Yaya’s Tavern crowned national champions

2017-07-19 06:02
With the Raga Bolo trophy team captain Curtis Dos Santos, team manager Herman ‘Cheeks’ Merime and Gareth Simes (left). PHOTO: Supplied

With the Raga Bolo trophy team captain Curtis Dos Santos, team manager Herman ‘Cheeks’ Merime and Gareth Simes (left). PHOTO: Supplied

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WHAT began as a social team a few months ago ended up turning an Eastwood outfit into national champions.

Yaya’s is one of the popular taverns in the area under the management of Herman Merime.

This year Yaya’s entered the Smirnoff Raga Bolo competition and the team has now been crowned national champions.

According to Yaya’s team manager, Merime, known as “Cheeks”, the team steamrolled all the Pietermaritzburg participants and qualified for the regional, provincial and national play-offs in the street soccer championship

“We were just a winning team and carried that mentality all the way to the final,” said Cheeks.

Last weekend, Yaya’s team travelled to the Soweto Oval to take part in the national finals and represent KZN.

In the final they met Cibani Tavern from Umlazi and beat them 2-1.

Merime said his team's spirit, unity and motivation took them far.

“Our team was made up of Gareth Simes, Curtis Dos Santos, Renaldo Donnelly, Steven Tonny, Darrel Anthony and Tristan Wood. All these players were just pure class, a marvel to watch, quality players and had people watching from the edge of their seats.

“At the end of the day and after all the months of playing finally this team is the 2017 Smirnoff Raga Bolo national champions and they deserve it,” said Cheeks.

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