Close-knit group destined for bigger things

Heideveld Female Football Academy players gather around captain Fazlin Adams after she scored a goal in her side's quarter-final clash against RV United.

Established in 2010, under the banner of Saxon United, Heideveld Female Football Academy (HFFA) was officialy formed last year.

Coach Gavin Combrink and his charges knew they would have to overcome a tough hurdle against defending champions RV United if they were going to go a step further in the competition.

They were close to producing the biggest upset of the competition as the scores were 1-all for most of the game with United midfielder Babalwa Mnxunya opening the scoring.

The Heideveld-based side never gave up and were rewarded when Fazlin Adams scored the equalising goal. It was their never say die attitude that kept them in the game but a late penalty by United goalkeeper Atipila Sidondi broke their hearts.

Although going in as underdogs, Combrink said his side certainly did not roll over and play dead. Based on their overall performance, they stood a very good chance of winning the game.

“We stepped up an extra level which brought out the best in us. To be knocked out by a penalty in a tournament is the worst possible way but that is the nature of football. If the game went to penalties anything would have been possible,” he said.

“We gave it our all and did what was needed. We can take great heart from this match. Going forward we need to cement this form into our league,” he said.

Their road to the quarter-finals saw them playing to a 5-2 and 3-0 victory against Khayelitsha-based Goal Hunters and CPUT in the last round of 32 and 16, respectively.

Combrink said next year they will be more prepared and can go further in the competition.

“We had the luck of the draw because two of the three teams we played in the Coke Cup competition play in our league (SAFA Cape Town regional league).

“If we played so well against RV United then we can match any team in the Sasol women’s league. This was our best performance in the Coke Cup,” he said.

On the local front, HFFA have taken their form into their league winning 14, losing two and playing to one draw.

They are second on the log, three points behind log leaders Manenberg Ladies.

Combrink said his side is doing well in the league and are hoping to gain promotion to the Sasol women’s league.

“The results are showing on the park and they are getting better every week. They are a close knit group of players who are always itching to play ball,” he said.