The AmaZulu U17 side welcomed the humbling experience they received over the three day Engen Champ of Champs held at Soweto’s Nike Centre fields.
Despite leaving it all too late to register their only win on Sunday, 12 October via a 4-1 penalty shootout against PE Sundowns, coach Lindokuhle lauded his side’s unrelenting attitude.
“It’s good for them to go up against some of the country’s top teams at an important age group like theirs. I’m confident everyone will go home with something to help contribute to bettering their own game and collectively,” said Mkhize.
The astro-turf surface proved tricky to adapt to as some players kept the team’s physio busy on the touchline due to the pitch’s physical demand.
Luyanda Gumede, who scored the goal which gave Usuthu the 1-0 lead in open play before PE equalized, also commended his teammates for putting in the shift amid some of the challenges.
“I personally think this was good for an improvement perspective as a player because there’s still a lot to learn. It’s a good thing to play against the rest of the country’s academies and it was just as encouraging to see the parents all the way from Durban coming to support us,” said the 16 year old versatile midfielder.
Central midfielder Riyaad Rajah said the lessons might have given him an indication of how high a demand his imminent graduation into the next age group will be.
“It was indeed a great experience to us as a group and especially since we all want to make it to the top, I’m glad we came out with something and we’ll surely benefit from this,” said Rajah.
SuperSport United were crowned the ultimate champions after winning 1-0 against Bidvest Wits.
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