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That winning feeling – Aztecs crowned 2023 Sol Plaatje Masters Football League champions

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Aztecs won the title the same way that had fallen short last year – on the away goal rule, when they went down to Saps Masters in the 2022 final.

Aztec Masters FC secured a resounding victory in the Sol Plaatje Masters Football League, triumphing over Juventus Masters FC on the away goal rule. Picture: Danie van der Lith

In a heart-stopping finale that left spectators on the edge of their seats, Aztec Masters managed to clinch the 2023 Sol Plaatje Masters League title, despite losing to Juventus Masters in the second leg of the final.

Aztecs won the title the same way that had fallen short last year – on the away goal rule, when they went down to Saps Masters in the 2022 final.

This year, the final produced an electrifying showdown at the Galeshewe Stadium, spectators witnessed an intense clash of skill and determination that will be etched in local football history and the memories of those who witnessed the game for years to come.

In a heartwarming gesture before kick-off, officials from the Sol Plaatje Masters Football League exemplified the spirit of generosity by donating soccer boots to the Local Football Association.

Sol Plaatjie Masters Football League officials are seen handing over soccer boots to the Local Football Association. Seabata Makhele is Chair of the Sol Plaatje Masters Football League, Papie Dibeco is Secretary of the Masters League, Shorty Thebe is Treasurer of the Local Football Association, and McDonald Moraladi is Developing Officer of the Local Football Association. Picture: Supplied

This altruistic gesture aimed to support and enhance the aspirations of budding talents, ensuring that the passion for the sport continues to thrive within the community.

Juventus seized an early advantage, scoring in the opening moments of the first half, sending their supporters into a frenzy. Undeterred by this setback, Aztecs launched a spectacular comeback and banged in two stunning goals in quick succession at the 13th and 17th minute markers.

The stadium reverberated with excitement as the match progressed into the second half.

Spectators filled the Galeshewe Stadium to see their two top teams battle it out on the field. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Juventus, fueled by an unrelenting desire to claim the coveted trophy, swiftly netted another goal, narrowing the margin.

A pivotal moment arrived when Juventus was awarded a penalty, which they successfully converted to produce a 3-2 scoreline in their favour and igniting hopes of an imminent triumph.

The tension in the air was palpable, reflected by the thunderous support resonating from the stands for both stalwart teams.

Juventus Masters FC played their hearts out, and some will say they were the better team on the day, but it was Aztec Masters FC who lifted the trophy for the second time in a row. Picture: Danie van der Lith

However, the game’s destiny was decided by the away goal rule, and despite Juventus’ valiant efforts Aztecs emerged victorious, having scored without reply in the previous encounter the previous week.

Aztecs’ elation was uncontainable as they clinched the league title that had narrowly eluded them last year, the faces of the players painted a portrait of unbridled joy at their achievement.

As the trophy was handed over amidst a backdrop of roaring cheers, the team stood united, symbolising their collective triumph and lifting the gleaming trophy in unison, marking a momentous occasion for the club and their devoted fans.

Aztec Masters FC lifted the trophy after they beat Juventus Masters FC on the away goal rule at the Galeshewe Stadium. Picture: Danie van der Lith

In the end, the Sol Plaatje Masters Football League’s exhilarating conclusion not only showcased exceptional athleticism but also embodied the essence of sportsmanship and camaraderie, leaving an indelible mark on all who witnessed this unforgettable game.

As the curtain falls on another thrilling season, the legacy of Aztec Masters Football Club stands tall. They have etched their name as champions in the annals of Kimberley football history.

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