By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
At Erica Park, Cape Town
THE 2014 edition of the Metropolitan Under-19 Premier Cup has turned to be the Gauteng v Western Cape
affair as clubs from these two provinces province will be the main ones dictating the quarter-finals stage
scheduled for tomorrow.
The competition which is under progress at the Erica Park in Bayhill, Cape Town saw six clubs from the
Cape side emerged as winners against their opponents with Gauteng being represented by two, BidVest
Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns in tomorrow’s quarter-finals.
It all started when Hellenic emerged as winners over the fading Kaizer Chiefs’ reserve side who went
down 2-0 to the young Greek gods while the defending champions, Ajax Cape Town waited until the last
minutes before they could score a heart-stopping late minute winning goal against the overt-confident
SuperSport United, courtesy goal of Anthony Gordinho..
The competition which is celebrating its 26th year enters its fifth day tomorrow (Sunday, April 20) with
the quarter-finals taking place concurrently at 11.30pm.
The interesting match in these matches will be between the two Cape rivals, Ajax Cape Town who take
on Santos in what is expected to be a mouth-watering local derby to have ever witnessed between the
two sides in this competition. Santos earned their entry to the last eight after a narrow victory over
another Cape rivals Milano United whom they beat 1-0.
Mamelodi Sundowns on the other hand redeemed Gauteng’s pride, defeating Vasco da Gama with a
narrow 1-0 to earn their passage to the quarter-finals.
“We have been fortunate that the weather has been kind to us this year and the benefit of that has been
reflected in the high quality of play we have seen throughout the group phase and the early knockout
rounds,” said Metropolitan brand executive, Belinda Faulkner.
“From a Metropolitan point of view, we are delighted with the tremendous support from the people of
Cape Town whose contribution to the wonderful atmosphere has inspired the players to even greater
The quarterfinals will be played on Sunday at 11.30am, followed by an open draw for the semi-finals and
a specially arranged ladies’ match. The semi-finals will kick off at 5pm and 7pm respectively.
The group phase was completed during the morning session to determine which teams would progress to
the knockout stages.
The full quarterfinals fixtures are: Mamelodi Sundowns v Hellenic, ASD Academy v BidVest Wits,
Glendene United v Old Mutual Academy and Ajax Cape Town v Santos Academy.