Young Brazilians Put Up Brave Show In Japan To Score 19 Goals

20/Sep/2016 12:26

Mamelodi Sundowns U-17 boys started their campaign in an international 10-team International Challenge Cup tournament in Osaka, Japan at the weekend and took the tournament by storm, racing to victory in all their games on Saturday and Sunday before succumbing to fatigue and jet-lag to lose two games on Monday to end up runners-up in the tournament staged by the Japan Professional Football League (J-League).

The boys had netted 19 goals, with Notha Ngcobo netting eight goals, followed by Sphamandla Ntuli with four, Cassius Mailula three, Pitso Tlotlego two and Musa Mdluli and Thapelo Mokomela one each – all of which bodes well for the Sundowns Academy development programme. Participants in the tournament were clubs that had won regional U-17 tournaments in Japan and other Asian countries.  Sundowns opened their account on Saturday morning after arriving the day before, and disposed of Foolad FC, who they beat 1 – 0 with a goal from the penalty spot by Notha Ngcobo.

Having limbered up and being a little loose in the legs, the Young Brazillians ran riot against Tokyo FC when Sphamandla Ntuli and Notha Ngcobo each ran in two goals while Cassius Mailula and Thapelo Mokomela scored the rest to win 6 – 1.  In the next game, Sundowns were stretched by Fukuwoka, but managed a 1 – 0 win thanks to a goal from Pitso Tlotlego before beating Osaka 2 – 1 with goals from Notha Ngcobo and Cassius Mailula. Ngcobo once more ran riot when he blasted in a brace, with Musa Mdluli, and Sphamandla Ntuli and Toltlego each contributing to beat Kyoto 5 – 1.  But even at that point, it was clear that fatigue was beginning to set in, as did jet lag from the seven-hour time difference between their host country and South Africa.  And while Godfrey Sapula’s boys managed to beat Tochigi 4 – 0 – with Ngcobo once more getting a brace and Mailula and Ntuli netting the other two goals, the Tshwane side had shot their bolt and Mtsumoto beat them 1- 0, and Ulsan disposed of them 2 – 0 in the final games on Monday.

Ulsan ran out winners, having won all eight of their games, while Sundowns managed to get the runner-up spot. The intensity of the tournament was a great learning experience for the young boys, and they will go on a sight-seeing tour on Tuesday before returning home – with their heads held high.

19 Responses to Young Brazilians Put Up Brave Show In Japan To Score 19 Goals

  1. kagiso says:

    Ncobo can solve goal scoring problems in the country

  2. Chele Khumalo says:

    Well done boys you have made us all proud back home .

  3. sabelo says:

    Wololo mama kuyeza okuzayo siyabonga them boyz kuhle loko.

  4. Coste' says:

    Nice one, Sapula you are doing a great job

  5. mnesto says:

    Well done to The GodFather , The Technical Team and all the young Boyz of style

  6. Evidence says:

    It would be nice 2 hv these guys playin a MDC. Congratulation 2 Sapula & the players

  7. Da Prof says:

    Well Done! The Sundowns Future Looks Bright!I like this,this is real preparation.I hope some of the boys find their way into the 1st team.I hope they don’t get lost and end up in other teams!

  8. That very good for downs boys. we are improving the young boys for yellow teams.

  9. Senior says:

    Well done to young ka bo yellow! Keep it up!

  10. X man says:

    Good work boys keep it up

  11. xman says:

    Keep it up young lions you raised the yellow flag across the chig Chong ha.thanks boys, our concerned we don’t care about our development we a town bread means a ready made vilakazi is not a sundowns material

  12. welldone yellow boys. we are so proud of you

  13. Linda says:

    This is good exposure for the boys and we wish them well and come back home to Win more trophies.

    Sapula u did well Ja-man.

  14. mpho lintlhoane says:

    Good lucky guys keep up

  15. zlatan says:

    asambe dolly…
    Siyolala e mbeden.

  16. zlatan says:

    keep up the good work…
    Sooner or so i wil be joining u as the youngest player in the psl

  17. zlatan says:

    well done sundowns*
    your results will mentor bafana_bafana to have hope in themselves…and they are going to qualify for that world cup,because of you guys…

  18. siyanda xulu says:

    what I’m going to do if I love to play for youth academy of sundowns