Usuthu U18 coach Bukasa Kasonga credited his side’s strong character as they were finally crowned Engen KOC championship after a four-year drought after they edged out defending champions Royal Eagles 1-0 on 30 June 2019.
The encounter was the climax of the tournament which consisted of three days of jampacked fixtures with 16 of the best all battling it out for a R20 000 cheque in prize money at the Moses Mabhida Sports complex.
Usuthu’s road to the final was a bumpy one as they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Brazil Academy in their opening game. They had to dig deep after the defeat and were rewarded for the resilience as they managed to cause damage to all their opponents that followed Friday’s matches.
In the group stages AmaZulu met Blue Stars (4-0) and Clermont Academy (1-0). In the quarter final they beat Young Cavaliers (1-0) which then followed by Golden Stars (3-0) in the semifinal.
According to former Usuthu captain U18 coach Bukasa Belux Kasonga such lessons will be what they will drum into the players if they are to challenge for the next step which will be the national Champ of Champ section of the spectacle.
‘’We still have a long way to go in terms of tactical preparations and getting together all the relevant documents as well, my wish is to have at least 22 players then I will be satisfied,’’ he concluded.
‘’I am extremely happy to have won this tournament. My players have made me very proud and I would also like to thank the technical team as well for their contribution.’’
‘’When we lost the first game, I had to instill confidence in my players again and encourage them to not give up and to keep pushing and to give their all. They showed character after that,’’ he said.
Msindisi Ndlovu of AmaZulu FC scooped the player of the tournament and the midfielder of the tournament accolades at the awards ceremony which took place shortly after the final.Share