Intent on winning

Richard Nkosi

Richard Nkosi

Mangweni Manchester plan to make the most of home-ground advantage in order to clinch the Safa Coca-Cola Fortune Under-19 Winter Soccer Tournament.

The yearly tournament, which is contested by four teams from the five Local Football Associations (LFAs) under the Safa Ehlanzeni region in Mpumalanga, is set for Kamhlushwa Stadium in Nkomazi on July 5.

In the first match at at 8.30am United FC from Bushbuckridge will lock horns with Tornado from Mbombela.

United, from Nkomazi, will take on Young Masters from Umjindi at 10.30am.

The losers will then face each other at 1pm and the final will be at 3pm.

Speaking after the draw on Monday evening, Cleopas Mjoli, Manchester's manager, said: "We won't disappoint our supporters. We are going all out there to win the cup and we plan to use the home-ground advantage to its fullest."'

Michael Shabangu, Masters' coach, said: "We are not worried about Manchester. We are going there to play for a win."

The champions will walk away with R8 000, a floating trophy and gold medals while the runners-up will be consoled with R5 000, a floating trophy and silver medals.