It has been a very enthralling tournament in all stages of the game, where underdone talent has been shown off and discovered. It all started with top 32 teams where all teams fought tooth and nail through playing football of high quality to secure a spot in the last 16.
In each and every step heading to the top four drama unfolded and celebrations also took in. Emotions got mixed as there was no team delighted to go home empty handed. The teams that made it to the top four; Maru FC from Grahamstown, Young Chiefs from Alice, Amavarara fc from Queenstown and Sophia Young Stars from Grahamstown.
Maru FC who was the 2016 New Years Cup Champions defended their title when beating Young Chiefs by 3 goals to 2. They scooped for themselves the 1st prize which is R100 000, Gold Medals, set of playing kit and sponsor packages. While Young Chiefs walked away with the 2nd prize that consisted of R50 000, Silver Medals, set of playing kit and sponsor packages. The 3rd position walked away with Amavarara FC who walked away with R25 000, Bronze Medals, set of playing kit and sponsor package. The 4th Prize walked away with Sophia Young Stars who scooped R20 000, set of playing kit and sponsor packages. Moreover all the 32 teams each received ten balls.
The tournament events and games were honoured by the SAFA President DR Danny Jordan, MR Antonio Barradas the Head of Laliga Africa, SAFA NEC Member Mzimkhulu Fina, Mr Vusumzi Vusani the Product and Marketing for Mercedes-Benz Vans Head coach of Chippa United, Mr Tebogo Moloi, SAFA Provincial Secretary, MR Isaac Klaas, Mr Justice Tshabalala and Luvuyo Memela both playing for Orlando Pirates, Mr Lindani Mbense from SABC Sport.