Another 33 goals produced on the second day of the international tournament

Day two of the 2017 Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament produced another 33 goals in just six matches in what was a thrilling display of soccer action at the Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto on Tuesday.

BidVest Wits were the big winners when they defeated the Football School of India 20-0 to record the largest ever victory in the history of the Future Champions Gauteng.

Malik Mashinini scored six of the goals himself, while there were also hat-tricks for Ethan Andrews and Leo Mert.

Spartak continued in their form with a 3-0 victory over SAFA Tshwane in which star striker Danila Proshliakov netted a hat-trick to take his tally for the tournament to nine goals in just two games.

It sets up an intriguing showdown for top spot in Group B between Wits and Spartak, with the South African side leading on goal-difference after both teams claimed two wins each.

NPFL All Stars took charge of Group A when they claimed a 3-0 win over Italian side Torino, and need just a point against Football School of India in their final match to head the pool and claim a place in the semifinals.

Defending champions Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 with local favourites Mamelodi Sundowns and top Group D going into their final match against Orlando Pirates, who must beat the Spaniards to overhaul them in the pool.

Pirates beat compatriots University of Pretoria 4-0 on Tuesday with another brace from exciting prospect Lyle Foster.

Mexican side Club Tijuana kept their semifinal hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over Club Brugge of Belgium and face University of Pretoria in their final game.

But Sundowns know they can advance to the semifinals of they beat Brugge as they currently have a single point advantage over both the Belgians and Mexicans.

Boca Juniors from Argentina were crowned inaugural Future Champions Gauteng winners in 2009, with Chinese side Shandong Luneng victors in 2010. Atletico Mineiro were the first Brazilian winners when they triumphed in 2011 and then repeated that success in 2012 and 2014, with Club Tijuana victors the year in between.

Torino claimed the trophy in a narrow penalty-shout success over South African side SuperSport United in 2015, while Atletico Madrid are the current defending champions.

Organised by Global Sports International, in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government, the tournament features five local sides and seven top teams from around the world.

This year’s Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament will also be supported by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, the Premier Soccer League, Love Life, Levati, Nike, MotorDeal, Clinix Health, Debonairs Pizza, Haagen-Dazs, Spain’s LaLiga and SCORE Energy drinks.

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Torino 0 NPFL All Stars 3 (Toluwalase Arokodare, Nazifi Yahaya 2)

Orlando Pirates 4 (Lyle Foster 2, Simo Bophela, Bonisile Mbangwa) University of Pretoria 0

Football School of India 0 BidVest Wits 20 (Quinson Kapowezha, Rowan Human, Ethan Andrews 3, Fani Mofokeng 2, Solly Khunyedi, Kabelo Makola, Leo Mert 3, Malik Mashinini 6, Phakamani Magavu, Ayaan Jafferl og)

Club Brugge 1 (Simon Paulet) Club Tijuana 2 (Carlos Ramirez, Kevin Zavala)

SAFA Tshwane 0 Spartak Moscow 3 (Danila Proshliakov 3)

Atletico Madrid 0 Mamelodi Sundowns 0

STANDINGS

GROUP A P W D L GF GA GD PTS
NPSL All Stars (Nigeria) 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 4

SAFA Tshwane (SA) 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3 1

Torino (Italy) 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0

GROUP B P W D L GF GA GD PTS

BidVest Wits (SA) 2 2 0 0 22 1 +21 6

Spartak Moscow (Russia) 2 2 0 0 18 0 +18 6

Football School of India 2 0 0 2 0 35 -35 0

GROUP C P W D L GF GA GD PTS

Mamelodi Sundowns (SA) 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4

Club Brugge (Belgium) 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3

Club Tijuana (Mexico) 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3

GROUP D P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Atletico Madrid (Spain) 2 1 1 0 4 0 +4 4

Orlando Pirates (SA) 2 1 0 1 5 2 +3 3

Univ. of Pretoria (SA) 2 0 0 2 0 8 -8 0

WEDNESDAY’S FIXTURES

11h30 – Torino vs SAFA Tshwane

13h00 – BidVest Wits vs Spartak Moscow

14h15 – NPFL All Stars vs Football School of India

14h30 – Atletico Madrid vs Orlando Pirates

15h45 – Club Tijuana vs University of Pretoria

16h00 – Mamelodi Sundowns vs Club Brugge

TOURNAMENT STATS

Matches played: 12
Goals scored: 61
Biggest victory: Football School of India 0 BidVest Wits 20
Most goals in a game: 20 – Football School of India 0 BidVest Wits 20

GOALSCORERS

9 goals – Danila Proshliakov (Spartak Moscow)

6 goals – Malik Mashinini (BidVest Wits)

4 goals – Ethan Andrews (BidVest Wits)

3 goals – Lyle Foster (Orlando Pirates), Leo Mert (BidVest Wits)

2 goals – Mikhail Ignitov (Spartak Moscow), Dmitri Markitesov (Spartak Moscow), Fani Mofokeng (BidVest Wits), Kabelo Makola (BidVest Wits), Simon Paulet (Club Brugge), Nazifi Yahaya (NPFL All Stars)

1 goal – Toluwalase Arokodare (NPFL All Stars), Simo Bophela (Orlando Pirates), Adriana Ferreras (Atletico Madrid), Rowan Human (BidVest Wits), Kirili Folmer (Spartak Moscow), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Atletico Madrid), Egor Ilin (Spartak Moscow), Quinson Kapowezha (BidVest Wits), Solly Khunyedi (BidVest Wits), Dali Lawal (NPSL All Stars), Phakamani Magavu (BidVest Wits), Katlego Mampa (SAFA Tshwane), Bonisile Mbangwa (Orlando Pirates), U Ming (Atletico Madrid), Dmitri Mitroga (Spartak Moscow), Turgay Mokhbaliev (Spartak Moscow), Likhanyile Ndlendle (Mamelodi Sundowns), Carlos Ramirez (Club Tijuana), Ruslan Rustamov (Spartak Moscow), Alberto Salido (Atletico Madrid), Visar Shala (Club Brugge), Kevin Zavala (Club Tijuana)

Own Goal – Ayaan Jafferl (Football School of India), Keenan Phillips (BidVest Wits)

  • We had a wonderful football and cultural experience in Gauteng. The tournament and activities were very well organized and we found everyone involved extremely helpful and accommodating. We have all returned home with fantastic memories of our time in South Africa, both on and off the pitch, and have made many new friends as a result of the trip. I hope that we are invited to participate in future tournaments.

    Everton Academy Head Coach
  • The experience both on and off the field for our players during the Future Champions tournament in Gauteng was life-enriching for all those who participated. We were privileged enough to win this edition but what will be bringing us back in future is the cross-cultural education our players receive from spending time with athletes from all over the world. They are human beings before they are football players and enriching them with other cultures is as rewarding as the experience they receive on the field.

    Club Tijuana Director of Football
  • After twenty years of experiencing tournaments around the globe, Future Champions is hands down the best organized, well run International Tournament we have ever participated in. Bringing teams from dozens of different countries provided our boys exposure to cultural diversity they only read about in textbooks. It’s amazing how sport can be the cultural link that provides the opportunity to interact with each other and discover that our global community is a bit smaller than they realized. We had a football and cultural experience that will be cherished for the rest of our lives.

    Director of USYSA Select
  • For us to compete in Future Champions is much more than playing a series of matches. It is an opportunity to compete and contrast our level against the best teams from around the world and the possibility of living in another culture and environment for an unforgettable week, learning about the history of the fight for human rights.

    Director of Aspire Academy