AmaZulu have retained their KwaZulu-Natal Engen Under 17 Knockout Challenge title after they beat Golden Arrows 2-1 on Sunday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium outer fields.
Usuthu’s juniors netted first with a goal from Luthando Qwabe. But as the match was approaching half time, Golden Arrows equalised via Lwandile Gwala.
In the second half, AmaZulu went ahead through Luthando Qwabe’s penalty kick, ensuring that his side will represent KZN at the Engen Champions of Champions in Johannesburg, which sees the winners of the nine regional competitions fight it out for the ultimate national prize..
Coach Lindokuhle Mkhize said of his team: “I am happy; this is what we were aiming for as a hosting team. We now need to prepare well for the Champs of Champs and make sure that we do well,” he said.
Meanwhile Tournament Director Mpho Dintwa said he was impressed with how the tournament unfolded.
“The tournament went well and there were young players who showcased their talent. Another outstanding factor was the crowd turnout and the tournament was very competitive. I am confident that this is the beginning of these boys’ future as there were many scouts that were here,” said Dintwa.
Sibusiso Magaqa of AmaZulu walked away with the player of the tournament and midfielder of the tournament award while his teammate John Colbert walked away with the goalkeeper of the tournament award.
Individual Award Winners:
Defender of the Tournament: Thabiso Tembe (Golden Arrows)
Midfielder of the Tournament: Sibisiso Magaqa (AmaZulu)
Striker of the Tournament: Reagan Marais (Chelsea)
Top Goal scorer of the Tournament: Sizwe Ngcobo (All Stars)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: John Colbert (AmaZulu)
Player of the Tournament: Sibisiso Magaqa (AmaZulu)