Johannesburg, Monday, 25th March 2013 – Clube Atletico Mineiro have got the defense of their 2013 Future Champions Gauteng title off to a winning start after a 2-1 success over Nigerian side Bridge FC at the Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto, on Monday.
Atletico have won the last two installments of the competition and looked like one of the teams to beat again as they took a 2-0 half-time lead, thanks to a brace from Guilherme.
But credit to Bridge FC, as they fought until the end and they made it a nervy finish when Adebowale Ojo pulled a goal back for them.
Zambiaâ€™s K-Stars got the action under way on the first morning with a 2-1 success over SAFA Sedibeng, coming from behind to secure that victory. Mandla Grantsana had put the South Africans head, but goals from Kenny Chungu and Lacksom Bwalya gave Stars the win.
Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon flexed their muscles early in the tournament with a 4-0 victory over Johannesburg Secondary School. It was a wonderful performance from the visitors, who profited from goals by Lisandro Semedo (two), Matheus Pereira and Lucas Jamanca.
English side Everton played to a 1-1 draw with Qatarâ€™s Aspire Academy, with the Liverpool-based side coming from behind to secure a point. Muaz al Abdien had put the Qataris ahead, but Calum Dyson equalised for The Toffees.
South Africaâ€™s University of Pretoria claimed a slim 1-0 victory over Botswana side Young Zebras thanks to a goal from Dikgang Ngcobo, before their Tshwane neighbours SuperSport United defeated Mexican outfit Club Tijuana 2-0. Kwanele Zulu and Marcel Luck got the goals for Matsatsantsa.
The action continues on Tuesday with six more matches across the pools.
SAFA Sedibeng take on Sporting Lisbon in the early fixture at 09h45 with the South African side needing a draw at least to have any chance of making the semifinals.
K-Stars will take on Aspire Academy (11h00), while their will be an all-African battle as Young Zebras play Bridge FC (12h15).
Club Tijuana will look to get their campaign back on track when they face University of Pretoria (13h30, before Everton do battle with Johannesburg Secondary (15h00).
The final game of the day will see SuperSport United take on the mighty Atletico Mineiro (16h30), hoping to succeed where many have failed against the Brazilian side in the last few years.
The top teams in each of the groups advance to the semi-finals, with the other sides playing off for positions five to 12. The final of the competition will be held on Saturday.
|SAFA Sedibeng 1 (Mandla Grantsana)||K-Stars 2 (Kenny Chungu, Lacksom Bwalya)|
|Sporting Lisbon 4 (Lisandro Semedo 2, Matheus Pereira, Lucas Jamanca)||Joâ€™burg Secondary School 0|
|Aspire Academy 1 (Muaz al Abdien)||Everton 1 (Calum Dyson)|
|University of Pretoria 1 (Dikgang Ngcobo)||Young Zebras 0|
|SuperSport United 2 (Kwanele Zulu, Marcel Luck)||Club Tijuana 0|
|Atletico Mineiro 2 (Guilherme 2)||Bridge FC 1 (Adebowale Ojo)|
|09h45||SAFA Sedibeng vs Sporting Lisbon|
|11h00||K-Stars vs Aspire Academy|
|12h15||Young Zebras vs Bridge FC|
|13h30||Univ of Pretoria vs Club Tijuana|
|15h00||Johannesburg Secondary vs Everton|
|16h30||SuperSport United vs Atletico Mineiro|
|Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)||1||1||0||0||4||0||3|
|SAFA Sedibeng (SA)||1||0||0||1||1||2||0|
|Aspire Academy (Qatar)||1||0||1||0||1||1||1|
|Joâ€™burg Sec. School (SA)||1||0||0||1||0||4||0|
|University of Pretoria (SA)||1||1||0||0||1||0||3|
|Young ZebrasÂ (Botswana)||1||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|Club Tijuana (Mexico)||1||0||0||1||0||2||0|
|SuperSport United (SA)||1||1||0||0||2||0||3|
|Atletico Mineiro (Brazil)||1||1||0||0||2||1||3|
|Bridge FC (Nigeria)||1||0||0||1||1||2||0|
Matches played: 6
Goals scored: 15
Biggest victory: Sporting Lisbon 4 Joâ€™burg Secondary School 0
Most goals in a game: 4 â€“ Sporting Lisbon 4 Joâ€™burg Secondary School 0
2 – Guilherme (Atletico Mineiro), Lisandro Semedo (Sporting Lisbon)
1 – Muaz al Abdien (Aspire Academy), Lacksom Bwalya (K-Stars), Kenny Chungu (K-Stars), Calum Dyson (Everton), Mandla Grantsana (SAFA Sedibeng), Lucas Jamanca (Sporting Lisbon), Marcel Luck (SuperSport United), Dikgang Ngcobo (University of Pretoria), Adebowale Ojo (Bridge FC), Matheus Pereira (Sporting Lisbon), Kwanele Zulu (SuperSport United)