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Roses United from Free State are the 2012 Vodacom League champions after defeating Milano United from the Western Cape by four goals to two (4-2) on penalties in a tense final played at the Seshego Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday, 08 July 2012. The match finished goalless after 90 minutes.
With both sides having already clinched automatic promotion to the National First Division by virtue of winning their respective groups, the grand finale was always going to be a closely-contested affair and, notwithstanding supreme effort from both teams, neither was able to find a way to break the deadlock.
It took two excellent saves from Goalkeeper and Player-of-the-Tournament, William Mothokoa of Roses United to deny Shaun Daniels and Shamiel Philander in the shootout to ensure the trophy will reside in Bloemfontein for the next twelve months. On the other hand, Milano can return to Cape Town with their heads held high to plan for new life in the NFD next season.
"I cannot properly express how proud I am of my boys. At the beginning of the season, we drafted a three-year plan for promotion and we have achieved it. Credit must go to everyone involved with this club for their unified commitment to reaching our common goal," said former Bafana Bafana international John Tlale, who is the coach of Roses United.
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