Imbabala went home R25 000 richer after beating Bay Academy 4-3 on penalties in a highly contested encounter at the Absa Stadium.
After the match ended in a goalless stalemate, Bucks secured the win in the sudden-death penalty shootout.Twice Bucks lost the opportunity to clinch the match on penalties after goalkeeper Sabata Mbongozi pulled off two acrobatic saves from the penalty spot, but Bucks players squandered the opportunity.
At the end of the day, striker Luke Willard turned from villain to hero when he netted the winning penalty in sudden-death.
It was a tough game for Bucks, but they held their nerve to the end. They stuck to the basics, played disciplined soccer and even though the conditions appeared adverse for them, they never lost their purpose.
At the awards ceremony at the end of the tournament, the Bucks’ players were snubbed and returned empty-handed, but they can console themselves with the thought that they had given their all in this tournament.