62 matches, 190 goals and 368 delighted football players from 22 countries: That is the result of two exciting days at the Volkswagen Junior World Masters tournament in Warsaw. The final of this year’s tournament, the fourth time the largest international football tournament initiated by a company has been held, was won by Germany.
Teams from 22 countries took part in the two-day long world final event. The African continent was represented by South Africa and Zimbabwe. The tournament also included football powerhouses like Germany, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Italy.
The South African team represented by the winners of the 2012 South African Junior Masters tournament, Moroka Swallows under-13's, unfortunately failed to win their final group matches and did not progress from a very competitive group B.
On the first Match Day the team beat Taiwan 6-0, lost 1-0 to Poland and lost 5-2 to Turkey. On the second Match day the team drew 0-0 against Argentina and narrowly lost 2-1 to Germany.
"We played against some of the best clubs in the world and almost made it through to the next round. I had so much fun and it was great playing in Poland", said South African captain, Thabiso Mangaliso.
"This was an amazing experience for the boys. Everyone will remember this for the rest of their lives. Obviously we are disappointed that we didn't go further but Volkswagen gave us a massive opportunity and we're thankful that we were a part of it", said coach Paul Habib about the experience.