Fans brave wind to support NMB Mayoral Cup finals

2017-12-13 06:01
SAFA Deputy Presidents Andile Ace Funani and Nomonde Makuleni, along with SAFA NMB President Simphiwe MK Mkangelwa, with the Glenville Celtic U/15 players.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

SAFA Deputy Presidents Andile Ace Funani and Nomonde Makuleni, along with SAFA NMB President Simphiwe MK Mkangelwa, with the Glenville Celtic U/15 players.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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DESPITE the windy, chilly conditions, soccer converged at Gelvandale Fields to support the two finalists in the Nelson Mandela Bay Mayoral Cup 2017 finals, which took place on Saturday.

The tournament is hosted annually by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) to promote and encourage mass sport participation.

According to the NMB Mayoral Cup Games project manager, Thembinkosi Mengu, the games are the proper platform to nurture talent and keep the youth from committing crimes.

The finalists received sets of kit, while the winners and runners-up received trophies and medals. In the u/13 boys’ finals, Stinging Bees thumped Hotspurs 3-0. Bees’ skipper, Lilitha Maqungu, scooped the best player and top goal scorer awards, while Hotspurs’ goalkeeper Benetio Frieslaar went home with the goalkeeper award trophy.

In the u/15 boys’ finals, Glenville Celtic thrashed Power Lads 3-0. Glenville striker Zinedine Jonas won the player and top goal score awards, while the goalkeeper award went to Glenville goalkeeper Mariano Valentine.

In the women’s finals, Highbury FC thumped Dower United 3-1. Zikhona Nogqala, Siya Mbambosi and Nomaphelo Ngcwembe kept Highbury’s flag flying when they won the top goal scorer, goalkeeper of the tournament and player of the tournament awards respectively.

In the senior men’s final, Caledonians, affectionately called Callies, defeated Real Aces (Veeplaas) 1-0. The top goal scorer award went to Camper United striker Siyabulela Tsewana, while the player of the tournament was Callies player Dillon Germshys and the goalkeeper of the tournament award was Riaan Barth (Callies).

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