.

“We have faced them before but we do not know them as well as say, Chiefs. Chiefs you know who is the right-back; the striker is Knowledge, and so on. These NFD sides change and every team, every match, is difficult,” the former Santos coach said.

“They came for the win and made it difficult for us to get forward. But in the end we also defended well and we got a chance and took it.”

“We know about Cosmos and who their players are so it won’t be too difficult to prepare for them. He watched us so he will also know what to prepare for but that does not bother me.”

In other NFD Coastal Stream matches played, Nathi Lions were whipped 3-1 by Thanda Royal Zulu who will now also compete in the play-offs. Carara Kicks beat African Warriors 2-1 and Hanover Park kept their hopes of escaping relegation alive when they walloped Blackburn Rovers 3-1.

With only one game to go Hanover has 14 points and Lions 15, they face Kicks and Rovers respectively.

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