Yarona FC beat Hungry Lions 2-1 on Sunday 4 November to become this year’s Cosmo Champions league winners.
Twelve teams from three groups competed in the knockout tournament. The group winners and one best runner up qualified to play in the semifinals. On their way to the final, Yarona FC defeated FC 20 in the semifinals to meet Hungry Lions who also dismissed Bridgetown Rovers in another semifinal encounter.
An elated Yarona FC founder Caswell Mfondo was full of praise of his players.
“This achievement is a milestone to us,” he said. “I am excited and proud of the team. As a whole, I think we deserved winning. It means that we have at least set a tone, and it shows that we are ready to face any team in the league. Our focus is now on working towards winning the league title.”
The aim of the tournament was to elevate Cosmo City Football League (CCFL), said Tshepo Mothusi the secretary of Cosmo City Football League.
“Our aim is to have a league that is properly run, and to move to the next level,” Mothusi said. “We are slowly but surely getting there. We are trying our best to fund ourselves and promote the league.”
Without soccer in the community, most kids would be spending their time gambling, said Bongani “Figo” Skhosana, Yarona FC player.
“Gambling leads to crime, theft and murder,” Figo said. “So it is good that we are doing something that will keep us busy on weekends.”