Arsenal see off SA to win Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament

Arsenal see off SA to win Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament

Arsenal were for the second year running crowned the champions of the annual Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament after defeating the SA U19 team in Saturday’s final.

In their final against Arsenal at King Zwelithini Stadium, SA maintained possession of the game in the first half as Kabelo Kodisang and Khanyisa Mayo, who finished as the tournament’s top goal scorer with six goals, attempted multiple shots on target against the not-so-easily penetrated Arsenal defence.

But possession wasn’t enough for SA as they eventually lost.

The third place playoff ended with Sporting Lisbon taking the bronze medal.

They took the lead in the game when Leão shot through with a neat finish in the 13th minute.

The team again had the ball in the net shortly afterwards at the 20th minute when Franco managed to sneak past the TP Mazembe goalkeeper Mubobo.

Tournament organiser Carlos Catalino said: “The Durban Under-19 International tournament has evidently grown in leaps and bounds since its inception three years ago.

“The development of football that has come from this tournament is absolutely exciting. We have seen PSL stars being created from our grounds and players who have set world records with the likes of Renato Sanches, who once played in the tournament.”

The tourney is a partnership between the SA Football Association, KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and Ethekwini Municipality.

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