The best of the best boys and girls u.15 football teams made the Diamond City proud by scooping gold and bronze medals respectively during the FNB Football First National Championship.
The championship was held from 1 to 3 October at the University of Johannesburg and saw teams from Thohoyandou, Kimberley, George, Umtata and Pietermaritzburg taking each other on on the soccer field.
The boys team was crowned the champions after beating Pietermaritzburg by 3 – 1 in penalties on the final day of the tournament.
They were promoted to the final round after beating Thohoyandou by 3 – 1 on the first day and drawing Umtata by 1 – 1 on the second day.
The girls team ended third in the tournament and received bronze medals.
The two teams were led by head coach Kagisho “Spades” Matile, Wendy Augus, Tebogo Mpela and FNB Football First Kimberley co-ordinator Winston Mondela.
Spades thanked the Local Football Association (LFA) and parents for allowing their children to participate in the tournament.
“That is where I identified talent for 2018 and they allowed the youngsters to spread their wings,” he said, expressing his gratitude.
According to Spades, he has already started working on forming his new team for the 2019 championship through trials.
“In February 2019 I will start rounding schools through zones, scouting for talent ahead of the trials as I need a brand-new team.”
“I have to look at all channels and not leave any stone unturned because talent does not come to you, you must go and search for it.”
“Due to the challenges that young people face nowadays, resulting in them being overlooked at times, I will not rest until I find an equally strong team,” he vowed.
He highlighted that he will stick to his playing style as it has paid off greatly, as it has been shown in the championship.