2010 Metropolitan Premier Cup, Erica Park, Belhar - Day 2
Date published: 02 April 2010 by MPC CorrespondantSoweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates made their long-awaited return to the Metropolitan Premier Cup on an action-packed second day at Erica Park in Belhar on Thursday. Chiefs accounted for City Lovers 2-0 in their Group E clash, while in Group H, Pirates outclassed Riverside Rangers to the tune of 2-1. The crowd, which had swelled significantly by the main evening match, were well rewarded when local favourites Ajax Cape Town outclassed Swazi guest team, Manzini Sundowns 4-0 in their Group D meeting.Earlier on, in Group A, Mamelodi Sundowns opened their defence of the title with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Young Idols, while Player's Academy and Holy Cross played to a 1-1 draw.In Group B, Cape United proved too strong for University of Pretoria, moving to the top of the table following their 3-1 win. Belhar Spurs joined them on four points after seeing off Bayhill United 2-0.Milano United recovered from an opening day defeat to edge Bloemfontein Celtic by a single goal in Group C. Baltic Rangers maintained their 100 per cent record with a 1-0 victory over Glenville Celtic.Ajax Cape Town's main rivals in Group D, Free State Stars and Old Mutual Academy failed to trouble the scorers, having cancelled each other out in a goalless encounter.Supersport United got their Group E campaign off to a winning start with a 2-1 win over Mr. Price Parkhurst, who lost for the second successive time, effectively eliminating them from contention for the trophy. Matsatsantsa and Amakhosi look a good bet to progress to the knockout stage.Group F was thrown wide open when Ikapa Sporting, having lost on Wednesday to Vasco Da Gama, beat Moroka Swallows 1-0, while Vasco were beaten 3-1 by the School of Excellence.Santos, buoyed on by the local support, came out on top against the other invited team from Swaziland, Young Buffaloes, winning 1-0 in Group G, while Highlands Park and Battswood couldn't muster a goal between them, settling for a 0-0 scoreline at the final whistle.Finally, Salt River Blackpool moved to the top of Group H, following their 1-1 draw with Harmony Academy, putting them in a good position to make it through to the next round.On Wednesday evening, the players from the various clubs attended Metropolitan's compulsory Life-Skills symposium in which CSI specialist, Renee Sabor delivered an interactive seminar dealing with some of the crucial challenges that face young people in today's world, including HIV/AIDS prevention, self-awareness and financial responsibility to one's community.On Friday afternoon, the action commences at 3:15pm with a mouth-watering clash between Chiefs and Supersport, and at around 7:00pm, the official opening ceremony will take place.