2011 Vodacom Challenge

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2011 Vodacom Challenge
Vodacom Challenge 2011.jpg
Teams 3
Matches played 4
Goals scored 7 (1.75 per match)

The Vodacom Challenge celebrated its 11th anniversary in 2011 with the English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur touring South Africa and playing against two local PSL clubs, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

This is the second time that Tottenham Hotspur has taken part in the Vodacom Challenge.

Tournament history[edit]

Originally known as the Vodacom African Challenge the competition was conceptualised and first played in 1999 as communications giant Vodacom sought to leverage their sponsorship of Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

The first year of the competition saw two of the giants of the African continent invited to the pre-season tournament. Asec Mimosa, the reigning African champions were joined by Tunisia's Espérance. Orlando Pirates walked away with the trophy after an emphatic 4-1 win over Espérance.

The 2000 tournament started on a sour note when Morocco's Raja Casablanca, the new African champions, withdrew as it was felt that their participation was in conflict with Morocco and South Africa's battle to win the right to host the 2006 World Cup. Power Dynamos of Zambia were added as a late replacement, joining Ivorians Africa Sport who held the African Cup Winner’s Cup. The final between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs failed to live up to pre-match expectations, although it did provide a fascinating battle in midfield. Kaizer Chiefs walked away 1-0 winners.

The 2001 Vodacom Challenge held special meaning for supporters from both Ghana and South Africa. Ghanaian clubs Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak were invited to play. The organizers dedicated the tournament to the 43 fans who had died at Ellis Park just a few months before, as well as the 126 people who perished at the Accra Sports Stadium during a match between Hearts and Kotoko just weeks before the Ellis Park tragedy. It was a sobering occasion for all, and a reminder that much was still to be done to ensure the safety of spectators across the continent. The final produced no goals and the match went to penalties with Kaizer Chiefs managing to retain the trophy they won the year before with a 3-2 win on penalties against Asante Kotoko.

Asante Kotoko returned for the 2002 event, where they were joined by DRC outfit St Eloi Lupopo. The final was settled by a single spectacular goal from Musasa and Asante Kotoko became the first foreign side to lift the Vodacom Challenge trophy.

St Eloi Lupopo returned to defend their title in 2003 and were joined by compatriots TP Mazembe. Kaizer Chiefs claimed their third title in the final after winning 3-2 on penalties after a goalless match. It was after this tournament that TP Mazembe's Felix Musasa joined Pirates.

As had been the growing trend over the years, the 2004 Vodacom Challenge was dominated by shoot outs. TP Mazembe were back, this time joined by newcomers AS Vita. The final that pitted Kaizer Chiefs against AS Vita Club was disappointing until the dying minutes of the game when a goal from each side saw the match go to penalties. AS Vita went on to win the shoot-out 4-3.

Defending champions AS Vita and Green Buffaloes of Zambia were invited the next year and both fell at the first hurdle setting up a dream final between Pirates and Chiefs. The final in Durban was a cracking match that provided great entertainment for the expectant crowd. Pirates held on to claim their second trophy after a long six year wait.

2006 saw a change in format with Chiefs and Pirates now taking on a European giant. Manchester United was named as the competition. Chiefs and Pirates each took on Man United in an exhibition match followed by a derby clash to determine who would play the visiting team in the final. Kaizer Chiefs represented South Africa in the final and after a nail-biting penalty shoot out, Kaizer Chiefs raised the new-look trophy in glory.

Tottenham Hotspur, hoping to emulate Manchester United by visiting South Africa and winning the Premier League the next season were the international team in 2007. Spurs played Pirates in the Final and walked away with the Vodacom Challenge Final.

Manchester United returned in 2008 to avenge their loss to Kaizer Chiefs in 2006. In a hard fought final, the Manchester United team with big names like Rooney, Ferdinand and Teves lifted the trophy and once again the Vodacom Challenge trophy travelled to distant shores.

The 2010 Vodacom Challenge was skipped, due to the World Cup being organised in South Africa, during the months of June and July.

Manchester City traveled to South Africa for the first time to be the third English Premiership club to take part in the Vodacom Challenge. Manchester City lost to Kaizer Chiefs in the final.

Venues[edit]

Four cities served as the venues for the 2011 Vodacom Challenge.

