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Ex-Stellies Star Wins First Trophy In Europe

Former Stellenbosch FC midfielder Ibraheem Jabaar won his first major trophy with Maccabi Petah Tikva.

Jabaar moved to Tikva in Israel at the beginning of the season from Stellenbosch after spending three seasons at the club, where he played over 70 matches, scoring three goals and assisting on three occasions.

The former Nigeria youth international has been instrumental for Tikva in their fight for survival as they finished second in the Israel Premier League Relegation round.

The 21-year-old is the champion of the State Cup after a 1-0 win over Hapoel Be’er Sheva. He scored one goal for Tikva in the State Cup and has four assists in the league. He is yet to be recognised by the Nigerian senior side coach.

This is Tikva’s first State Cup since 1951/52 and their first trophy since winning the Toto Cup Artiz in 1990/91 when they gained promotion to the Israel elite league.

Tikva’s cup triumph also means that they have earned a spot in the UEFA Europa Conference League qualifiers, and will be joined by Maccabi Haifa and Beer Sheva, who finished in second and third spots in the Israeli Premier League, respectively.

Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco
Sinethemba Makonco is one of South Africa's brightest up-and-coming football journalists. Makonco shot to prominence on social media as a reliable source for South African football news and transfer stories, and is currently working as a junior journalist at iDiski Times.