Free State Crowned SAB U21 Champions For Second Time

Monday, July 6th, 2015

SAB League Winners 2015 Free StateThe SAB League Finals 2015

The South African Breweries in partnership with the South African Football Association staged yet another successful SAB U21 Championship tournament. The Giant Stadium in Soshanguve played host to the 7th edition of the grand finale of South Africa’s largest development league.

Free State made history in the tournament by becoming the first team to defend the title after beating Mpumalanga on penalties following an intense 1-1 draw.  However, victory did not come easy for Free State as they had to overcome a team that was spearheaded by the tournament’s Top Goal scorer and Player of the Tournament, Siphamandla Dhlamini.

The week-long tournament saw a number of talent scouts from Premier Soccer League attending the championships, which have over the years developed a strong reputation of producing the country’s best footballers.

Speaking at the tournament, Octavius Phukubye, SAB’s Head of Enterprise Development Specialist: Corporate Affairs said that the 2015 edition of the SAB U21 Championships was a resounding success and that the SAB’s partnership with SAFA continues to reap incredible results.

“We are proud of what we have achieved through this tournament. The life skills element of the Youth Diversion has also grown and becomes a key part of the tournament that teaches youngsters about the dangers of substance abuse as well as important life skills.  We also want to thank our partners SAFA for an incredible journey of 15 years of contributing to football development” said Phukubye.

2015 SAB U21 Championships Road To The Final

Mpumalanga

  1. Free State 2 – 1 Mpumalanga
  2. Mpumalanga 2 – 1 Western Cape
  3. Mpumalanga 4 – 1 Gauteng
  4. Mpumalanga 4 – 1 Northern Cape

Free State

  1. Free State 2 – 1 Mpumalanga
  2. Gauteng 2 – 3 Free State
  3. Free State 2 – 3 Northern Cape
  4. Free State 3 – 0 Western Cape

Semi Finals

Mpumalanga 4 – 2 University Sport SA

Limpopo 0 – 2 Free States

Final: Mpumalanga (1) 1 – 1 (3) Free State

2015 SAB U21 Championships Awards Winners

Assistant Referee of the Tournament: Bafana Magagula

Referee of the Tournament: Khotso Johanne

Coach of the tournament: Litheko Marago

Top Goal Scorer of the Tournament: Siphamandla Dhlamini

Goalkeeper of the tournament: Kwanele Bidi

Player of the Tournament: Siphamandla Dhlamini

Runners Up: Mpumalanga

Winners: Free State

 

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