Polokwane Johannesburg Port Elizabeth Nelspruit
Peter Mokaba Stadium Coca Cola Park Stadium Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Mbombela Stadium
Capacity: 41,733 Capacity: 62,567 Capacity: 48,459 Capacity: 40,929

Tottenham Hotspur Squad for 2011 Vodacom Challenge[edit]

English Premiership team Tottenham Hotspur announced on the 15 July 2009 that they will be bringing a full-strength squad to South Africa for the 11th anniversary of the Vodacom Challenge where they will tackle Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Heurelho Gomes
2 Scotland DF Alan Hutton
3 Wales MF Gareth Bale
4 France DF Younes Kaboul
5 England MF David Bentley
6 England MF Tom Huddlestone
7 England MF Aaron Lennon
8 England MF Jermaine Jenas
9 Russia FW Roman Pavlyuchenko
10 Republic of Ireland FW Robbie Keane
11 Netherlands MF Rafael van der Vaart
12 Honduras MF Wilson Palacios
14 Croatia MF Luka Modrić
15 England FW Peter Crouch
16 England DF Kyle Naughton
No. Position Player
18 England FW Jermain Defoe
19 Cameroon DF Sébastien Bassong
20 England DF Michael Dawson (captain)
21 Croatia MF Niko Kranjčar
22 Croatia DF Vedran Ćorluka
23 Italy GK Carlo Cudicini
25 England MF Danny Rose
24 United States GK Brad Friedel
28 England DF Kyle Walker
32 Cameroon DF Benoît Assou-Ekotto
36 South Africa DF Bongani Khumalo
40 South Africa MF Steven Pienaar

Fixtures[edit]

First Round[edit]

16 July 2011
15:30
Kaizer Chiefs South Africa 1 – 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
Lebese Goal 93' Report
Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane
Attendance: 41,733
KAIZER CHIEFS:
GK 31 Itumeleng Khune
RB 2 Jimmy Tau
CB 5 Dominic Isaacs Substituted off 46'
CB 3 Thomas Sweswe
LB 29 Zhaimu Jambo
RM 8 Tinashe Nengomasha
CM 6 Reneilwe Letsholonyane Substituted off 64'
CM 9 Josta Dladla Substituted off 64'
LM 14 Siphiwe Tshabalala Substituted off 64'
CF 7 Kaizer Motaung Junior Substituted off 64'
CF Lehlohonolo Majoro Substituted off 64'
Substitutes:
DF Tefu Mashamaite Substituted in 64'
MF 17 George Lebese Substituted in 64' Goal 93'
MF 10 Mthokozisi Yende Substituted in 64'
MF 11 Abia Nale Substituted in 64'
FW 21 Knowledge Musona Substituted in 64'
MF 12 Dominic Mateba Substituted in 64'
GK 30 Kabelo Metsimetsi
Manager:
Serbia Vladimir Vermezović
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR:
GK 23 Carlo Cudicini
RB 2 Alan Hutton Substituted off 46'
CB 19 Sébastien Bassong Substituted off 74'
CB 20 Michael Dawson Substituted off 46'
LB 32 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
RM 5 David Bentley Substituted off 46'
CM 6 Tom Huddlestone Substituted off 46'
CM 8 Jermaine Jenas
LM 21 Niko Kranjčar Substituted off 46'
CF 10 Robbie Keane Substituted off 46'
CF 18 Jermain Defoe Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
GK Brad Friedel
DF 22 Vedran Ćorluka Substituted in 49'
DF 36 Bongani Khumalo Substituted in 74'
DF 4 Younes Kaboul Substituted in 46'
MF 7 Aaron Lennon Substituted in 46'
MF 11 Rafael van der Vaart Substituted in 46'
MF 3 Gareth Bale Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Roman Pavlyuchenko Substituted in 46'
FW 15 Peter Crouch Substituted in 46'
DF 16 Kyle Naughton
Manager:
England Harry Redknapp

ORLANDO PIRATES:
GK 1 Senzo Meyiwa
RB 4 Happy Jele Substituted off 63' Goal 40'
CB 14 Lucky LekgwathiCaptain Substituted off 63'
CB 28 Rooi Mahamutsa Substituted off 46'
LB 38 Ruben Cloete
RM 15 Andile Jali Substituted off 63'
CM 20 Oupa Manyisa
CM 35 Isaac Chansa Substituted off 46'
LM 23 Tlou Segolela Substituted off 78'
CF 9 Bongani Ndulula Substituted off 75'
CF 7 Daine Klate Substituted off 46'
Substitutes:
GK 34 Jacob Mokhasi
DF Njabulo Ntusi Substituted in 63'
DF 30 Robyn Johannes Substituted in 63'
DF Siyabonga Sangweni Substituted in 46'
MF 6 Clifford Ngobeni Substituted in 63'
MF 12 Mark Mayambela Substituted in 46'
MF Rudolf Bester Substituted in 78'
FW 26 Ndumiso Mabena Substituted in 75'
FW Sameehg Doutie Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Brazil Júlio Leal
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR:
GK Brad Friedel
RB 16 Kyle Naughton Substituted off 46'
CB 4 Younes Kaboul Substituted off 46'
CB 36 Bongani Khumalo
LB 25 Danny Rose
RM 5 David Bentley Substituted off 46'
CM 14 Luka Modrić Substituted off 58'
CM 12 Wilson Palacios Substituted off 46'
LM 3 Gareth Bale Substituted off 58'
CF 11 Rafael van der Vaart Substituted off 46'
CF 18 Jermain Defoe Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
GK 23 Carlo Cudicini
DF 28 Kyle Walker Substituted in 46'
DF 20 Michael Dawson Substituted in 46'
MF 7 Aaron Lennon Substituted in 46'
MF 21 Niko Kranjčar Substituted in 58'
DF 22 Vedran Ćorluka Substituted in 46'
MF 8 Jermaine Jenas Substituted in 58'
MF 10 Robbie Keane Substituted in 46'
FW 9 Roman Pavlyuchenko Substituted in 46'
Manager:
England Harry Redknapp

