February can’t wait for June

Mamelodi Sundowns loanee Jody February says playing alongside Dennis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene and Reyaad Pieterse is reason enough for him to look forward to being part of the team.

The 23-year-old was one of the five new signings by Masandawana ahead of the 2019-2020 season, but was immediately loaned to Glad Africa Championship side Cape Umoya United for the rest of the season.

The loan switch happened at the last minute on deadline day on August 31.

“I’m obviously looking forward to working with the likes of Onyango, Pieterse and Mweene. They have the best goalkeeping department, so I think that’s enough motivation for me to go there and compete with the best you know,” February told FARPost.co.za. This was after their 1-0 defeat to Jomo Cosmos at Giyani Stadium over the weekend.

“There was never a hesitation for me when (Sundowns) came knocking. When my agent came and told me I said why not? Why not take the challenge on and yah when you compete with the best you will always win trophies and to be around a bunch of winners is good for my personal game,” he added.

February has played in two League matches this season for Umoya who are currently 10th on the log from seven matches.

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‘First win feels like a romantic date’

Glad Africa Championship side Jomo Cosmos secured their first full points of the season, following a 1-0 win over Cape Umoya United at Giyani Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Ezinkosi had a terrible start to their 2019/10 League campaign after three draws and two defeats in their previous five matches.

But a 51st minute strike by Clinton Fredricks gave Cosmos the much-needed points which see them climb from bottom of the Log to 11th with six points from six matches.

Sono who sounded more relieved with the victory compared the feeling to going on a first romantic date.

“The hardest part of the game was to get your first win; you know it’s like dating. Your first date is very confusing because you don’t know what to do,” said the ‘Troublemaker’.

“We have been looking for a win for the past five games and we couldn’t get it and I think because we won today things will change a little bit because we have a good team but they were nervous because we were not winning,” said Sono.

He also explained the decision to play three Glad Africa Championship matches at Giyani Stadium in Limpopo instead of their regular Vosloorus Stadium in Gauteng.

“This is my home, so I have brought my games at home. We are bringing Swallows here (Saturday, October 26) but I would like to bring all the Cape Town teams here,” he said jokingly, aware that it’s a long trip for the Western Cape sides.

Although Sono was born in Soweto, both his grandparents were born in Ka-Bungeni, Limpopo 60km from Giyani.

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‘Getting yellow cards like hotcakes’

Cape Umoya United coach Dominic Isaacs has raised a concern on match officials after his players accumulated 19 yellow cards in just seven matches.

Before this past weekend GladAfrica Championship matches, Umoya were the team with most yellow cards in the league with 16, but that number went up following three more yellow cards against Jomo Cosmos on Sunday – a match Umoya lost 1-0 in Giyani, Limpopo.

The bad disciplinary record is nothing new to the cape side having accumulated 15 yellows and 1 Red card in their first seven League matches last season, their debut season.

But the 37-year-old who took over from Roger De Sa has called for fairness from the match officials.

“I don’t want favours; I just want a fair game and that’s all I am asking for. If it’s a handball it’s a handball and if it’s a push it’s a push,” Isaacs told FARPost.co.za.

My players lately have been getting yellow cards like hotcakes, yellow cards every week. But if the opposition commits the same mistakes, they don’t get punished so I don’t know if the rules apply to one team and doesn’t apply to others.

“I just want a fair game that’s all. It’s already difficult to come here (Giyani Stadium) to play under such a heat, coming from Cape Town flying and get into a nine-hour bus trip (from Johannesburg).”

2019/20 Glad Africa Championship Disciplinary Records:

Cape Umoya United: 19 yellow cards/0 Red

Free State Stars: 11 yellow cards/0 Red

Ajax Cape Town: 10 yellow cards/0 Red

University of Pretoria: 9 yellow cards/1 Red

TS Sporting: 8 yellow cards/1 Red

Steenberg: 8 yellow cards/0 Red

Mbombela United: 8 yellow cards/ 0 Red

Swallows FC: 7 yellow cards/0 Red

Royal Eagles: 7 yellow cards/0 Red

Tshakhuma: 6 yellow cards/1 Red

Richards Bay: 6 yellow cards/0 Red

Real Kings: 6 yellow cards/0 Red

Jomo Cosmos: 5 yellow cards/0 Red

Uthongathi: 2 yellow cards/0 Red

TS Galaxy: 0 yellow cards/0 Red

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