Tornado Lions bullish ahead of playoff semis

One of the two Kwatsaduza teams that made it to the semi-finals of the playoffs that are between the winners of the different Local Football Association (LFA) senior men’s leagues from around Ekurhuleni, Kwa-Thema-based Tornado Lions, is confident that it will get over the last hurdle and gain promotion to the Ekurhuleni SAB League this weekend.

This is as they are just a single win away from earning the right to play in the fourth-tier league next season, with Wattville-based Vos Milan standing between them and their dream. The two teams clash in the first of two semis at Tsakane Stadium on Saturday (9am kick off) after winning their respective groups in the round robin stage matches that were played at the Tsakane and Kwa-Thema stadiums last weekend.

The other semi will be between Verbal Warning from Tsakane and Tembisa’s Pule FC (11am), while the final is scheduled for 3pm.

The Lions only just managed to win Group C ahead of Leeds FC from Eden Park because they scored more goals than them, with both teams having finished on three points from two matches, with a goal difference of 0.

The Lions actually lost to Leeds 3-1 when the two met, but they beat Balfour Park team Shamrocks 4-2 in the following match, to go through. Vos Milan, on the other hand, won their four-team Group A quite comfortably after bagging the full nine points on offer, following three wins from three, and finishing with an impressive goal difference of +6.

But that does not trouble Tornado Lions general secretary Thabiso Marumo too much, as he feels his team has what it takes to beat Milan and gain promotion, as the two finalists on the day will be promoted before they even play the final.

“We will go to the final. Even this week we are preparing hard, for 120 minutes including penalties, anything. You don’t wanna leave anything to chance because this is the final before final; we will be going to the final knowing that now we’ve pushed our team and it’s in the SAB, but the most important game is that of 9 o’clock on Saturday against Vos Milan, which is, according to us, all or nothing,” Marumo says.

He has also asked the community of Kwatsaduza to help the team: “We really need their support, we just ask that they enter Tsakane Stadium on Saturday by the time the games start; we really, really need the community to support not only Tornado Lions but Verbal Warning as well. We need to work together as Kwatsaduza and try and push our product that is in front of our eyes.”