Soweto Derby[edit]


21 July 2011
20:15
Kaizer Chiefs South Africa 0 – 1 South Africa Orlando Pirates
Goal 59' Segolela
KAIZER CHIEFS:
GK 31 Itumeleng Khune
RB 2 Jimmy Tau
CB 5 Dominic Isaacs
CB 3 Thomas Sweswe Substituted off 62'
LB 29 Zhaimu Jambo Substituted off 62'
RM 8 Tinashe Nengomasha
CM 6 Reneilwe Letsholonyane
CM 9 Josta Dladla
LM 14 Siphiwe Tshabalala Substituted off 46'
CF 21 Knowledge Musona Substituted off 76'
CF 20 Lehlohonolo Majoro Substituted off 46'
Substitutes:
DF 4 Tefu Mashamaite Substituted in 62'
DF 13 Keegan Richie Substituted in 62'
MF 10 Mthokozisi Yende Substituted in 46'
MF 11 Abia Nale Substituted in 46'
FW 7 Kaizer Motaung Junior Substituted in 64'
MF 22 Mandla Masango Substituted in 46'
GK 26 Lucky Khune Substituted in 76'
Manager:
Serbia Vladimir Vermezović
ORLANDO PIRATES:
GK 1 Senzo Meyiwa
RB 4 Happy Jele
CB 21 Siyabonga Sangweni
CB 14 Lucky Lekgwathi
LB 38 Ruben Cloete
RM 23 Tlou Segolele Substituted off 83' Goal 59'
CM 20 Oupa Manyisa
CM 15 Andile Jali
LM 7 Daine Klate Substituted off 75'
CF 12 Mark Mayambela Substituted off 58'
CF 9 Bongani Ndulula Substituted off 65'
Substitutions:
MF 5 Dikgang Mabalane Substituted in 75'
MF 6 Clifford Ngobeni Substituted in 83'
FW 11 Sameehg Doutie Substituted in 65'
DF 18 Thulasizwe Mbuyane Substituted in 58'
Manager:
Brazil Júlio Leal

Final[edit]


ORLANDO PIRATES:
GK 1 Senzo Meyiwa
RB 4 Happy Jele
CB 14 Lucky Lekgwathi (C) Substituted off 63'
CB Siyabonga Sangweni Substituted off 63'
LB 38 Ruben Cloete Substituted off 69'
RM Thulasizwe Mbuyane Substituted off 46'
CM 20 Oupa Manyisa
CM 15 Andile Jali Substituted off 80'
LM 7 Daine Klate Substituted off 63'
CF 9 Bongani Ndulula Substituted off 87'
CF 23 Tlou Segolela Substituted off 62'
Substitutes:
DF 28 Rooi Mahamutsa Substituted in 63'
DF 30 Robyn Johannes Substituted in 63'
DF 32 Lucas Thwala Substituted in 69'
MF 11 Sameegh Doutie Substituted in 46'
MF 6 Clifford Ngobeni Substituted in 80'
MF 25 Rudolf Bester Substituted in 63'
FW 26 Ndumiso Mabena Substituted in 87'
FW 12 Mark Mayambela Substituted in 62'
Manager:
Brazil Júlio Leal
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR:
GK 1 Heurelho Gomes
RB 28 Kyle Walker Substituted off 46'
CB 19 Sébastien Bassong
CB 36 Bongani Khumalo
LB 32 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
RM 7 Aaron Lennon Substituted off 60'
CM 14 Luka Modrić Substituted off 70'
CM 6 Tom Huddlestone Substituted off 46'
LM 30 Steven Pienaar Substituted off 46'
CF 11 Rafael van der Vaart Goal Goal
CF 18 Peter Crouch Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
DF 2 Alan Hutton Substituted in 46'
MF 9 Roman Pavlyuchenko Substituted in 60'
MF 3 Gareth Bale Substituted in 70'
MF 12 Wilson Palacios Substituted in 46'
MF 21 Niko Kranjčar Substituted in 46'
FW 18 Jermain Defoe Substituted in 46' Goal
Manager:
England Harry Redknapp


2011 Vodacom Challenge
CHAMPIONS
Tottenham Hotspur
2nd title

References[edit]

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