DEFENDING champions Ncedo High’s senior side were crowned the NMMU Soccer Charity Cup champions after defeating Newton Tech High School 3-0 in the final held at the varsity’s south campus soccer fields at the weekend.
The two-day annual event was launched by the sport management faculty in 2006 as part of a student practical learning programme and it has gone from strength to strength.
The event is organised by third-year sport management students with the aim of developing soccer in the Nelson Mandela Bay region, as well as giving back to the community
The Ncedo High A team defended the title in the under-19 division after winning the cup last year, while Victoria Park High won the u-16 division after beating Morningside High 2-1 in their final.
A total of 14 teams from seven schools took part in the 16-19 age groups in the sixth edition of the Charity Cup. The schools were Ncedo, Victoria Park, Newton Tech, Alexander Road, Morningside, Linkside and Edu-College.
Morningside striker Sakhalima Gqadji was named the top under-16 goal-scorer, with a tally of six goals, while Ncedo’s Sakhile Nkowana won the Golden Boot award in the under-19 division after scoring three goals in the event.
Third-year sport management student Mbali Mtana said the tournament was played in a good spirit with much excitement among the players.
“Some beautiful football skills were displayed all round,” Mtana said, “and some of the schools that took part in the tournament have clashed before in their inter-schools league. This was yet another chance for them to prove themselves”.
About R6000 was raised from the event, exceeding the R4000 raised by last year’s students.
The tournament’s profits will benefit the Lukhanyo Educare Centre in Booysen Park, the charity chosen by the students.