Absa Premiership

Diski Challenge Team of the Week

2015-03-03 13:24
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Cape Town - The MultiChoice Diski Challenge concluded last weekend at the Nike Football Training Centre where University of Pretoria were crowned the first ever champions.

Read: Tuks revel in Diski Challenge win

According to Supersport.com, Tuks won the thrilling final 2-1 on penalties after the teams finished the match tied 2-2.

The third place went to Mpumalanga Black Aces, who defeated SuperSport United 2-1 in regulation time.

Lebogang Ngubeni is in goals following his outstanding performance in the final where he denied Sundowns on numerous occasions. He also kept his form during the penalty shootouts, stopping two kicks while two more missed the target, resulting in the opponents scoring only once.

The defence is made up of Tuks' duo Grant Kekana, who was the captain in the absence of Mpho Maruping, and right-back Itumeleng Nkwana. Sundowns' centre-back Jason Skippers completes the backline.

Kekana led from the front as the skipper, combining with Alan Robertson to cancel Sundowns' moves around their box. Resulting in the experienced duo of Lebogang Mokoena and Rodney Ramagalela being frustrated, their defensive partner Nkwana was also solid against the dangerous left attacking side of their rivals which had the skillful Tshepo Ntlaba and tricky Percy Tau.

Skippers got the judges' vote following his superb showing against the lanky striker Lucky Mathosi, who was making his return after being with the first team, and the pacey Dikgang Ngcobo.

The five men midfield has Sundowns' pair Tau and Ntandoyenkosi Ngubane, James Bell from Aces, SuperSport's Etam Mbebe and the versatile Sifiso Nzimande from Tuks.

Nzimande, who can also play as a left-back, will draw back to assist the three defenders when the team is defending. The central midfield positions will be occupied by Ngubane and Mbebe, who both enjoyed themselves when operating in the same position last weekend and had a number of chances to score.

Tau and Bell will operate on the wings, following their impressive displays. Tau assisted both goals for Sundowns and had two goals disallowed late in extra time. Bell was lively against SuperSport where he started most of the moves and was unlucky not to score.

The striking force has Tuks' duo Botshelo Mfulwane and Dikgang Ngcobo, who were both on the score sheet in the final. Mfulwane opened the scoring when he tapped Nzimande's cross into the back of the net. Ngcobo converted a penalty to equalise and took the match to penalties.

The pair contributed seven goals for Tuks in the tournament, with Mfulwane netting four times and came one short to be a joint top scorer.

Team of the Week

Goalkeeper: Ngubeni (Tuks)

Defenders: Nkwana (Tuks), Skippers (Sundowns), Kekana (Tuks)

Midfielders: Nzimande (Tuks), Ngubane (Tuks), Mbebe (SuperSport), Bell (Aces), Tau (Sundowns)

Strikers: Ngcobo (Tuks), Mfulwane (Tuks)

Subs: Ngobeni (Sundowns), Robertson (Tuks), Zulu S (Sundowns), Mashiane (SuperSport), Moseamedi, Nodada (Aces), Hlatshwayo (Sundowns), Zulu K (SuperSport).

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