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Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge champs crowned

By Siya Pongco , in Football | Featured Football | News , at 2023-12-23 Tags:

u17 Final

Remember Elite Sports Academy (RESA) were crowned the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge u17 champions for a fourth time after defeating River Park FC 2-1 at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto on Saturday. They previously won the competition in 2011, 2013 and 2017.

Coach Lefa Moselane of RESA was a happy man afterwards, commenting: “It’s a special moment for us to have won this competition for the fourth time.”

It was, however, River Park FC who took the lead, thanks to a goal from Manyike Rhulani, who was prolific and influential for his side throughout the competition.

RESA fought back with swift ball movement, which forced River Park into their own half, but they struggled to pry open the stubborn River Park defence.

Coach Moselane said he needed to come up with different techniques in an attempt to find an equaliser. In the second half, those adjustments and RESA’s hard efforts paid off when Thando Singo levelled. That strike turned the contest on its head.

A second goal, from a sensational shot by Thato Mokgathlanye, put RESA in front and eventually proved to be the match winner.

Ladies Final: Mito Stars FC vs Diepkloof Ladies FC 

In the group stage, Mito Stars had beaten Diepkloof Ladies 2-0, and they repeated that scoreline in the final to be crowned the women’s champions of the 20th Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge.

In an evenly contested game, goals from Noxolo Cesane and Gugu Mabitsela sealed the title for Stars.

Men’s tournament: Dube Continental vs Soweto Super United 

Supporters flocked to the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto and filled the stands just moments before the men’s final kicked off.

It was a Gauteng ABC Motsepe League classic between Dube Continental and Soweto Super United (SSU), led by former professional footballer and Orlando Pirates’ captain Benson Mhlongo.

SSU were the reigning champions and intent on retaining their title, while Dube Continental had their sights set on an upset. They made their case in the opening 45 minutes by going 2-0 up on SSU.

Dube Continental then held onto that advantage until the end to take home the winner’s purse of R100 000.

Siya Pongco
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