Dates Eleven confirm date with SSFD play-offs
REHOBOTH, 23 JUL – Dates Eleven from Naute Dam near Keetmanshoop qualified for the Southern Stream First Division (SSFD) promotion play-offs after winning the two-legged ||Kharas Second Division regional play-off against Lüderitz’s Rush Ups over the weekend.
The matches played in Keetmanshoop saw Inland Stream champions, Dates Eleven winning 2-1 on Saturday through goals by Mirrel Jossop and Benny Charly, with Granwall Mouton scoring for Rush Ups, while on Sunday the match ended 1-1 with Shoopala Benjamin on target for Rush Ups and Edgar Rooi scoring for Dates Eleven for a 3-2 aggregate win that sent Dates Eleven to the SSFD play-offs.
Dates Eleven coach, Andries Wimmerth told Nampa on Sunday the first match on Saturday was below their normal standard.
“We did not play the match as we would have wanted it to be as the players morale was low due to the matches having been called off and then on again. The second match today we were ready and as expected, they went on the attack and it made it easy for us to score the needed away goal,” Wimmerth said.
Rush Ups coach, Fannie Klaaste, told Nampa on Sunday that they have only themselves to blame for the loss.
“In both matches we could have won the match already in the first half as we were a better side in both encounters. Our mistakes and wastefulness caused us not to win the matches,” Klaaste said.
He said it is back to the drawing board for Rush Ups to work harder and come back stronger next season.
Meanwhile, Real Fighters took points against Youngsters from Lüderitz after the latter did not turn up for their third place play-off.
Zayne Beukes, an executive member of Youngsters said they were not informed formally about the play-offs being back on after they were postponed indefinitely on Wednesday due to complaints lodged by some teams about alleged irregularities.
He said it was logistically impossible to travel as they were not informed well in advance.
||Kharas Second Division chairperson, Isak Fredericks could not be reached for comment.