By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
In Cape Town
THE Metropolitan Under-19 Premier Cup has gone international, so seriously that a club from Namibia became the first country from outside the country to lift the title.
This after the Namibian team, Komesho which is coached former Santos player, Ricardo Mannetti beat ASD Cape Town 3-2 in a fast flowing final match played at the Erica Park in Belhar, Cape Town today to left the 2011 edition of this competition which was marking its 23rd year.
Komesho made their intensions to win this week-long tournament after having won all their matches from group stages, including the semi final match that saw them beat favourites Stars of Africa 1-0 on their way to the final match.
ASD started the game like a house on fire, but ironically it was the Namibia team that draw blood first as early as the 8th minute when Randal Gaogoseb slotted home to silence the capacity crowd. Gaogoseb braced himself mid-way through to the breake to give the Mannetti’s coached side a 2-0 lead.
The introduction Armien Khambell in the 50th minute however brought life to the ASD as the Cape side re-grouped and started to attack from all the anckles, but lady luck seemed to have deserted them.
Campell however got it right when he reduced the margin to 2-1 in the 59th minute, but that did not bother Komesho who went on to score their third goal in the 67th minute via Urikhob sadney. ASD’s Campell completed his brace in the 77th minute to make it 3-2, but it was too little too late.
The outcome however was not the true reflection of the final match as ASD who had earlier booted out crowd pullers, Ajax Cape Town out of the competition with a 4-2 victory on penalties were the best team on the day but were not lucky to convert their many scoring opportunities into goals.
For their effort, the Namibian team took home the floating trophy and 22 gold medals which goes along with a cheque of R30 000 while ASD got R15 000, a floating trophy and 22 silver medals as their consolation prize. Meanwhile Ajax Cape Town and Stars of Africa received R4 000 each for finishing in the semi finals.