Vasco da Gama goalkeeper Steven Hoffman conceded his first goal of the new season as Vasco drew 1-1 with Cape Town All Stars at Parow Park in their National First Division (NFD) derby.
Vasco’s results this season consist of two wins and two draws from their four opening games. With eight points, the Parow-based club sit in third position on the table.
The match did not start well for Vasco who struggled to create any clear cut goal scoring chances in what was a struggle of a first half. Visiting All Stars took the lead when Thabiso Mgwaba struck in the 13th minute.
It was a top class goal to beat Hoffman in between the posts. Magwaba cut inside from the left, beat his man and struck a right-footed curler into the top corner of goal.
It was obvious that Vasco coach Tony de Nobrega had fired up his troops during the half time interval because Vasco were an improved side in the second stanza.
Just seven minutes into the second half and the home side were back in the game. Ryan Christian hammered home a free kick to earn his side a share of the spoils.
“The goal that Steven conceded on Sunday was an absolute classic. Top corner from way out and you won’t see many better than that this season,” Vasco assistant coach Keenin Lesch said.
“All round I think we have started the season well and our defensive unit has kept it tight. Steven (Hoffman) is still under 23 for another few seasons and he could not do anything about that goal. Rafiq De Goede is only 20 and continues to shine at centre back for us.
“I thought we were fantastic in the second half and the players showed determination to fight back and get the equaliser. If there was going to be a winner it was always going to be Vasco as we dominated the rest of the game.”