It seems that good things do come to those who wait.
The young players from Sigma's D1 (1997) squad capped their strong performance with a 3-2 win over Russia on Sunday, Oct. 3 before a capacity crowd of more than 36,000 in the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Mehta scored for game winner with seven minutes remaining.
Noah's father, Tejal Mehta was in the stadium to witness the goal and called the moment, "very emotional." The stadium, he said, erupted in the sound of vuvuzelas that "kept getting louder and louder. "
Orlando Stadium was one of the major venues used during the FIFA World Cup.
"The experience gained by our two young players at this event will be fantastic for their future development. At the age of thirteen the two of them have now competed twice on the international stage. In 2009 our boy's competed in Holland with the likes of Ajax. We at SIGMA are very proud to have our players take part in such a great event," said Sigma FC Technical Director Bobby Smyrniotis.
It was a storybook ending to a tournament that almost didn't happen.
The two budding soccer stars were selected through nation-wide tryouts, but the 2009 tournament was cancelled due to the international influenza H1N1 pandemic that was spreading at the time.
Instead of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the original tournament host, the Danone Cup would be moved to South Africa. And if the move to host country of the 2010 FIFA World Cup was not good enough, the decision was made to play the tournament in actual World Cup venues, making a once-in-a-lifetime during into a fairy tale come true.
The game was played in the palatial Orlando Stadium in Soweto. The stadium was sold out several weeks before the game.
Team Canada was awarded the Special Team Award given to the team that best exemplifies the values espoused by the Danone Cup, which include sportsmanship and fair play.
The Danone Cup is an annual youth soccer tournament sponsored by food giant Danone. Soccer legend Zinedine Zidane is the tournament ambassador and the competition emphasizes sportsmanship and fair play through soccer,
Following are results from the Danone Cup Team Canada 2009 squad
Game 1. Canada 1 Japan 2
Game 2. Canada 0 Morocco 0
Game 3. Canada 3 Bulgaria 0
Game 4. Canada 0 Belgium 0
Following are the Consolation round results:
Round of 16. Canada 3 Colombia 0
Quarter-finals. Canada 0 Guatemala 0 (Canada wins 3-1 in penalty kicks)
Semi-finals. Canada 1 Egypt 0
Final. Canada 3 Russia 2