Barcelona Spurs host inaugural Salaludien Cup in Portland

Everton Football Club were crowned the champions of the inaugural Salaludien Cup after they beat Bayview in the under-18 final in Portland on Sunday. Siyanda Dlongwe, on the left, won the player of the series. Picture: Lonwabo Marele

Despite only being in existence for two years, Barcelona Spurs, from Portland, are already making a significant impact on the local football scene.

This past weekend, they hosted their very first soccer tournament, the Salaludien Davids under-18 Cup in commemoration of their former treasurer and exco member who passed away in June.

In memoriam… Former Barcelona Spurs FC treasurer, the late Salaludien Davids, who died in June.

Public relations officer at the club, Yumna Arendse said, while they were preparing for the tournament they were shocked by the untimely passing of Davids.

Chairman Aslam Carr and his exco members came up with the idea to name the cup after him.

Arendse said Davids was not only the treasurer, he also coached and mentored the under-10 team.

Salaludien Davids, first left, back row, in whose honour Barcelona Spurs FC’s under-18 tournament at the weekend, was named, seen here with his beloved under-10 side.

Prior to Barcelona Spurs’ existence, Davids ploughed his experience at Montrose United, Ashley Rovers Football Club and Golden United Football Club.

“He would go out of his way to fetch the kids from all over Mitchell’s Plain. He would make sure they eat and are safe,” said Arendse.

“There was one incident where they played in a tournament. It was a free kick and the kid was taking forever to kick the ball. He got in to help the kid to tie his laces. They (opponents) shouted because they were taking a long time. He didn’t like that,” she said.

Assistant at the club, Shireen Moosa said Davids’ passion for football was evident on and off the field.

Carr said 32 teams participated in the two-day tournament at the weekend.

Everton Football Club, from Nyanga, were crowned the inaugural champions after beating Bayview Football Club 5-4 on penalties, following a 0-0 draw in full time.

Plate winners were Tafelzucht, shield winners CMES Football Club from Athlone and the special winners were Leeds Football Club. Plate runners up were Pro-Stars, and shield winners Bonteheuwel.

Siyanda Dlongwe from Everton was named player of the tournament and the club’s Thabo Matlodi was manager of the tournament.

Highest goal scorer was Blue Downs’ Cheslyn Hendricks. Goalkeeper of the tournament belonged to Ricardo Jackson.

“This is a turning point for the youth. We don’t want them to go to the streets, so we keep them on the soccer field. First year of the event is done. For next year we plan to have it even bigger with clubs from all over the Western Cape and scouts from all over the country,” said Carr.

Everton Football Club, from Nyanga, centre, were crowned the winners of the inaugural Salaludien under-18 Cup hosted by Barcelona Spurs, in Portland, at the weekend. They beat Bayview 5-4 on penalties following a goalless draw. Here, they beat Blue Downs on penalties in the semifinals. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
FN Rangers celebrating a goal during their a group stage game at the Salaludien Cup in Portland on Saturday. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
Barcelona Spurs Football Club, hosted the inaguaral Salaludien under-18 Cup, at the Portland soccerfields, at the weekend. The event was won by Everton Football Club, from Nyanga. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
Hanover Park’s under-18 prodigies, from left, Thaakir Waggie, Brady Hendricks, Alex van der Westhuizen, Ethan Kearns, Xavier Andrews, and, in front, Aslam Martain. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
Nyanga’s Everton Football Club beat Blue Downs on penalties in the semi-finals, before winning against Bayview, also on penalties, in the final of the Barcelona Spurs under-18 Salaludien Cup in Portland at the weekend. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
Junction Rovers footballers, from left, Uzair Majiet, Kalum Konstabel, Ayabonga Maloyi, Farwaaz Adams, Kayden Van Eden and Tino Zonn, with a spectator. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
Winners of the special cup section at the Salaludien Cup, Leeds United, warming up ahead of their next game at the Barcelona Spurs tournament, in Portland, at the weekend. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
Ruyterwacht Football Club’s defender, Rushdeen White remains calm over the ball as he loses his marker before making a proper pass to his midfielders during their clash at the Salaludien Cup in Portland on Saturday. Picture: Lonwabo Marele