South Africa's U11 wins Ambassador's Cup
The Ambassador’s Cup Tournament was held on 10 May 2014 at the University of Asia & the Pacific (UA & P) sports grounds in the Philippines. Eleven Embassies participated, namely Chile, Timor Leste, South Korea, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, United States of America, Argentina and South Africa. The eleven Ambassador Teams were joined by the Philippines team making a total of 12 teams competing.
Each country had two teams, namely the Under 13 and Under 11. South Africa’s teams were headed by Father Antonio Molavin of San Ildefonso Parish in Makati. This tournament was the most exciting and getting into the Semi-Finals was easy for our Under 11 team which beat Argentina 6-0 to reach the final. However, the championship game with Timor Leste was the most exciting because it was a close match with goals being scored on a tit for tat basis and the score was a draw at full-time forcing the winner to be decided by a penalty shoot-out. The atmosphere was electric and at the end of the penalty shoot-out drama, South Africa won by 4 goals to 2. Everybody was elated including the parents who came to support the children.
SA U11 Dream Team with Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso and the Organizing Committee
However, the Embassy appreciated the assistance of two South African students studying in the Philippines, namely, Andrew Nyati and Chumani Molose who volunteered their time to educate the selected kids on the culture of South Africa while Ndjana Touna Claude Eric, a student from Cameroon volunteered to be one of the coaches making this an African collaboration. The objective of showcasing South Africa’s football culture, as a way of reaching out to the marginalized sector of the community to promote our country, was achieved. The team already knew Shakira’s 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup song which everybody sang during the bad and good times to motivate our players.
SA Team’s Top Goal Scorer of the tournament, Janil Gorre ready to block the ball during the penalty shoot-out.
The Ambassador held a victory party to thank Reverend Molavin, the Ildefonso parents, the teams and their coaches for a job well done.
Ambassador Agnes Nyamande-Pitso flanked by SA Team players in uniform, Fr. Antonio Molavin, SA Students and Team coaches.
SA Embassy Manila, Philippines