Young Zuko in line to lift 2nd Discovery Soccer Challenge title

At 18, Andile Zuko lifted his first major title when he won the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge trophy in 2016 while coaching Khensa Football Club (KFC).

The following year he moved to White City Spurs but failed to advance beyond the last 16 of the Soweto’s prestigious tournament.

Two years after winning gold, Zuko is in line to repeat the same feat in the 16th edition of the tournament that has attracted thousands of supporters across Soweto , Eldorado Park , Southern Suburbs and Wesbury.

He steered his charges, White City Spurs F.C, to the 2018 finals on Friday afternoon (28 December 2018) when his side defeated Meadowlands Academy 2-1 in the first semi-finals of the day at the Nike Football Training Centre in Klipspruit, Soweto.

White City Spurs F.C. took an early lead in the first half before the 2016 champions were awarded a penalty in the 2ndhalf to increase the score to 2-0.

Known as Krol in the soccer fraternity, Zuko’s tactics were put to the test when Meadowlands Academy pulled one back to make it 2-1, but they managed to hold on to their victory.

The Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge tournament has produced a number of formidable players in the country and has also been a hunting ground for most of the Premier Soccer League clubs.

A notable product from the tournament is the Discovery Walter Sisulu ambassador, Lyle Foster who turned 18 early this year. The Amajita forward played for Strokes before Augusto Palacios recruited the youngster to join the Orlando Pirates academy.

In other semi-finals, Sneke Chillers booked their spot in the final when they defeated Pimville Premier Impala 3-1 in penalty shoot-out after a stalemate in normal time

Source: South Africa Football Association