Nale Academy Defends Youth Elite Games tournament

Nale Academy from The Vaal defended Youth Elite Games title after beating Cosmo City’s Royal Gunners one nil in a final match at Multipurpose Centre on 17 June.

The tournament saw eight under 15 teams participating to mark the youth day commemorations.

Speaking during the event, the tournament organizer Michael Sebola said it is a good thing to celebrate youth month through soccer.

“The motivation behind this tournament is to see the young boys improving,” Sebola said. “It is also their opportunity to be exposed to the scouts from well known academies. We brought some former professional footballers to address and inspire the young players before the tournament started. I hope it will help them to keep going.”

Having a team from The Vaal to win this tournament twice in a row brings a huge homework for the local teams, said Sebola. “It shows that something has to be done by the coaches in the Local Football Association. Royal Gunners did well, and I am also happy for the winners. I would like to thank all the sponsors for the tournament.”

Royal Gunners, who represented Cosmo City in the tournament, tried their best to hold Nale academy 0-0 in the first half.

Nale Academy, who won in the finals of last year’s tournament, came into the tournament as favorites to lift this year’s title.

An elated Nale Academy coach, Ghia Mokheti, congratulated his boys and daringly declared that they will always do their best in any tournament.

“You saw how wildly the boys celebrated after scoring the winning goal,” he said. “We are happy because we managed to win the tournament back-to-back. The secret behind winning this tournament is the support that we are getting from the parents.”

Youth Elite Games awarded the winning team a trophy, 10 soccer balls, two books, gold medals, two agility ladders, five soccer bibs, and a new MS sport football kit. The losing team got MS sport Kit, silver medals, five balls, agility ladder and five bibs. They also awarded the best defender, the best midfielder, the best striker and the best player of the tournament.

Amibex (Collin Madolo), Pick n Pay Cosmo City (Reggie Modisane), High Tech Multi Media Service (Moses Mathebula), MS Sport (Mike Sebola), and Thabo Phiri sponsored the tournament.

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