The teams were participating in one of the quarter-final games of the Schloss Cup in preparation for the 2020 Internal league.
Magents Football Club beat Knockando Football Club 5 – 4 in a penalty shootout during the Schloss Cup Tournament at the Diggzs Field on Wednesday, October 2.
The game started with both teams attempting to score within the first ten minutes. Magents midfielder, Gerald Jaars, scored his teams first goal in the 16th minute of the game.
Knockando defender, Sibusiso Zitha, equalised the score in a penalty kick after a foul by Magents’ defender, Sheldon Short around the 18th minute.
Third year BSc mechanical engineering student, Siyabonga Magagula, was a spectator at the match shared his confidence in the competition between the teams in the first half.
“I feel like everything is going well. Knockando needs to be more aggressive and less defensive. Magents is a strong team, but I think Knockando came prepared,” Magagula told Wits Vuvuzela.
Magagula’s sentiments on the strengths of both teams were put to the test in the second half, when Knockando continued on a defensive streak.
But this did not stop Magents’ Ashwin Herbert from securing another goal for the team just five minutes into the second half.
After multiple attempts to score throughout the second half, Knockando midfielder Thobeka Sibiya, brought the scoreboard to a 2-all, just five minutes before the end of the second half.
The teams went into penalties, where Magent’s Justin Kamfer, striker, who joined the game in the second half scored the goal that would secure a 5 – 4 win for Magents.
Knockando coach, Thabang Maswikaneng, was pleased with his team’s performance.
“The team showed that they wanted to win this game. There was a lot of discipline and I think that this was our best game by far,” he told Wits Vuvuzela.
Selwyn Jansen, coach for Magents, said there was room for improvement.
“Knockando was defending most of the time. I don’t think we did our best but we managed to get through to the penalties,” he said.
Reflecting on the match, Zitha felt his team fought against all odds. “Unfortunately we lost in the penalty. We could have shared the ball better. Our opponents are good but we were up to their game, until the second half,” Zitha said.
Magents will take on Hurricanes F.C in the semi-finals of the Schloss Cup Tournament on Tuesday October 8, 2019.
FEATURED IMAGE: The teams equalised with a score of 2 – 2 which led to the penalties where Magents came out as winners. Photo: Molebogeng Mokoka
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