The Usuthu Under 17 side were eliminated by bitter KZN rivals Golden Arrows in the semifinal of the Engen Knockout. They lost 3-0 at Wentworth’s Highbury Sports grounds on Sunday.
Golden Arrows went on to beat Hammarsdale Junior Aces 2-0 in the final and earn the rights to be called the 2012 Engen KOC champions after three days of contesting for honours.
Arrows were presented with a R10 000 cheque by Tournament Director, Ronnie Moroka, and Engen Group Sponsorship Manager, Brad Bergh. Junior Aces had won 1-0 against Maritzburg United to get to the final.
Former Bafana Bafana and AmaZulu coach Clive Barker had words of encouragement for many other clubs who bit the dust like Usuthu.
“It certainly was a great tournament, and congratulations to the winners. Thanks to the directors, Brad Bergh in particular for putting this all together. Well done to all the teams, even to the referees, and the ball boys, and all the people who kept everything going,” said Barker.
SAFA Ethekwini Regional President, Alpha Mchunu, praised the level of commitment showed by all stakeholders.
Champions: Golden Arrows
Runner Ups: Junior Aces
Player of the tournament: Sonke Ntuli, Golden Arrows
Defender of the tournament: Sphesihle Mhlongo, Hammersdale Junior Aces
Midfielder of the tournament: Sonke Ntuli, Golden Arrows
Striker of the tournament: Sbusiso Sibeko, Golden Arrows
Goalkeeper of the tournament: Mpendulo Dlamini, AmaZulu
Top goal scorer of the tournament: Calvan Reddy, Lenham Sporting
Fairplay team of the tournament: Lenham Sporting
Coach of the tournament: Nkululeko Mncwane, Hammersdale Junior Aces
Best Assistant Referee: Nhlanhla Makhathini
Referee of the tournament: Zamani Mthembu