Woolhope beat hosts VP in penalty shootout

CLOSE WATCH: Luvo Konzana, of Linkside High, right, tries to control possession as he is challenged by Victoria Park High’s Dane Stroebel, middle, and Aseza Mati at the VP soccer tournament at the weekend. Picture by: MIKE HOLMES
CLOSE WATCH: Luvo Konzana, of Linkside High, right, tries to control possession as he is challenged by Victoria Park High’s Dane Stroebel, middle, and Aseza Mati at the VP soccer tournament at the weekend. Picture by: MIKE HOLMES

NEW champions were crowned as a Port Elizabeth school clinched their first VP Powerade Soccer Challenge title at the Dave Weinronk Sports Complex yesterday.

In a show of force, Woolhope Secondary School’s under-19 boys team lifted the title by beating last year’s winners, Victoria Park, at the annual tournament held at the weekend.

The tournament, now in its 12th year, has seen the field grow from eight teams to 34 across three divisions this year.

The Woolhopians, playing in their first tournament, only lost one game in the round-robin stage, before ousting VP 3-2 on penalties in the final.

“We entered the tournament as underdogs. However, on Sunday our guys went on the field and did what the coach [Mark de Kock] taught them,” Woolhope soccer manager Shaheeda Kafaar said.

“We would like to say thank you to VP for inviting us. It really was a magnificent experience,” he said. Brebner High finished third. Three other trophies were up for grabs in the U19 category. The plate trophy was won by Strelitzia High, while Sanctor High lifted the bowl trophy and Woodridge won the shield trophy.

Individual awards were handed out in each division.

In the U19 boys section, the player of the tournament and top-scorer awards went to VP’s Yonela Mkele with five goals, while Woolhope’s Yazeed Ismail took the goalkeeper of the tournament award.

-Amir Chetty

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