La Masia FC (red jersey) and Peace United players tussle for the ball. Photo: Mzamane Ringane 

La Masia FC goes down fighting


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Modimolle’s La Masia FC fought bravely but ultimately succumbed 3-2 on penalties at the hands of Peace United FC from Polokwane, on Saturday, 5 August, at the Ephraim Mogale Stadium. 

The two teams had to go to penalties after they drew 1-all at regulation time, during a tournament hosted by La Masia FC. 

It was initially expected that a total of eight teams would take part in the inaugural tournament, but the plans were changed at the last minute due to logistical reasons. 

Two local teams, plus an invitational team from Polokwane, Peace United FC, took part in the restructured competition. 

In the first match, Peace United FC hammered Egypt FC 4-1 to reach the final. 

The self-styled Pharaohs had a chance to redeem themselves when they did battle with local rivals, La Masia FC, in the second semi final.  

Unfortunately for Egypt FC, La Masia FC proved to be a handful, with the latter sailing home 3-1 in open play. 

At the end of the well-attended tournament, Peace United FC shot-stopper, Karabo Keetse, was named goalkeeper of the tournament, with Molatelo Lechelele of La Masia FC taking home the leading goal scorer of ther tournament prize. 

The founder of La Masia FC, Tshepo Selamolela, said what he described as a successful inaugural tournament was a learning curve for his young players. 

He told The BEAT the team was planning to host trials to strengthen the squad further, as another tournament was in the pipeline for the end of the year, details of which would be made public in due course. 

Peace United FC coach, Katlego Mosia, said his boys proved they could play at the highest possible level in the not so distant future. 

“This was our first competition since the school holidays, so I did not expect this level of performance (with the players not fully match-fit). I have to say the boys played extremely well,” he added.

9 months ago       10 August 2017