Mamelodi Sundowns U-17 side give good account of themselves in Japan
Posted: 20 September 2016 Time: 17:03
Mamelodi Sundowns Under-17 team once again did the country proud with their exploits abroad as they ended runners-up at the International Challenge Cup tournament in Osaka, Japan over the weekend.
This great display in Asia comes a month after the team turned heads in China when they won the prestigious Gothia Cup.
The tournament this past weekend was staged by the Japan Professional Football League (J-League) and the young Brazilians made light work of their opponents early on.
However, fatigue and jet lag eventually put pay to their ambitions of claiming a second consecutive international title and they had to content themselves with second place in the 10-team tournament.
Having scored 20 goals at the Gothia Cup the Sundowns youngsters showed the same attacking verve this time around as they recorded an admirable 19 goals over the course of the three days.
Godfrey Sepula's men were also miserly in defence as they won their opening six games, only shipping two goals in the process.
Unfortunately they could not carry that momentum into the final day as they lost 1-0 to Mtsumoto and then 2-0 to eventual champions Ulsan.
A mammoth 6-1 win over Tokyo FC, a 5-1 demolition of Kyoto and a 4-0 drubbing of Tochigi will stand out for the boys following a memorable time in Japan.
Notha Ngcobo, whose excellent displays at U-17 level earned him a spot in Sundowns' MDC side for their opener against Pirates, was the side's top scorer with an impressive eight goals.