Tumelo Waga Dibakwane
DISTRACTION Boys FC from Marite in Bushbuckridge won the Squeeza Top 8 Tournament held in Mathibela Stadium over the weekend.
The Boys lifted the trophy after beating the Marongwane based Rollers FC by 1-0.
The champions showed no mercy from the beginning of the tournament when they won all the first legs of the tournament on a clean slate.
During the finals on Sunday afternoon, the Boys kept their opponents running for the ball for almost the entire first half.
The host side’s (The Boys) leading goal scorer, Paris Matsane, scored the only goal of the match in the 16th minute of the match when he dribbled through his opponent’s defence and put the ball in the net.
In the 43th minute of the first half, Rollers striker Mandis Matsane was left unmarked in the middle of the field, but his long range attempt failed to be converted when the ball went wide due to the strong wind.
Home team striker Tshepiso Mokeona was denied scoring twice by his rival goalkeeper. This angered his coach who immediately replaced him with Wonder Mathebula, who was invisible on the pitch until the final whistle.
The tournament was sponsored by the soft drink manufacturer, Squeezer, to thank the communities that have been supporting their brand over the past years.
Squeezer’s Marketing Manager, Steven Mashabane, said the company decided to host the tournament because it believed that sport brought people together. The competition saw eight teams from Marite displaying their talents.
The winner of the tournament walked away with complete soccer gear, the winning trophy, gold medals and a cash prize of R2500. The second prize was R1500, soccer gear and silver medals, while all the supporters received soft drinks for free.
“We have realised that we have lots of support from the rural areas and we felt obliged to do something for them, so we decided to organise the tournament. We will be visiting all the communities in Mpumalanga to organise similar tournaments and giving free drinks to the locals,” Mashabane said.