The Golden Oldies Football Association hosted a very successful Over 50 KO Cup on Saturday,14 September at the Sirpath Road Grounds.
Sixteen teams from various parts of KZN participated in the popular soccer gala.
“The matches were very competitive and it was a pleasure to watch our senior citizens display an excellent brand of football. A large number of ex-professional players were in action and it was amazing that they were still able to produce some outstanding skills and pace,” said Ronnie Moodley, programme director.
The Runganathan brothers (Neil and Bree), Rufus Oakes, Zane Edries, Ace Mafa, Gursen Arroe, Pro Moodley, Joel Faya, Chandran Pillay and a host of other former professionals gave a good account of themselves.
Two-time winners, Durban Central and the 2018 winners, Chatsworth and District were knocked out in the semi-finals. Favourites, Midlands and Newlands lost out narrowly when they were eliminated on penalty shootouts in the quarter and semi-finals respectively.
The finals of the Winners section between Reservoir Hills and Ladysmith Legends was a real humdinger, with the ball moving from one end to the other.
Ladysmith emerged winners after a hard fought game in which they were able to outdo Reservoir Hills with their pace and skills. In the Plate section, Osizini Legends managed to beat the Mighty Kwa- Mashu on penalty shootout.
The day ended off with a presentation of awards. Chatsworth and Districts received the coveted League Cup and the Merewent Legends received the Team of the Year Award.
Mike Ramnarain was honoured with the Player of the Year trophy, whilst Mike Williams of Midlands Legends received the Highest Goalscorer Award. Sandile Hlatswayo, goalkeeper of Ladysmith took the Cleansheet Goalkeeper Award. Morgan Govender, the Records Clerk complimented the teams for their excellent performance, cooperation and outstanding display of sportsmanship and cameraderie.