New Engen KO champion for PE


The event was organised by Glenville FC at the Errol Haynes field in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth.

Sixteen teams from across the Nelson Mandela Metro including one from Thornhill battled it out for the ultimate prize, to be crowned the first ever Engen Champion of Champions in Gauteng later this year.

Over the weekend the 16 teams were divided into four groups and played a round robin before the knockout stage.

On their way to the final, PE Sundowns finished at the top of Group B and survived two heart-stopping penalty shootouts in the knockout stage.

In the quarter-finals they beat hosts Glenville 6-5 in a sudden-death shootout after being 0-0 at the end of regulation time. In the semis they edged out Hotspurs 5-4 on penalties after the tie ended 1-1.

St Georges - who finished second in Group B - beat City Lads and Zwide Pirates, both by a scoreline of 1-0 to secure their place in the final.

The quarter-final defeat was a huge disappointment for Lads who had never finished below the semifinals since the inception of the tournament 11 years ago.

Meanwhile defending champions Victoria Park High failed to make it past the group stage.

In the final, Sundowns held on to an early strike by Zusake Sale to earn the right to represent the Eastern Cape in the national Champions of Champions competition.

However St Georges did not go down without a fight and were unlucky not to force the game into extra-time at least. With time running out they had Sundowns on the back foot but failed to deliver the killer punch

In the play-offs for third place, Hotspurs again lost on penalties, going down 5-4 to Zwide Pirates after being 0-0 at the end.

To crown an excellent weekend for Sundowns, their goalkeeper Sive Gqezengle won both the goalkeeper of the tournament and player of the tournament awards, while Masixole Matyu was voted Coach of the tournament.

"Despite some early challenges when we had to expel one of the players for being over age, it was an excellent weekend," chairman of the host club Victor Burton said.

"Our team of volunteers pulled out all the stops to make the tournament a success and we look forward to hosting the tournament for the seventh consecutive year next year."

"The tournament was an excellent advertisement for what a community event should be," Group Sponsorship Manager for Engen, Brad Bergh, said.

"The organisers made us proud to be associated with the event - Victor (Burton) and his team did Port Elizabeth proud."

Special awards:

Top Goalscorer - Mvelo Siwa (City Lads)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament - Sive Gqezengele (PE Sundowns)

Best Defender - Nathaniel Rensburg (Hotspurs)

Best Striker - Bandile Skosana (St Georges)

Best Midfielder - Sachin Philander (Glenville)

Player of the tournament - Sive Gqezengele (PE Sundowns)

Coach of the Tournament - Masixole Matyu (PE Sundowns)

Team of the Tournament - Area Q (Walmer)


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