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SA Under-17s crowned champs

The South African Under-17 women’s team were crowned the inaugural FNB Lucas Radebe Football Festival African girls champions on Thursday.

The football fest has been ongoing at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) ÔÇô Soweto Campus since Monday and comes to an end on Friday.

Bantwana achieved the champion status after beating neighbours Namibia 3-0 in the final round robin match which was a decider based on points accumulated. South Africa’s first goal came from rookie Gabriela Salgado’s stunning free kick in the ninth minute for a half time lead.

Nomvula Kgoale┬ágrabbed the second goal in the 63rd minute. Holofelang Manyama scored South Africa’s third in the 69th, ensuring victory for the hosts and a perfect record for the young South African girls. They finished the tournament without conceding a goal while scoring eight in the process.

Earlier in the day, the tournament’s development side saw the girls from Thohoyandou continue their fine form when they defeated George 5-0 and Pietermaritzburg went down 1-2 to Kimberley.

The boys from Thohoyandou continued where the girls left off, getting their first win of the tournament when they registered a 3-0 win over George, while Pietermaritzburg won 3-1against Kimberley to ensure pole position at the end of Day Four.

The tournament ends on Friday when the development teams play their last fixtures to determine the champions in their respective groups and categories. The much anticipated final international match between the South African Under-17 boys team and Namibia’s national Under-17 side will also be played.