CLUBE Atletico Mineiro of Brazil have been crowned champions of the Gauteng Future Champions 2012 soccer tournament. This was after they beat their fellow South Americans, Nacional from Uruguay, 2-1 in the final of the tournament at the Nike Training Centre on Saturday. A goal in each half gave the Brazilians the trophy for the fourth season in a row. Nacional were two 4goals down midway through the second half before winger Richard Dorrego pulled a goal back from the penalty spot. Nacional beat Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven 1-0 in the semis to reach the final. The hopefuls for Gauteng, Orlando Pirates, failed to reach the semifinals after finishing second in group B hi the round robin stage – they were one point behind Nacional. Gauteng has been hosting the tournament for four years now and provincial teams have failed to impress. Tournament organiser Ray Wheeler said the problem lies with the local teams. He said: “Our policy is to bring the best u17 sides to the country. It is up to the locals to judge themselves and see what their standard is and what needs to be done to improve it.” The top South African team, the young Buccaneers, will play in a Brazilian version of the tournament in Belo Horizonte in December. The Bucks beat US side New England Revolution 4-2 to finish fifth in the tournament. Striker Siyanda Ngcobo is among the top goalscorers in the tournament. K Stars were the only African team to reach the semifinals. The Zambians took home the bronze medal after losing 2-0 to the champions in the semifinals.