There will be a record three Gauteng sides in the semi-finals of the 2015 Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament as the local sides dominate this year’s competition at the Football Training Centre in Pimville on Wednesday (25 March 2015).
Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates FC and SuperSport United will all represent the host country in the semi-finals, with Italian side Torino joining them a step closer to the silverware.
Torino set up a semi-final meeting with Mzansi’s Bidvest Wits as they defeated K-Stars of Zambia 3-0. Matteo Tobaldo got his third goal in as many games to go with strikes from Gilles Duguet and Manuel de Luka.
Bidvest Wits made sure they finished top of Group A with a 0-0 draw against English side Sunderland AFC in a game that was a straight shoot-out for the semi-finals.
The draw suited The Clever Boys though, as they reached the Last 4, while Sunderland AFC will take on Jomo Cosmos in their play-off clash in two days time.
Orlando Pirates FC booked their place in the semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Oryx FC from Namibia as Tebogo Modiba got the only goal of the game to send them top of Group B.
They will take on SuperSport United, who defeated Mozambican side Ferroviario Maputo 2-1 thanks to a brace from Athenkosi Dladla, which moved him joint top of the goal scorers chart.
Adriano dos Santos scored from the penalty spot for the Mozambicans, who now play Oryx FC in their play-off fixture.
Brazilian side Cruzeiro defeated Jomo Cosmos 3-0 via goals from Rhainer, Jose Gabriel and Erany, but that score line was only good enough for second place in Group D. They now tackle Dutch side ADO Den Haag in the playoffs.
University of Pretoria won their first game of the competition with a 3-1 success over ADO Den Haag. Byron Mangena, Mpumelelo Mphahlele and Ngobile Khumalo scored for the Tshwane side, while Nigel Ogidi Nwanko got a consolation for the visitors.
That means University of Pretoria will take on K-Stars in their play-off fixture on Friday.
The teams will have a day’s rest on Thursday when they will be shown the sights and sounds of Gauteng.