Muhammad Yusuf Dhirani
Husayn Ali Khimji
Muhammad Hamzah Muraj
What’s the footballing definition of the ultimate comeback?
Man United in 1999 at the Nou Camp? Potentially. Barcelona’s triumph over two legs in 2017 against PSG? Maybe. Liverpool in Istanbul, 2005? Less likely.
SJFC U9s arrived in confident manner following a 5-2 victory in their previous outing.
The team entered the pitch with a strong attacking line-up full of pace, flair and creativity.
Two quick goals from the Pumas showed they meant business, and by half-time they were 3-1 in the lead. What become evident was the Pumas’ ability to maximise the huge height and strength advantage across their squad.
The parents were left to enjoy the tea and mandazi kindly brought by Saleem Dewji.
In the third quarter, SJFC U9’s continued counter-attacks were nullified by the Pumas. In fact, the Pumas added two further goals giving them what seemed an unassailable 5-1 lead.
However, it wasn’t the end. Far from it.
As the players entered the final team talk, Coach Mustafa had an opportunity to direct the players once more.
What we witnessed in the final minutes of the fourth quarter was nothing short of a masterclass in resilience, determination and commitment.
Four goals on the trot remarkably brought the scores to 5-5! “Some people are on the pitch. They think it’s all over” – quite literally we had a father run the length of the pitch in celebration!
Our young SJFC U9s produced a superb comeback. Pure Roy of the Rovers stuff.
Little did we know that was far from the end.
One final attack. One last chance. A long range effort, a quick counter, or a simple tap-in. We’ll take it.
It had to be – a goalmouth scramble with multiple SJFC players claiming the final touch.
6-5 to the SJFC U9’s!
An incredible comeback. Fantastic momentum now to continue the rest of the season.
Well done to the full SJFC U9 squad, Coach Mustafa and Coach Sadik.
Murtaza Mehrali – solid performance in goal to withstand multiple attacks; excellent ball distribution.
Husayn Khimji, Husayn Kermalli and Muhammad Yusuf Dhirani – excellent defensive play, supporting the midfield and contributing to the fourth quarter magic.
Zachariya Mohamed, RaihanAli Dewji – fantastic mixture of grit and poise to create goal scoring opportunities and link defence and attack.
Yusuf Merali, Javadali Muraj, Hassan Merali – All on the goal sheet with a display of excellent attacking play. Constant attacking threat from kick-off to the very end.
Match report by Zahid Khimji