Free state crowned SAB U21 Champions for second time

Free State winners of the 2015 SAB U21 Championships match between Mpumalanga and Free State at the Giant Stadiume in Pretoria, South Africa on July 04, 2015 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
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The South African Breweries in partnership with the South African Football Association staged yet another successful SAB U21 Championship tournament. The Giant Stadium in Soshanguve played host to the 7th edition of the grand finale of South Africa’s largest development league.
Free State made history in the tournament by becoming the first team to defend the title after beating Mpumalanga on penalties following an intense 1-1 draw. However, victory did not come easy for Free State as they had to overcome a team that was spearheaded by the tournament’s Top Goal scorer and Player of the Tournament, Siphamandla Dhlamini.
The weeklong tournament saw a number of talent scouts from Premier Soccer League attending the championships, which have over the years developed a strong reputation of producing the country’s best footballers.
Speaking at the tournament, SAB’s Head of Enterprise Development Specialist, Octavius Phukubye said that the 2015 edition of the SAB U21 Championships was a resounding success and that the SAB’s partnership with SAFA continues to reap incredible results.

“We are proud of what we have achieved through this tournament. The life skills element of the Youth Diversion has also grown and becomes a key part of the tournament that teaches youngsters about the dangers of substance abuse as well as important life skills. We also want to thank our partners SAFA for an incredible journey of 15 years of contributing to football development” said Phukubye.

2015 SAB U21 Championships Road to the Final

1. Free State 2 – 1 Mpumalanga
2. Mpumalanga 2 – 1 Western Cape
3. Mpumalanga 4 – 1 Gauteng
4. Mpumalanga 4 – 1 Northern Cape

Free State
1. Free State 2 – 1 Mpumalanga
2. Gauteng 2 – 3 Free State
3. Free State 2 – 3 Northern Cape
4. Free State 3 – 0 Western Cape

Semi Finals
Mpumalanga 4 – 2 University Sport SA
Limpopo 0 – 2 Free States

Mpumalanga (1) 1 – 1 (3) Free State

2015 SAB U21 Championships Awards Winners

Assistant Referee of the Tournament Bafana Magagula
Referee of the Tournament Khotso Johanne
Coach of the tournament Litheko Marago
Top Goal Scorer of the Tournament Siphamandla Dhlamini
Goalkeeper of the tournament Kwanele Bidi
Player of the Tournament Siphamandla Dhlamini
Runners Up Mpumalanga
Winners Free State

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