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Nqabakazulu captures Kloof High Football Tournament title in style

By Brad Morgan , in Football | Featured Football | News , at 2024-06-17 Tags: , , , , , ,

This strike, only two minutes into the final, set Nqabalazulu on their way to the Kloof High Football Tournament Cup title.
This strike, only two minutes into the final, set Nqabalazulu on their way to the Kloof High Football Tournament Cup title.

Nqabakazulu captured the Cup at the Kloof High School Football Tournament on Sunday, beating HTS Louis Botha 3-0 in the final to lift the title in convincing fashion.

Nqabakazulu, who didn’t concede a single goal in their campaign, struck twice within the first five minutes to catch Louis Botha cold. Then, a late strike ensured the victory would go to the side from KwaMashu.

In the playoffs, they accounted for the KZN Inland champions, Carter High, winning 1-0, and they then ousted newcomers’ Virginia in a penalty shootout after the teams had played to a goalless draw.

The team from the northern Free State finished third and were good value for their 3-1 win over Maritzburg College in the third-place playoff. The KZN side struck first with a fantastic counterattacking goal, but they were kept on the back foot throughout the contest.

Virginia stretched Maritzburg College in the Cup's third place playoff and came away with a 3-1 win.
Virginia stretched Maritzburg College in the Cup’s third place playoff and came away with a 3-1 win.

Virginia impressed with their intensity and tough pressing, and they had the finishing to match their defensive excellence.

Throughout the tournament, they rained in the goals and were comfortably the highest scorers.

At the conclusion of the event, no side had more players included in the team of the tournament than Virginia. Their four included Lebohang Mobe, who was named the Player of the Tournament. He also received the Golden Boot Award after netting 12 times.

Not surprisingly, given that he didn’t give up a goal, Sibusiso Mkhize, of Nqabakazulu, was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament.

In an enthralling Plate final, Paul Roos, trailing by two goals, scored twice in the last five minutes to force a penalty shootout against Pinetown.

The side from the Boland took it 3-2 from the spot after both ‘keepers pulled off fine saves.

Pinetown's goalkeeper pulled off this spectacular save in their penalty shootout against Paul Roos, but the Western Cape side stopped two Pinetown shots and they won the Shield.
Pinetown’s goalkeeper pulled off this spectacular save in their penalty shootout against Paul Roos, but the Western Cape side’s goalie stopped two Pinetown shots and they won the Shield.

Another team from the Western Cape claimed a title, with Rondebosch Boys’ High edging out Durban High School (DHS) from the spot in the Shield final after regulation time had finished 0-0.

Pietermaritzburg’s Linpark picked up the Spoon, defeating Maqhutshana 2-0 in an entertaining contest.

Props to Kloof High. Running a 32-team tournament is no easy task and they did a fantastic job of it.

TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT

Sello Mokhobo (Virginia), Khotso Maputsoe (Virginia), Mpho Khoarai (Virginia), Lebohang Mobe (Virginia), Tokollo Katleho (HTS Louis Botha), Diego Da Silva (Tuks Sport), Luke Forsyth (Tuks Sport), Sgcino Memela (Pinetown), Mazithi Qasha (Maritzburg College), Breydan Middleton (Maritzburg College), Nicholas Fillis (Paul Roos), Cade Gordon (Paul Roos), Thabiso Madlala (Westville), Kurt Rogers (Westville), Mthuthuko Mnguni (Carter), Andile Vilakazi (Nqabakazulu), Sibusiso Mkhize (Nqabakazulu)

RESULTS

Cup

Quarterfinals
Nqabakazulu 1-0 Carter
Virginia 3-0 Tuks Sport
Louis Botha 1 (6) – 1 (5) Westville
Maritzburg College 2 (3) – 2 (2) Glenwood

Semi-finals
Louis Botha 2 (3) -2 (2) Maritzburg College
Nqabakazulu 0 (5) – 0 (4) Virginia

3rd/4th
Virginia 3-1 Maritzburg College

Final
Nqabakazulu 3-0 Louis Botha

Plate Final
Paul Roos 2 (3) – 2 (2) Pinetown)

Shield Final
Rondebosch 0 (3) – 0 (2) DHS

Spoon Final
Linpark 2-0 Maqhutshana

Brad Morgan