Croatian side takes Manchester United Premier Cup, SA 19th

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Dinamo Zagreb were crowned the Manchester United Premier Cup world champions last night.

Playing at Old Trafford as a curtain raiser to Rio Ferdinand testimonial game, the Croatian outfit netted in extra time to see off AC Milan 2-1 after the Italian outfit forced an equaliser on the stroke of full-time.

The event was a culmination of a week-long festival of Under-15 championships made up of 20 clubs from six football confederations, including hosts Man United.

South Africa’s Rosina Sedibane Sport School finished 19th after they could only manage a single victory in six matches.

The Pretoria-based institution defeated Onehunga Sports from New Zealand 2-0 in a 19-20th place play-off.

It was never going to be easy for Rosina, who were drawn in the same group as the home side United, whom they held to a goalless draw on Wednesday.

United finished 12th in the standings in which Europe dominated with the likes of Milan, Real Madrid and Arsenal all advancing to the knockout stages.

Despite Arsenal being knocked out in the semifinals, their midfielder Christopher Willock was voted the Player of the Tournament.

Willock was the deserved recipient as most coaches at the event tipped the youngster to be a future Gunners star.

He caught the attention with his silky skills and provided the intelligence in the Arsenal midfield that was difficult to stop, thanks to their quick passing game.

Chivas from Mexico and Japanese side Omiya Ardija shared the Fair Play award.

Former Bafana Bafana and United midfielder Quinton Fortune handed out the awards during the closing ceremony yesterday.

Fortune hauled 146 games and scored 11 times for the Red Devils during his seven-year spell at the club since he joined in 1999.

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