The one off pitted league champions, Cote D’Or, against Knockout winners, St Michel.
As for the match, St Michel, the record league winners and the most successful club on the island nation, had the edge in a very average first half where Cote D’Or struggled to find their rhythm.
St Michel broke the deadlock on the hour mark from a quickly taken free kick by Malagasy-import Hassan Aly to his compatriot Jocelyn Fenosoa who left two defenders in his wake before he stabbed the ball into the net past goalkeeper Jean-Paul Lesperance for a 1-0 lead.
Cote D’Or made a couple of substitutions in their quest to redress the balance but fell further behind in the 75th minute from a swift passing move involving playmaker Aly who released new signing Graham Cafrine whose teasing cross across the face of goal was tapped in Jocelyn to complete his brace.
Cote D’Or huffed and puffed but could not find a way back in this match as St Michel’s experience saw them sail through to collect the seventh President’s cup in a row as well as record an impressive fifteenth such crown.
Surely St Michel will be once again the team to beat in the Seychelles league as they aim to defend three out of four titles they won last season and their manager Andrew Jean-Louis is hoping this cup success will serve a motivation for them in the 12-team league which kicks off at the weekend on a two round basis.
“We did not play to a high level in the first period though we still were the better team. We still got the goals we deserved in the second half against an opponent that rarely troubled us in a comfortable victory.
“We hope this good start will be a springboard for us in the other competitions this season,” he added.
On his part, Abdou, now at helm of Cote D’Or and was aiming to win a first with his new protégés and is keen to bolster his squad for the new season to attempt to defend the league crown.
“We played a decent match but have to accept the result as we lacked quality in certain areas and would like to reinforce before our next match and we still have work to do before we launch our league campaign,” said Abdou.