Young stars

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - Tyler Roodt

THE Cape Town Mini Soc­cer School’s un­der 10 team will be cel­e­brat­ing for a long time af­ter bring­ing home a tro­phy from Dubai.

Last week, the young foot­ballers were vic­to­ri­ous against teams from all over the world in one of the big­gest youth foot­ball tour­na­ments, the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Su­per Cup.

On the fi­nal day of the com­pe­ti­tion, they faced the PSG Beirut Academy un­der 10 team, and eased their way to a 2-0 win.

Naadir Hodg­son, the team man­ager said: “Mini Soc­cer re­ceived a in­vi­ta­tion from Sim Sports In­ter­na­tional to par­tic­i­pate in the tour­na­ment.

“Five teams from South Africa were in­vited this year’s tour­na­ment across the var­i­ous age group cat­e­gories.

“The Mini Soc­cer School was the only

African team to win a cup fi­nal.”

Hodg­son was beam­ing with pride at the team’s per­for­mance, and said that over the course of the tour­na­ment, they had scored 29 goals, while con­ced­ing only four.

“I think they ex­celled con­sid­er­ing the op­po­si­tion they faced in, among oth­ers, the Ronald­inho Academy, the Arse­nal Academy and the PSG Academy.”

Ar­guably the most valu­able player of the Mini Soc­cer School was 9-year-old striker Ab­dul Mu’izz Nortje from Re­treat, who said: “It was very, very hot with long grass and a heavy ball, but we were very fit and win­ning the cup made all our prepa­ra­tion worth­while.”

Nortje scored 17 goals through­out the tour­na­ment, as well as both the win­ning goals in the fi­nal match.

Mid­fielder Salegh Nor­dien, 9, from Schaap­kraal said: “It was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to be cho­sen to play over­seas and rep­re­sent Mini Soc­cer and South Africa and to meet other play­ers from dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

“I en­joyed my­self very much and can­not wait for the next op­por­tu­nity.”

For­ward Liam Reed, 8, from Park­lands, said: “The tour­na­ment was loads of fun and I en­joyed play­ing all the dif­fer­ent teams.”

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