By PRECIOUS RAJANE
PROTEA North was buzzing with excitement when the young boys from Naledi academy were crowned the under 13 Poroza champions, after beating Zafios 1-0 at Reashuma ground, Soweto.
The first half saw both teams struggling with their final touches when neither of the teams managed to get pass the goalkeepers. Both teams kept spectators on their feet as they delivered a thrilling worth waiting for match.
The Naledi academy boys showed determination and that they were the hungriest when Kgotso Shoba scored the winning goal 10minutes after the second half. “I am grateful of such an opportunity, it feels good to score the winning goal, my family will be happy to see my medal,” said the 13year old rubbing the medal with excitement.
The two day tournament hosted by The Great Poroza (Protea) Sports Development Academy, which consists of eight teams taking part was established by GoitsemangSesinye when he saw the need to nature such talent at an early age for future players who will form part of the national team and do well considering the recent struggles BafanaBafana is facing.
Sandile Gama also founding member said the tournament is to recognise talent and groom it. “The tournament is a way of identifying and developing talent, we need to groom the kids at an early age for them to be expects in the field years to come, we hope this motivates them to never stop playing soccer and hope they see it as a way in furthering their dreams as professional players.”
The top goal scorer of the tournament went to Tiisetso ‘Mchini’ Magano who scored four goals.
Player of the tournament went to Sello ‘Jomo’ Khaila who showed great skills not only as a striker but a team player.