Tunisia crowned COPA champions

The North Africans showed a lot of steel by coming from 3-0 down to take the game to penalties where they held their nerve to win in sudden death.

The five-a-side tournament was a three-day event for U-15 boys and girls' teams, held at Durban's North Beach. It was established in 1989 in Zimbabwe.

Two South African boys' sides, which were coached by Jabulani Mendu and Simba Marumo, finished third and fourth in the tournament. Mendu's team beat Marumo's to the bronze medal.

However, local representative KZN Provincial 1 Girls were not going to be denied the gold as they won showed utter dominance from the group stages and ended the tournament by outclassing Zimbabwe Girls 6-2 in the final.

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Individuals were recognised for their efforts at a function last night.

Boys' awards:

Ben Hamida Amen Allah (Player of the Tournament, Tunisia)

Bejaoui Mhamed Aziz (Goalkeeper of the Tournament, Tunisia)

Top Goal Scorers of the Tournament with 12 goals each:

Katlego Tsotetsi (South Africa Team 1)

Bongani Mabuza (South Africa Team 2)

Lovey Dlamini (South Africa Team 2)

Ben Hamida Amen Allah (Tunisia)

Girls' Awards:

Sinamile Mkhwanazi (Player of the Tournament (KwaZulu-Natal)

Meggan Coreejes (Goalkeeper of the Tournament (KwaZulu-Natal)

Sinamile Mkhwanazi (Top Goal Scorer of the Tournament with 10 goals)