Hellenic claim Challenge honours
Posted: 26 June 2018 Time: 08:30
Hellenic FC won the 16th annual Engen Knockout Challenge with a 2-1 win over Grassy Park in the final in Parow, Cape Town on Sunday.
This year’s finalists shocked a few tournament favourites on their way to the final. Grassy Park, who made the semi-finals in their debut year in 2017, went one better by ousting highly-fancied Old Mutual 4-3 on penalties. Hellenic beat Hout Bay United 1-0 in the other semi-final.
Hellenic winger Justin Paulse scooped the Midfielder of the Tournament award, following in the footsteps of SuperSport United’s Tebogo Mokoena and Sipho Mbule. Great things are expected from the youngster, who has already caught the eye of top talent managers Rob Moore and Lance Davids.
Another player that impressed is the Engen Knockout Challenge, Cape Town Player of the Tournament Alister Charles (Grassy Park). Charles attracted interest from many scouts attending the tournament and is said to be on his way to signing for a PSL team.
The Engen Knockout Challenge moves on to Port Elizabeth (29 June – 1 July), Durban (13-15 July), Bloemfontein (20-22 July) and Johannesburg (27-29 July).
Referee of the Tournament: Bevan Hollander
Fair Play Award: Avendale Athletic
Coach of the Tournament: Neven Paine (Hellenic)
Defender of the Tournament: Raphael Georgiades (FN Rangers)
Midfielder of the Tournament: Justin Paulse (Hellenic)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Zinnodine van Rooyen (Hout Bay United)
Top goal-scorer of the Tournament: Mervin Boji (Idas Valley FC)
Player of the Tournament: Alister Charles (Grassy Park)