Vasco da Gama taking shape

Vasco da Gama taking shape
New Vasco signing from Celtic, Johannes Motlhaping

by Neil Greig

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014. 10:19

National First Division side Vasco Da Gama, who are in the process of getting a new owner, put up a good showing in a friendly with Ajax Cape Town on Tuesday.

Gauteng-based Mario Ferreira, CEO of the TMM Group of companies, is in the process of finalising the final details of the ownership of Vasco da Gama after he announced that he was now the majority shareholder.

Vasco legends Carlos, Mario and Paulo Das Neves have stayed on board as shareholders from the previous management team while the technical team, of Tony de Nobrega, Keenin Lesch and Kenny Gertse, stays as is for now.

In the heart of defence for Vasco was former Bloemfontein Celtic man Johannes Motlhaping who put in some thumping tackles, including one that put Ajax striker George Akpabio on the sidelines with an injured leg.

Other well-known names such as Itumeleng Duiker, who was in a defensive midfield role, and 33-year-old Johnny Armogam, who looked lively in attack, were in the action as Vasco competed well with their neighbours from the Premier League.

Former Chippa United man Robin Rhode looked sharp on the set pieces for Vasco and created a goal from a brilliant corner kick, just moments after a direct free kick almost caught Ajax goalkeeper Brandon Petersen off guard.

Another ex-Chippa player, goalkeeper Abduragmaan White, is at Vasco looking to impress while attacking player Sherwin Bailey, from the ASD Academy, is also pushing to make his presence felt.

It is understood that the approach that the new owners of Vasco will take in the transfer market will be a simple strategy.

They are not planning to overhaul the entire squad but to rather build on the foundation of young talent already at the club, and add to the squad some experienced players from top-flight teams who are looking to go out on loan.

The National First Division kicks off on August 23.

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