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The Feyenoord Ghana Youth Academy has been crowned the 2005 champions of the Supersport Under15 Youth Challenge on Sunday.
They defended the trophy when they defeated the Supersport Feyenoord Youth Academy 1-0 at the Balfour Park sport grounds on Sunday. The Ghanaians won through an indirect free kick, which was clinically taken by Issac “Ashley” Iddai into the second half of extra time.
The four-day Annual tournament featured various youth academies from the Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams. They included Supersport Feyenoord Youth Academy, Jomo Cosmos, Wits University, Feyenoord Ghana, Moroka Swallows, Ajax Cape Town, Orlando Pirates, Phumelela Select XI, School Of Excellence and Balfour Park Football Club.
"I feel very excited because I scored the winning goal. I also scored a free kick when we beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 on Friday. I have confidence with my left foot because I always score goals from set pieces.
"I’m a left back defender, but I always put much concentration on free kick specialists such as David Beckham and Austin Jay Jay Okocha. We played ten games, but I missed two out of them. I missed the first game because I was not feeling well, and I was on two bookings so the coach decided to put me in the starting lineup for the final,” said the young defender who admires Ashley Cole of Arsenal.
Supersport Feyenoord Youth Academy lost the game after they introduced a new Goalkeeper by the name of Matsau from Kwazulu Natal as the game was just about to go into penalties after extra time. The goalkeeper made a blunder when he held the ball for more than six seconds, and the referee punished him. According to the laws of the game, if a goalkeeper holds the ball for more than six seconds, an indirect free kick is be awarded against him.
“We were a bit lucky, but we deserved to win because we gave a good performance for the whole tournament. We finished the competition unbeaten, with a couple of draws. It was not bad at all. Our opponents were all organized, even Orlando Pirates whom we beat 1-0 in the semi final, that is why the game was nearly decided on a penalty shootout,” said the Ghana coach Jan Gosgens who is in his fifth year with the Feyenoord Ghana Academy.
The Feyenoord Ghana Youth Academy will play a friendly match on Tuesday against the same side they beat in the final of the 2005 Youth Challenge. After a friendly game the Ghanaians will visit Lesotho to play with their Under13 Academy as the U-13 boys dominate their squad.
“I conceded two goals in the U-15 tournament, which was not a bad record. It’s all in the name of the game. We will be playing against Lesotho on Thursday, and I promise my teammates that I ‘m going to keep a clean sheet,” said the Ghanaian Goalkeeper Gyankwame “Casillas” Kyereh.
Feyenoord Ghana beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the final of the same tournament last year in South Africa.