Foot­ball leg­end re­mem­bered at fi­nals

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THE foot­ball fra­ter­nity paid tribute to a leg­end of Chatsworth foot­ball when the Ravi Govender Memo­rial Ju­nior KO Cup fi­nals were held at the Road 1016 grounds re­cently.

Govender was one of the best goal­keep­ers of his era, hav­ing played in the pro­fes­sional ranks with Man­ning Rangers, Ton­gaat Cru­saders and Mar­itzburg United dur­ing the 1970s and 1980s, af­ter he started with Kingston FC.

“He proved to be a ‘keeper who would have com­fort­ably held his own in any league in the world had such op­por­tu­ni­ties been avail­able in his time,” said his brother, Jace Govender, who also serves as Safa Chatsworth pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer.

“Ravi had a deep pas­sion for the de­vel­op­ment of the game and had a gift for work­ing with young play­ers, and so it was fit­ting that the tour­na­ment bear­ing his name proved to be a re­sound­ing suc­cess. It will be an an­nual event.”

In the fi­nals, Moor­cross Sport­ing took the un­der-13 hon­ours. With Thando Ng­wenya in bright form, Sport­ing beat Bayview United 2-0.

In the un­der-15 fi­nal, Haven­side Sport­ing beat Mead­ford Sport­ing 3-0 to main­tain their fine sea­son. The un­der-11 fi­nal be­tween Dimes United and Man­ning Rangers was a close-fought af­fair.

The ris­ing star of Dimes, An­gelo Naidoo, caught the eye with his fine per­for­mances and scored the only goal of the game.

The un­der-7 fi­nal, the most an­tic­i­pated game of the day, re­sulted in a 2-0 win for Sum­mer­field Dy­namos against Dimes United, with sharp shooter Quin­ton Scrin­nger bag­ging a brace.

Sum­mer­field un­der- 9 matched their un­der- 7 coun­ter­parts by win­ning their fi­nal against Man­ning Rangers with a soli­tary goal from Ju­nior Ndlovu.

In the un­der-17 fi­nal Joshua Pather, named player of the tour­na­ment, helped Bayview United to a 2-0 win over a gutsy Cross­moor Cru­saders team.

Pather was prov­ing to be one of the most ex­cit­ing prospects to come out of Chatsworth in a long time, said Govender. “He turned in a scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mance, which proved to be the dif­fer­ence against the well-drilled Cross­moor Cru­saders team.”

Safa Chatsworth chair­man Spinx Kup­pen was ex­cited about the qual­ity on show.

“The stan­dard and pas­sion shown by clubs and their play­ers was truly in­spir­ing and we are con­fi­dent that our ju­nior struc­ture will ul­ti­mately yield play­ers for the pro­fes­sional ranks. It’s fit­ting that this tour­na­ment has had such a pos­i­tive ef­fect on our chil­dren, as this was al­ways the aim of the late Ravi Govender,” added Kup­pen.

He thanked Govender’s fam­ily for their spon­sor­ship and the Safa Chatsworth team for their or­gan­i­sa­tion of the event.

Ac­tion from the Ravi Govender Memo­rial Ju­nior KO Cup un­der7 fi­nal be­tween Dimes United and Sum­mer­field Dy­namos which was won 2-0 by Sum­mer­field in Chatsworth re­cently.

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