The 2016 edition of the Durban Under 19 International Football Tournament got of to a cracking start and a packed King Zwelithini Stadium erupted with delight when the host KZN Academy XI trounced the defending champions Arsenal FC by 2-1. The defending champions were the first to score and a take a lead with a beautiful goal from Stephen Mavididi in the 35th minute of the first half.  The KZN side could have levelled the score in the 45th minute but Romario Morris was denied an opportunity to score a penalty by Arsenal’s goalkeeper Hugo Keto brilliant double save.

The second half was the game of two halves with both teams playing  attacking football  and it wasn’t for long before Sphephelo Sithole levelled the score in the 77thminute and in the in the 80th minute Sibusiso Magaqa responded with a second goal that secured  KZN Academy XI 3 points and they are currently leading  Group A.

Earlier, in the day another KZN side Lamontville Golden Arrows lived up to the crowed expectations when they played a goalless draw with Sporting Lisbon in the opening encounter of group A.  Although both teams failed to produce goals but they treated spectators to beautiful football.

Tomorrow, 29/07/16, the tournament moves to Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont for the much anticipated Group B encounter. The Congolese giants, TP Mazembe will take on Fluminense FC of Brazil at 14h15 and South African National Under 19 will face Rangers FC of Scotland at 16h30.

GROUP A SCORE

Lamontville Golden Arrows 0 -0 Sporting Lisbon (Man of the Match Mkhululi Ncube)

KZN Academy XI 2 – 1 Arsenal (Man of the Match Sibusiso Magaqa)

NB Arsenal FC will tomorrow, 29/07/16 visit Umkhumbane High School at Chesterville Extension 1 as part of the tournament’s social responsibility programme at 10h00 am. Members of the media are invite to cover the programme.