|From left: Greg, Carl, Abraham, Johan, Alyssa, Sve, Ernest and Clifford|
|Badge of Johannesburg Table Football Club – ‘The Eagles’|
Sven is a former German national player, veteran of numerous table football tournaments in Germany, France, Denmark and South Africa. He has played for Germany against England in an official international match. On a recent visit he also captured the Cape Town Open. Sven also won the North German Cup in 1994. The cold evening prevented a larger turnout, however 8 players braved the icy, winter evening and dished up some spicy encounters. All the players were divided into 2 groups with the group winners and runner-ups progressing to the semi-finals.
|Sven vs Carl|
Sven accounted for Alyssa, and Clifford defated Carl to set up a mouth watering final encounter.
The final got off to a cracking pace with Sven attacking early on and forcing Clifford to make a good save to keep the scoreline blank.
|Greg, who is vice chairman of Rand Central LFA handing the|
runner-up trophy to our visitor, Sven
The resultant penalty shoot-out was a real thriller. The first six flicks were all well saved by the keepers. Clifford broke the ice by scoring his fourth flick and then saved Sven's attempted equalizing flick. Clifford wrapped up the game and the title with a sublime 5th flick which nestled in the top corner and securing a victory over the experienced German visitor.
A special thanks must also go to Nita, Clifford's better half, who generously supplied a slendid and delicious meal for all participants.
A special medal was also handed to Sven along with the runner-up trophy commemorating his first visit to the Joburg TFC.
(Report by Clifford Graaff)