Alex games a fun soc­cer feast

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za see be­low).

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.

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CUL­PRIT Polok­wane City midfielder Vuk­ile Mngqibisa (left) was sent off in the fi­nal of the Alexan­dra El-Clas­sico games

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