ENGLAND’s Arsenal FC were for the second year in a row crowned the ultimate champions of the 3rd annual Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament after defeating the Nation’s SA under-19 team 3-1 in the final at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi KZN on Saturday.
European club Sporting Lisbon FC successfully claimed third place in the tournament with a 5-1 victory over Congo DRC’s TP Mazembe who fought a good fight to not only get to the play-offs but also throughout the tournament.
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 Renate Sanches who once played in the tournament.
The national teams have also shown improvement from the 1st year when they were knocked out in the group stages, in 2015 they made it to the semi-finals and this year sees them in the final, it can only mean great things for 2017.” – ANA