Mavididi strikes again as Arsenal beat Sporting Lisbon to keep Durban International Cup hopes alive


Stephy Mavididi found the net once again as Arsenal U19s beat their Sporting Lisbon counterparts 1-0 today to keep their hopes of retaining the Durban International Cup alive.

After suffering a surprise defeat to KZN Academy in their opening group stage fixture, Arsenal were well aware that they could ill afford to slip up against their Portuguese opponents and Mavididi’s strike, his second of the competition, proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Arsenal named a much-changed side for this fixture, with Nathan Tella, Tolaji Bola, Vlad Dragomir, Marcelo Allende and Emile Smith-Rowe all brought into the starting line-up.

Arsenal face Golden Arrows on Monday in their final group game.


Tella-Da Graca-Pileas-T. Bola


Malen-Allende-Smith Rowe




  1. hey jeorge, how has allende’s performance been so far and is he going to sign for us, also which player can he be compared to in terms of playing style

  2. Looking forward to seeing if Malen and Dragomir can make an impact in the U-21s this season and seeing Mavididi continue his progress. Mavididi scores goals for fun 🙂

  3. Arsenal U19 v Golden Arrows: Jonkerman, Tutu, Pileas, Da Graca, Bola, Dragomir, Mavididi, Nelson, Sheaf, Mcguane, Da Silva
    Sub: Keto, Omole, Tella, Smith-Rowe, Willock, Nketiah, Mourgos, Allende, Male

    jeorge is the keeper thom jonkerman the nike academy keeper. is he on trial at afc or have we signed him or is it some other jonkerman

  4. arsenal into the semi finals after a 2-1 win, Nelson and Mourgos with the goals, with the winner coming(83) just one minute after DaGraca had deflected a freekick past his own keeper

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