Vasco-Ajax match almost ends in punch-up (video)

Pic: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix.

Pic: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix.

There was drama on Saturday at the Metropolitan Under-19 Premier Cup as a Cape derby between Vasco Da Gama and Ajax Cape Town almost ended in a brawl.

Zubair Maarsdorp netted the goal that gave Vasco a 1-0 win over Ajax at Erica Park in Cape Town, and afterward there was an angry confrontation between Vasco coach Craig Campbell and Urban Warriors’ assistant coach David Kannemeyer.

The two men were separated and Vasco went on to celebrate getting one over their neighbours and prepare for the last 16 that will played later on Saturday.

“I feel great,” an excited Maarsdorp said. “I saw a good opening and I took my chance and it worked out. This win means a lot to us, getting one over our neighbours and the defending champions.”

The ugly scene, between Maarsdorp’s coach and Kannemeyer wasn’t something new to the 19-year-old from Hanover Park. The Cape Town township is one of the most dangerous in the country.

“There is a lot of violence where I come from stabbing to shooting,” Maarsdorp said. “Football is my escape from that dangerous place and I hope one day it can take me out of it permanently and I move with my family to a nicer place. There are lots of gangs there.”

Maarsdorp and his teammates will look to continue with their celebration in the tournament when they play another neighbor, Milano United, in the last 16 at 16.30pm.

Njabulo Ngidi is in Cape Town courtesy of Metropolitan.




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