The stadium was filled with excitement when five (5) clubs received brand new soccer kits during the prize giving of Vumbuka Trust Cup 2018 at Mandla Magudulela Stadium, Thandukukhanya on Sunday 02 September 2018. The clubs were awarded the kits after the finals as part of the prizes for winning the cup final in all five (5) divisions.
The big winners of the 6th edition of the biggest cup competition in the Gert Sibande Region was Flymingo United FC development teams coached by Thokozani TK Hlatshwayo. The club won in the under 13 and senior divisions taking two brand new soccer jerseys, two trophies and gold medals. Flymingo United FC scored four (4) goals in the second half against Wilverdiend Stars FC to lift the under 13 trophy for the first time. The under 19 side plays with a different name, Total Football United FC. They played in the final against bitter rivals PR Barcelona FC and managed to beat them 1-0 to become the 2018 champions of Vumbuka Trust Cup. It is the first club to win the cup twice in the 6 years since the cup tournament was launched.
The club won the tournament in 2015 defeating Tiger Boys FC 2-1 in that year’s final when club was still known as Flymingo United FC. The coach Thokozani TK Hlatshwayo changed the name of the club after winning the cup and went on to win the league but lost at the Mkhondo Promotional Playoffs of the 2015/16 season. The ladies division had four teams who entered. Moleko Stars FC from Mabola defeated Dube United Ladies FC 4-2 on penalties to reach the final. Hintalo Stars FC won via a walkover against Losta Stars Ladies FC after the latter failed to produce playing cards. The final was as entertaining as all other ladies finals from previous years. Hintalo Stars player and birthday girl Qiniso played wonderful entertaining football displaying skills that most boys cannot do. She gave herself a lekker birthday present scoring all 3 winning goals to help her team to a 3-0 win. Hintalo Stars FC won Vumbuka Trust Cup for the first time.
“I will play against them but I cannot trust this man. He must just make sure he does not field over age players,”
PR Barcelona FC under 15 division also won the cup for the first time via a 3-1 win over Mangosuthu Cosmos FC. It was a huge relief for PR Barcelona coach DJ Mshololo in winning the kit. The club failed at the last stage against Citizen FC last year losing out on a kit for the young stars. The club has not bought a jersey with cash in years. Ironically they defeated a newly formed club with no kit of their own. The kit used in the final by Mangosuthu Cosmos FC was bought on credit from Citizen FC.
The under 17 final match did not play after PR Barcelona FC failed to produce playing cards for their players. It was the only setback in a day which was filled with beautiful football and entertainment. The club claimed to have lost their under 15 and under 17 cards but others suspected the club was playing mind games. “I will play against them but I cannot trust this man. He must just make sure he does not field over age players,” said Mr Khura Manana of Cosmos. Citizen FC had agreed to play against PR Barcelona in the final but changed their mind when they saw PR Barcelona fielding over age players.
Citizen FC became champions of the under 17 division for the second time after they won it back in 2015. The club coached by respected development coach Mr Sandile ‘Msandi” Kunene has the most titles in the junior divisions with five in total since the tournament began in 2013.
The 2018 edition had the most number of matches played in four weeks. The junior divisions played 39 matches, ladies played three and 31 matches played in the senior division. The trustees of Vumbuka Trust represented by Miss Thuli Ndimande and board chairperson Mrs J Mokorosi were present. They were joined by Inkosi TB Mthethwa of Amadabukela Traditional Authority during the prize giving. They presented the prizes which included trophies, medals, playing kits, training equipment and match balls to the clubs.
R5000 cash went to senior boys champions Total Football United FC. Runners up PR Barcelona walked away with R2000. The 3rd and 4th position teams each got R500. The champions in the ladies division Hintalo Stars FC received R2000 with the runners up Moleko Stars FC pocketing R1000. The junior divisions did not receive cash prizes as per the rules of Mkhondo Local Football Association. The clubs will now begin the Thandukukhanya Promotion League 2018/2019 season this coming weekend on 08&09 September 2018.