Breidbach Football Association (Brefa) suffered defeat during the recent Goodwill Games held at the Breidbach Sports Grounds after losing to East London Central Local Football Association (ELCLFA)
Brefa put up a tough fight but it was not enough to stop their rivals from snatching the title away.
The annual Goodwill Games’ are played each year with the venue rotatesing each time every year with teams comprising under-10, U12, U14, U16, U18, seniors and over-35s.
During the competition, three points are allocated for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a defeat. The association with the most points at by the end, is declared the winner.
The action started out promising for Brefa after their U14 side forced the visiting team to a goalless draw but their excitement was short-lived after ELCLFA U16 and U12 sides registered a 1-0 and 2-1 win respectively.
Brefa U10s reduced the deficit after their 1-0 win and the over-35 side emerged with a 4-0 victory.
The U18 encounter resulted in a goalless draw which brought the overall points to eight each.
Supporters of both associations then turned their eyes to the seniors’ match with anticipation.
ELCLFA seniors started the game in attack mode and allowed their opponents little opportunity, scoring the opening goal in the third minute.
Brefa didn’t give in easily and fought back with determination. They managed to level the score after a successful penalty attempt.
However, the visitors found the goal just a few minutes before half-time and added two more goals in the second half to bring the final score to 4-1.
During the presentation ceremony, Brefa official Lorenzo Thompson commended ELCFA for ensuring a very successful day and for the good relationship between the two associations.
“There was a time when I would watch ELCLFA president Gavin Vvan Rooyen biting his nails as the final game was under way, so I am pleased to say that I am happy with our performances today,” Thompson said.
BCM sports council president Xolani Bishoti was among the thousands of supporters on the stands and was impressed with what he witnessed.
“I feel relieved and happy to see kids, youth and veterans of our country playing football in spite of all difficulties.
“I am humbled in seeing legends encouraging young ones in sport and I am also carried away impressed by the leadership of both associations.”