Cos­mos lift tro­phy in youth tour­na­ment

Ne­mato young­sters show off their skills at Walther Matthews

Talk of the Town - - Grahams Town Festival City - ROB KNOWLES

THE youth of Ne­mato had an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to show off their foot­ball tal­ents in the Youth Day Soc­cer Tour­na­ment, held at the Walther Matthews Sta­dium in the town­ship on Youth Day, June 16.

Un­for­tu­nately, only four of the 16 U15 teams in­vited to the tour­na­ment com­peted, event or­gan­iser, Xolani Gu­menge said.

“It is a shame that so few teams par­tic­i­pated in the tour­na­ment,” he said.

“Still, we have started some­thing we are hop­ing will be­come an an­nual event.”

The four teams that par­tic­i­pated in the tour­na­ment were host team, Cos­mos Foot­ball Club, along with Pubs FC, Ro­mans FC and Tigers FC from Bathurst.

Each team played two games on point sys­tem, and the two top teams pro­ceeded to the fi­nal. In the first round of games, Ro­mans beat Pubs 1-0, Tigers were beaten 2-0 by Cos­mos. In a high-scor­ing game, Pubs beat Tigers 5-3. Cos­mos then played to a 1-all draw with Ro­mans.

Cos­mos and Ro­mans then played in the tour­na­ment fi­nal, where Cos­mos won 2-1 and lifted the tro­phy.

“We will be do­ing more ad­ver­tis­ing for next year’s tour­na­ment,” Gu­menge said.

“But we ran this year’s tour­na­ment out of our own pock­ets. Next year we will be look­ing for spon­sor­ship.”

WIN­NER TAKES ALL: The mem­bers of Cos­mos FC U15 side with some of their sup­port­ers fol­low­ing their win at the Ne­mato Youth Day Soc­cer Tour­na­ment, held in the town­ship on Youth Day

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