Gauteng Province has been crowned kings of the 2016 SAFA/Burger King u19 Men’s Championship.
Gauteng showed little respect to demolish the much-fancied Santos 3-0 in the final that took place on Sunday, 18 December at Phillipi Stadium in Cape Town.
The match was watched by SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan, SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble and as well as some SAFA NEC members. They were joined by Dr Hassen Adams and Alex Abercrombie of Burger King and Grand Parade.
Also in attendance was former Bafana Bafana stars Doctor Khumalo and Phi Masinga, as well as Helman Mkhalele who was the head selector.
Two quick goals in the first half and another late in the second half were enough to give Gauteng victory.
The first came in the 12th minute when a blcoked shot ricocheted into an empty net, with the second coming just a minute later through Tshiamo Mokoena.
However much the home team tried, they found a solid Gauteng team at the back.
The second half was more open with Santos looking to get a goal, while Gauteng wanted to increase their lead.
It was the visitors who truimphed as they sealed the match in the 52nd minute with a neatly-worked goal that ended with Molahlehi Khunyedi finding the back of the net.
The result means Gauteng becomes the second side to win the SAFA-Burger King u19 Men’s Championship.
The first edition was won by Supersport United in 2014 when they defeated Ajax Cape Town in Bloemfontein.
Cape Town City claimed bronze in the 3rd/4th place play-off played earlier at the Phillipi Stadium.
They defeated Mpumalanga 4-1 with goals from Litha Dakuse and Buzwe Bam coming in the 7th and 8th minute respectively.
Mpumalanga pulled one back in the 55th minute through Uyanda Mbaziza – to be top-joint goalscorer with Duncan Adonis of City, but the latter ensured he finished top of the charts with his sixth goal of the tournament in the 64th minute.
The final nail of the coffin came on the stroke of full time (70th) through Brett Veale.
A total of 63 goals were scored after 22 matches.
In the indivudual awards, Gauteng almost made a clean sweep.
Simphiwe Ncamane of Gauteng was crowned King (Player) of the Tournament; Duncan Adonis finished as the Top Goal Scorer of the Tournament with six goals; Tshiamo Mokoena of Gauteng walked away with the Whopper of a Goal of the Tournament award; Given Mthombeni of Gauteng was chosen Goalkeeper of the Tournament while Bambiso Maxixole was named Referee of the Tournament.
Each won themselves a R500 gift voucher to use at any Burger King outlet.
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS WINNERS:
- King (Player) of the Tournament: Simphiwe Ncamane (Gauteng)
- Top Goal Scorer of the Tournament: (6 goals) Duncan Adonis (Cape Town City)
- Whopper of a Goal of the Tournament: Tshiamo Mokoena (Gauteng)
- Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Given Mthombeni (Gauteng)
- Referee of the Tournament: Bambiso Maxixole