Youth tournament a huge success

2018-02-14 06:00

HUNDREDS of enthusiastic youth flocked to the Nelson Mandela Freedom Peace Park in Showvillage to watch Young Romans FC’s Back to School Inaugural Youth Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

Young Romans general secretary Thobela Dedeka said the aim of the tournament was to keep the youth in sport so that they refrain from getting involved in crime.

“Sport changes the bad behaviour into good behaviour. This tournament is planned as the proper platform to instil discipline into the players who will be disciplined future stars.”

The tournament, in which the u/13 and u/15 teams took part, was played in a straight knockout format.

In the u/13 finals, Lion City gave good account of themselves despite their 2-1 loss to Real Strikers. Strikers went home with the prize of R450, a floating trophy and 16 gold medals, while City received the prize of R250 and 16 silver medals.

Lion City took the honours in their 4-2 victory over Motherwell Academy during the u/15 finals. City scooped the first prize of R650, a floating trophy and 16 gold medals. Motherwell Academy went home with the prize of R450 and silver medals.

Dekeda stated that everything went according to plan and revealed that they plan to make the event an annual one.

“I want to thank the clubs that took part in our inaugural tournament. We watched football of high standard throughout the tournament. The match officials also did a great deal of work. We look forward to organising this tournament next year.

“We know where we should improve.”

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