Pirates win Gauteng Future Champs title

Orlando Pirates became the first ever South African winners of the Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament when they edged Russian visitors FC Spartak 8-7 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the final at Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto on Saturday, 30 March 2019.

It brought to an end a magnificent six days of action, where some of the top young players in the world competed for the prestigious Under-17 prize.

Pirates took the lead in a tense decider through Thabani Gumede, when he turned home the loose ball after Spartak failed to clear.But the visitors hit back in the second period when leading scorer Magomedemin Rabadanov headed home a cross, to send the game to penalties.

Clube Brugge secured the bronze medal when they edged SAFA Gauteng 2-1 in the third-place play-off, with Samuel Mbangula and Ben van Lommel on target for last years’ winners.Mexican side Club Tijuana, who were winners in 2013, finished fifth after they beat Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in their play-off match.

RCD Espanyol took seventh place after a hard-fought victory over Highlands Park in a penalty shoot-out.

Bidvest Wits took ninth place when they beat Italian outfit Reggio Audace, with Motihalosi Nare, Siphesihle Maseko and Daanyaal Daya finding the back of the net, the later taking his tally for the competition to three.