This year’s Jomo Cosmos Youth Tournament came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday afternoon in Johannesburg as champions emerged in both Under17 and Under19 divisions.
Tournament hosts Jomo Cosmos were crowned Under19 kings at the end of the two-day soccer fiesta at Ezenkosi’s Springfield grounds, while Katherus Hyper Academy from Katlehong claimed the Under17 title.
Jomo Cosmos defeated Greater Soweto Academy 4-1 to win the Under19 category, with striker Goodwill Atu firing a brace to complement two other goals by Bafana Tshawe and Ghanaian youngster Issah Mohammed.
Both teams went into the break deadlocked at 1-1 after tournament top scorer Senzo Ndlovu had cancelled out Bafana Tshawe’s stunning opening goal for Ezenkosi Juniors.
But the visitors had no answer to Cosmos superior firepower after the restart, as Atu led an attacking rampage that tore Greater Soweto back line to shreds.
Cosmos Under19 Head Coach, Antonio Trigo, said the tournament afforded the coaching crew the opportunity to reassess players who passed last month’s trials.
“We were able to inject some fresh legs into the team to see how they’d fit in, and most of the players did not disappoint. It was interesting to see Goodwill Atu coming into the team for the first time and scoring two beautiful goals,” he reflected.
Meanwhile, Katherus Hyper Academy from Katlehong were crowned Under17 Champions after beating Patram Sports FC 2-0, thanks to first half goals from team captain and Player of the Tournament, Thato Kheteng, and striker Kamogelo Mputi.
Patram sneaked into the final after beating Jomo Cosmos 2-1 in a rearranged semi-final tie, following K-West Academy’s disqualification for fielding overage players. K-West had earlier qualified for the final after edging Jomo Cosmos 1-0.
ALL THE RESULTS
KATHERUS HYPER 0-1 PATRAM SPORTS (Phemelo Nonyane)
JOMO COSMOS 3-0 K-WEST ACADEMY (Onke Moletshe 2, Sphamandla Hlatshwayo)
FLOWERS FC 0-1 KATHERUS HYPER (Lungelo Dondolo)
PATRAM SPORTS 0-0 JOMO COSMOS
K-WEST ACADEMY 5-0 FLOWERS FC (Lindokuhle Gumede 2, Mtokozisi Maseko, Paddington Makombera, Mahlogonolo Madisha)
KATHERUS HYPER 0-0 JOMO COSMOS
PATRAM SPORTS 1-0 FLOWERS FC (Thato Nkga)
K-WEST ACADEMY 2-2 KATHERUS HYPER (Gumede, Maseko/Aphendule Temaka, Thato Ramalesi)
JOMO COSMOS 3-0 FLOWERS FC (Lindokuhle Hadebe, Prince Mahlatlome, Nhlanhla Sibeko-pen)
PATRAM SPORTS 1-0 K-WEST ACADEMY(Alex Miya)
*Patram, Cosmos, Hyper and K-West qualify for Semi-finals
PATRAM SPORTS 3-4 KATHERUS HYPER (Phemelo Nonyane, Thapelo Mphela, Tumela Mabedu/
JOMO COSMOS 0-1 K-WEST ACADEMY (Mtokozisi Maseko-pen)
*K-West disqualified for age discrepancies.
PATRAM SPORTS 2-1 JOMO COSMOS (Phemelo Nonyane 2)
KATHERUS HYPER 2-0 PATRAM SPORTS (Thato Kheteng, Kamogelo Mputi)
MANCHESTER FC 0-3 SOCCERINO FC (BonginkosiNkonyene 2, SaneleKubheka)
PATRAM SPORTS 2-1 SOWETO ALL-STARS (LitaboMathaba, Elvis Machoga/Ngqaba)
SOCCERINO FC 0-2 PATRAM SPORTS (ThapeloMphela, Thalente Nene)
SOWETO ALL-STARS 0-2 MANCHESTER FC (TsepoHobyane, Kamogelo Gobo)
SOCCERINO FC 1-0 SOWETO ALL-STARS (ThamsanqaMkhaliphi)
MANCHESTER FC 0-0 PATRAM SPORTS
*Patram Sports and Soccerino qualify for semi-finals
JOMO COSMOS 2-0 TSHWANE UNITED (SimingayeQumbisa 2)
GREATER SOWETO 5-0 MAGOGONG UNITED (SenzoNdlovu 2, MfanfikileMlaba 2, SiboneloGumede)
JOMO COSMOS 2-2 GREATER SOWETO (SimingayeQumbisa, PhenyoJabana/Sifiso Luthuli, LindokuhleGwala)
TSHWANE UNITED 0-0 MAGOGONG UNITED
MAGOGONG UNITED 0-3 JOMO COSMOS (MphoMlangeni, Issah Mohammed, OnkeMoletshe)
GREATER SOWETO 7-0 TSHWANE UNITED (Hadebe 3, Senzo Ndlovu 2, Mfanfikile Mlaba 2)
*Greater Soweto and Jomo Cosmos qualify for semi-finals
PATRAM SPORTS 0-1 JOMO COSMOS (Onke Moletshe)
GREATER SOWETO 2-0 SOCCERINO FC (Senzo Ndlovu, Mfanfikile Mlaba)
JOMO COSMOS 4-1 GREATER SOWETO (Bafana Tshawe, Goodwill Atu 2, Issah Mohammed/Senzo Ndlovu)