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Ntuthuko Mnguni’s goal wins Carter the KZN Inland Championship

By Siya Pongco , in Football | Featured Football | News , at 2024-05-31 Tags: , ,

Carter High School and Maritzburg College produced a captivating display on Barns Field, at Maritzburg College, on Thursday in a thrilling final of the KZN High Schools Football Association’s Inland League, replete with tension, skill, and some remarkable saves.

It was an entertaining spectacle, even though there was only one goal in the game.

In the lead-up to the final, in the last round of round-robin fixtures, Carter had secured a 1-0 victory over the College boys. That reversed a run of four consecutive victories for the Red, Black and White over Carter in the previous four years.

Carter had plenty of motivation to follow up on that victory. They had last won silverware in 2014 and, since then, had been beaten in finals three times, twice by Maritzburg College and once by Port Shepstone. 

Ntuthuko Mnguni, the captain of Carter High School, was outstanding, playing the game with a joyful demeanour and scoring its only goal. Throughout the contest, Carter took the attack to College, but the home side had their fair share of opportunities, particularly through their top scorer, Mazithi Qasha, who came close to replying.

In the latter part of the game, CJ Sukraj, College’s goalkeeper produced one superb save after another as Carter intensified their efforts and applied pressure.

However, it was Mnguni’s strike that settled the game. After the match, he described it as thrilling and challenging.

It was special, Mnguni said, because he recalled how, three years earlier, he had been part of a team that experienced defeat in the final. This time around, however, there was no disappointment, only joy for the Carter players and their large contingent of supporters.

Siya Pongco
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