Mini legends wow in Dubai

Months of hard work and training paid off for a group of u.10 soccer players from Southfield and surroundings as they displayed an outstanding performance at a tournament in Dubai last week.

The group travelled to Dubai to participate in the Dubai Super Cup and they never disappointed. People’s Post first did a story about the players when they needed help to take the whole team to Dubai but they were struggling financially (“Send minis to Dubai”, 20 March)

Through various efforts money was raised and the whole team jetted off to Dubai on Saturday 31 March. They are players from Tramway Football Club in Southfield, and they participated under the auspices of the Minisoccer Academy. The tour was being facilitated by Simsport International.

When People’s Post first interviewed team manager Naadir Hodgson, he praised the team. “The boys have been together from u.7 and won many trophies over the past few years, the most recent being the FUTSAL u.10 tournament in December playing against u.10 players whilst all still only being u.9. The team plays well together and they are destined for big things. I don’t mean to be boastful but I believe this team will bring the cup home,” he says.

The minis outperformed the other teams and brought the trophy home. Striker Abdul-Mu’izz Nortje led the team to a 2-0 victory against Paris Saint-Germain Football Club (PSG) academy.

Nortje scored 15 goals in five games prior to the finals.

Hodgson says they are over the moon. “After four months of training four times a week and months of fundraising we were able to bring all our kids to a stunning victory in Dubai. However, it was not just the victory that was sweet, but the way the boys played and devoured very good opposition, eliminating clubs like the Ronaldinho Academy, Arsenal academy and the PSG academy on the way. They were truly a good example for Cape Town and South African soccer. It was indeed a proud moment when they went up for their cup in front of players from many countries. It was also a heart warming moment when they played our national anthem,” he says.

The team landed in South Africa on Sunday 8 April to a hero’s welcome.

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