Roo Stars pull upset

2016-07-27 06:00
ROO STARS’ victorious captain, Lebohang Salomane, lifting the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge trophy. Photo: Supplied

ROO STARS’ victorious captain, Lebohang Salomane, lifting the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge trophy. Photo: Supplied

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THE Botshabelo-based amateur football outfit Roo Stars will be among the nine teams to compete for this year’s national Engen Champs of Champs u.17 boys in October. This is after they were crowned the winners in the Free State leg of the Engen Knockout Challenge in Bloemfontein on Sunday (24/07), beating Virginia Academy by 5-3 in the final. The Champs of Champs final will be staged in Johannesburg.

Stars were crowned champions after beating Virginia Academy on penalties after the two sides had failed to score in regulation time.

Coached by former United FC player Tshidiso Goeieman, the Botshabelo lads pulled off a major upset on the road to the final, edging out favourites Bloemfontein Celtic and Brebner High School. They completed their onslaught, beating defending champions Virginia Academy in the final via penalties. Stars finished the tournament with only one defeat in the group stages, which was against Vulamasango Secondary School.

Goeieman (25) believes their win is an improvement, with them having finished in fourth place last year in the tournament. It was, however, sweet revenge beating Virginia Academy, who had edged out the newly-crowned champions in the semi-final by 2-0 in 2015. Stars had been named Fair Play Team of the Tournament in 2015.

Stars captain, Lebohang Salomane, was voted Defender of the Tournament for this year’s edition.

It is Goeieman’s first major trophy of his coaching career. He coaches two divisions of Rhoo Stars, u.17 and u.15.

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