Richmond Ladies United and United Rovers, the two top Safa Northern Cape football teams and tournament favourites, walked away with the Premier’s Office sponsored Easter Tournament Top16 prize in the Pixley Ka Seme region over the long weekend.
United Rovers clinched the tournament trophy with a 5-1 scoreline over Blue Birds in the final of the men’s tournament. This was after they had overcome Two for Joy 2-0 in the semi-final round.
Rovers did not have it easy in the opening round of the competition when they drew 2-2 with the Emthanjeni district LFA champions Mighty Movers FC. They had to settle the matter via penalty kicks which Rovers won 5-4.
In the women’s section National Women’s League campaigners Richmond Ladies easily won their campaign with massive score lines over opponents. In the opening round Richmond clobbered the Renosterberg LFA champs Incredible Ladies FC 9-0.
This was nothing as Richmond simply dropped one digit to overcome Griqua Ladies 8-0 in the semi-finals. Richmond again upped their game for their final match on Sunday where they beat Rising Stars 10-0.
The two winning sides each walked away with the R50,000 prize money for their efforts. Northern Cape MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Desery Fienies and Premier Zamani Saul were on hand to do the prizegiving on Monday afternoon.