Vasco, Kicks into First Division

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They will be joined in the second tier of South African football by Free State side Carara Kicks, who defeated Mafube United to win a place in the First Division Inland Stream.

Vasco, a side rich in history from Cape Town, who once had top men like Andre Arendse, Shaun Bartlett and Thabo Mngomeni on their books, bounced back from a 1-0 deficit to net two quick goals, including a penalty, just before the end of a pulsating 90 minutes.

“What a result, we’re back where we belong,” club secretary Phillip Ribeiro says. “It was very good week for us, everyone is happy and now we are in the same League as Ikapa Sporting and FC Cape Town.

“With six minutes to go, we were still 1-0 down but scored twice in as many minutes, which was a great relief to us. Pros had one chance at goal; it was a free-kick from 40 metres that went in the top corner from the underside of the bar.

“That was their only opportunity in the whole game. Our second goal came from a Leonard Casner penalty after Anthony Moniz was brought down in the box. Moniz netted our first goal.”

Vasco will now face Free State champions Carara Kicks in the Vodacom League Play-Off Final, which is scheduled to kick off at 15h00 on Sunday.

Kicks made sure that for the second year in a row a Free State team won promotion into the First Division Inland Stream. They beat their fierce rivals Mafube United 2-1 in the other semi – to follow in the footsteps of African Warriors, who did so well in the second tier of South African soccer last season.