Young players shine in Vasco win

Young players shine in Vasco win

Goalkeeper Steven Hoffman and defender Rafiq de Goede continue to shine for Vasco da Gama as the Cape Town club beat Highlands Park 1-0 away from home.

The victory in Tembisa on Sunday afternoon saw Vasco move to third spot on the National First Division (NFD) log standings.

“So far so good and another three points. Away from home it was good to see us take the game to them and create chances. Nobody really dominated as it was a very open game, which is not the norm for away games,” commented Vasco assistant coach Keenin Lesch.

“Our boys really played with a lot of freedom and openness. We got the penalty near the end and that was that. Game over.

“Our goalkeeper Steven Hoffman kept another clean sheet and our centre back, Rafiq de Goede, was once again dominant in defence. Both players are under 23 and are doing very well.”

Vasco were made to work hard for their victory in a match that saw scoring chances missed on both ends of the field.

But 12 minutes before the final whistle, former Free State Stars forward Aleni Lebyane netted from the penalty spot after Nicholas Mynaard had been brought down in the danger area.

In their next encounter, Vasco are at home to Black Leopards on Saturday afternoon. After that they will face Milano United in a Cape Town derby.