The past week proved forgettable for a host of young players in the 9th edition of the Aegon Copa Amsterdam. It was an exciting tournament as this edition unveiled new talents and heroes for fanatical football fans to enthuse over. Ajax Cape Town of South Africa won the 3 – day tournament beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 5-4 on penalties.
Player of the Tournament: Kevin Holzweiler (Germany & Borussia Mönchengladbach)
The U-19 attacking midfielder was voted best player of the 2013 Aegon Copa Amsterdam as he scored two important goals for his German side. The diminutive playmaker is a carbon copy of first team player Amin Younes. Holzweiler (18) is a good dribbler and can play anywhere in midfield. His teammate Mahmoud Dahoud (17) also impressed me.
Top scorer: Gino van Kessel (Ajax & Netherlands)
A brace against Panathinaikos made the striker top scorer of the 2012 Copa Amsterdam as AZ Almaar beat the Greek side 4-0 .The prolific striker moved to Amsterdam to join Ajax after the tournament [though he had already signed before the Copa].
This year,Gino van Kessel,won the award for the second successive time as the Alkmaar born striker scored 3 times. The striker was loaned out to Almere City for 6 months after his Ajax move.He returned just in time to make a name for himself in this year’s Copa.
Below is a list of the tournament’s top goal scorers.
3 GOALS – Gino van Kessel (AFC Ajax)
2 GOALS – Marlon Ritter,Kevin Holzweiler (both Borussia Mönchengladbach), Lucas Henrique dos Santos,Diego Gonçalves, Gustavo Scarpa (all Fluminense),Ielyaas Wesson (Ajax Cape Town),Bruno Lamas,Rodrigo Dias (both Cruzeiro)
1 GOAL: Dennis Tetteh, Enoch Gyimah (both Berekum Chelsea), Michael Kwong, Justin Jacobus (Ajax Cape Town), Danzell Gravenberch ,Marvin Höner (both AFC Ajax),Lance Nickels, Mahroud Dahoud,Benno Mohr (Borussia Mönchengladbach),McQueen,Will Miller (both Tottenham Hotspur), Gustavo Scarpa (Fluminense),Eurico,Gabriel,Juninho,Matheus Santos,Emerson Oliveira (all Cruzeiro)
Best goal: Dennis Tetteh (Ghana & Berekum Chelsea)
Berekum Chelsea star man, Dennis Tetteh (18) scored what’s arguably the goal of the tournament in the Berekum side’s last game against Ronald de Boer’s team.
Weeping boys: Men United
Ronald de Boer‘s Men United failed to score a single goal at the tournament and conceded 9 goals.