Hon­ours for Mqan­duli United FC

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Mqan­duli United Foot­ball Club from OR Tambo claimed 2018’s Ned­bank Cup af­ter beat­ing Black Pool from Amath­ole 6-1 at the Dumpy Adams Sports Grounds on Sun­day.

Val­gas FC, which rep­re­sented Chris Hani in the league, lost their match against Black Pool by 2-0 in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Young Chal­lengers from Al­fred Nzo had also formed part of the afore­men­tioned Group B team se­lec­tion.

Roar­ing Tigers from Nel­son Man­dela Bay, Rel­a­tives FC from Buf­falo City Metro, Bush Pi­rates from Sarah Baart­man and Bell Ringers from Joe Gqabi com­peted in Group A.

Mqan­duli FC coach Them­be­lani Mthwa said, “We are happy to have won, but we will have to re­turn to the draw­ing board.”

Mthwa said the team’s at­tempts to get into the league play-offs had failed for three con­sec­u­tive sea­sons.

Black Pool coach Mce­bisi Ma­matu said, “Foot­ball is a dy­namic sport. Un­for­tu­nately when we plan, our op­po­nents also plan. I am proud of my boys.”

Safa pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Isaac Klaas said, “We are happy with Safa Chris Hani’s host­ing of the tour­na­ment – they did a good job.”

Klaas said the ex­tremely hot weather con­di­tions had been the only prob­lem.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to Mqan­duli United. Their next match is in Novem­ber against Tor­nado FC at the Mthatha Sta­dium,” he added.

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STAR PER­FOR­MANCE: Mqan­duli United FC from OR Tambo claimed 2018’s Ned­bank Cup fi­nal

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