Alex games a fun soccer feast
Teams from Mpumalanga and Vosloorus raked in the money in Alexandra township on Sunday – pocketing more than R150 000 at the Alexandra El-Classico games.
Just after the Vosloorus team, Silver Spears, pipped Alexandra Ladies in the ladies’ final to win R25 000, Mpumalanga’s Sun City Classic defeated the Alexandrabased JT Black Stars, also known as the Guptas – and secured the R130 000 first prize.
Alexandra Stadium was the place to be as the curtain came down on the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games, which were embraced by both young and old. Known for its kasi flavour and style, this year’s tournament was not short entertainment.
Led by a completely blind coach, Bongani Ntombela, Spears stunned the home-crowd favourites, Alexandra Ladies Football Club, on penalties to secure the women’s final.
Then 11-year-old Lesego Nkosi stole the limelight when officiating in the Under-12 final between Malandela Heroes and Real Madrid ( Former Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows star midfielder Jabulani Mendu wrapped up proceedings by leading his team, Sun City Classic, to the first prize.
Mendu was not supposed to be on the bench after receiving his marching orders the day before.
But he defied the orders as he paced up and down between the technical area and the grandstand.
He became agitated after his midfielder, Vukile Mngqibisa, who plays for PSL side Polokwane City, was red-carded in the first half.
But that counted for naught as his team triumphed over the JT Black Stars and went home victorious with the R80 000 second prize.
CULPRIT Polokwane City midfielder Vukile Mngqibisa (left) was sent off in the final of the Alexandra El-Classico games
WINNING TOUCH Coach Jabulani Mendu inspires his