Signs point to bumper Charity Cup
Mopani district municipality's executive mayor Humphrey Mokgobi believes the high volume of spectators at NkowaNkowa stadium last Saturday was a clear indication that this season's Charity Cup tournament would benefit more local charity organisations.
The local community came out in large numbers to watch two of their amateur sides, Tiyani Shining Stars and Thomo Dynaros against Tshwane Premiership giants Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United.
Tefera Fikru of United single-handedly beat Sundowns 2-0 in the final, thus assisting his side to defend the title.
"We are confident that more than 20 charity organisations will benefit from this year's Charity Cup. We hope that the amount will be even more during the gala dinner in two weeks' time. We expect the money to be more than R500000," Mokgobi said.
In the opening match Sundowns came from a goal down to beat Dynaros 4-1. In the second encounter United went on the rampage when they walloped the helpless Stars 7-2, Fikru scored a hat trick, with Brent Carelse scoring a brace, while Noah Chivuta and Anthony Laffor scored a goal each.
Morris Nkuna scored Stars' consolation goals.
Sundowns brought on a totally new team in the final while United brought in nine fresh players.
The two sides failed to score in the first stanza as they squandered numerous opportunities, while United were also denied by keeper Brian Baloyi's acrobatic saves.
But Fikru relegated Baloyi to a ball boy when he beat him through a shibobo to score the first goal in the 53rd minute and completed his brace 12 minutes later.
Fikru went home with the top goal scorer prize for his five goals and player of the tournament award, while his team received R 100 000.
"We were punished for the defensive blunders that we conceded in the second half," Trott Moloto, Sundowns' coach, said.
His counterpart at United, Gavin Hunt expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance.