The football stars of tomorrow lived up to expectation with beautiful individual performances from start to finish at the recently held inaugural tournament named after Dumsani Msibi the number one shot stopper of Glad Africa Championship side AmaTuks FC. Dumsani Msibi U/21 Annual Tournament was won by Junior United FC after beating PR Wanderers FC 3-1 in the deciding final game played at Masenkeni Stadium on Sunday 27 June 2021. Earlier the would-be champions had walloped Khumalo Stars FC 5-0, their runners up had won 2-0 against the same team.
The inaugural tournament with eighteen (18) teams began playing on Youth Day 16 June 2021 featuring all teams from the Mkhondo Local Municipality jurisdiction area. Due to a 'stand-by' the final day had three (3) teams which played a mini round robin of two matches per team leading to the final match decider between Junior United vs PR Wanderers. Junior United FC scored three (3) hot goals in three minutes coming from a goal down to beat PR Wanderers FC 3-1 in the final match decider where they needed just a draw to win the tournament. PR Wanderers had drawn first blood by getting the much needed goal late in the first half through well taken goal by 16 year old Choppa. The match went into half time at 1-0 to PR Wanderers.
The game left PR Wanderers young keeper Magutshwa (17) in tears after the final whistle, he blamed himself for the loss particularly the 2nd goal his team conceded.
The 2nd half started and finished at high pace with both teams showing hunger for a win but Junior United was more aggressive especially in front. Junior United applied pressure on their opponents’ defence which was solid until it was bulldozed in 30th minute of 2nd half by the ‘left n right’ hitter Ngcebo Kunene who unleashed a powerful shot with his left foot to beat Magutshwa on goal sending the Nkonjaneni fans into wild celebrations.
Needing just a draw to take it home one would have thought that Junior United would relax and park the bus. PR Wanderers keeper Magutshwa felt into a voluntary trap of thinking Junior United had finished scoring, he left his goal to try play fancy passes outside the box but was dispossessed by Mzwandi Phakathi who passed the empty net to make it 2-1. A minute later Junior United capitalised on another defensive blunder by PR Wanderers defence giving player of the tournament Qomu Sangweni space on the box who dribbled before laying the ball to Ngcebo to score his second goal this time with his right foot taking the score to 3-1 sending Junior United into celebrations.
The game left PR Wanderers young keeper Magutshwa (17) in tears after the final whistle, he blamed himself for the loss particularly the 2nd goal his team conceded. The player was comforted by his coach Nkosinathi Dlamini and teammates.
The champions Junior United FC were happy to walk away with a trophy, gold medals and R2500 cash. The runners up PR Wanderers FC received silver medals and R1500 cash while the 3rd placed team Khumalo Stars FC received R500 cash. In the individual awards Junior United scooped everything that was on offer. The team shot stopper Mandla Langa won the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award. Mandla (18) kept a clean sheet in three matches out of four played. The captain Qomu Sangweni won Player of The Tournament and scored more goals to become Top Scorer of the tournament.