Friday, September 27, 2013
A Gauteng/Free State Sanlam Kay Motesepe Schools Cup Final
. It was a day of high’s and low’s for the 18 teams that competed in the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup play-offs happening at the King Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi, Durban. For the semi-finalists it was a case of playing for the R1 million or R500 000. But in the end Clapham (Gauteng) beat the most successful team in the tournament to date, Harmony 3 – 0 and national final first timers, Louis Botha beat Rosina Sedibane 1 – 0, to meet each other in the final match tomorrow.
For Rosina Sedibane, the school that educates the SuperSport United Academy players, the defeat by Louis Botha was a disappointment, but for Harmony, making it to the semi-finals was a great feat. “My boys did a great job,” said coach, Pitso Mokoena. “This year I brought my U17 team. None of them have played in this tournament before yet they rose to the occasion and showed character and a fighting spirit. I am a happy coach.”
Mokoena would like to finish in third position, and win the school R500 000, but his focus is already turning to final exams. “We will leave Durban with happy memories, but now it is time to study. I do not want these boys to follow in my footsteps. I gave us school at 17 years old and joined Free State Stars, seven years later I went to Amazulu, ending at Bloemfontein Celtic. Once my career was over I was unemployed for years until I was offered a job at Harmony. I then had to complete my matric with the team I was coaching at the time! I have also gone on to get my SAFA Level 1 coaching certificate. I have a lot to teach my players both on and off the field.”
Based on statistics, the odds slightly favour Clapham in the final. Clapham won all their games and scored 23 goals in seven games conceding just one. Louis Botha drew two of their games and only scored 14 goals conceding two. But there are no guarantees and it will all boil down to who played the best on the day.
Harmony and Rosina Sedibane will play for third and fourth place.
But the biggest low must be the disqualification of East High from Mpumalanga due to fielding an ineligible player.
Tomorrow’s activities will commence at 9am with entertainment by Naima Kay, Professor and Big Nuz followed by the third/fourth play off at 11am. There will be more entertainment prior to the final which will kick-off at 1pm. Gates open at 9am and entrance is free.
QF: Clapham 2 vs Okiep 0
Goals: Motoro Monyai, Percy Tau
QF: Harmony 0 vs Benny’s School 0
Harmony won 15 – 14 on penalties
QF: Louis Botha 1 vs Mondale 1
Louis Botha won 3 – 0 on Penalties
Goals: LB: Ernest Mabathoana
Mon: Clinton Herwel
QF: Rosina Sedibane 1 vs Cloetesville 0
Goal: Sikhabuzo Mazibuko
Pos 9 – 12: Freedom Park 1 vs Rietvale 1
Freedom Park won 5 – 4 on penalties
Goals: FP: Thembani Gwala,
Riet: Angelo Van Rooi
Pos 9 – 12: Eric Nxumalo 2 vs Executive Academy 0
Goals: Funani Mathabela, Sydney Moyane
Pos 13 – 16: Sibongumusa 1 vs FK Tjiane 2
Goals: Sib: Siyanda Ngubane
FK: Calvin Mathebe, Dumisane Shongwe
Pos 13 – 16: Sebetwane 1 vs Ndamase 1
Ndamande won 3 – 2 on penalties
Goals: Seb: Tshepiso Lobelo
Nda: Ayakha Stamp
Pos 17 – 18: Welebasha buy (Welebashe finishes in 17th position)
Pos 5 – 8: Okiep 1 vs Benny’s Sport 1
Okiep won 5 – 3 on penalties
Goals: OK: Romario Waterboer,
BS: Lfentshwe Munyadziwa
Pos 5 – 8:Mondale 3 vs Cloetesville 0
Goals: Dilan Fransch, Lance Beyers, Brandon Dean
Pos 15 – 16: Sibongumusa 1 vs Sebetwane 1
Sebetwane won 3 – 1 on penalties
Goals Sib:Siyanda Ngubane,
Seb: Itumeleng Mosikare
Pos 9 – 10: Freedom Park 0 vs Eric Nxumalo 2
Goals: Bonginkosi Mkhabela, Nyiko Phoko
Pos 11 – 12: Rietvale 1 vs Executive Academy 1
Rietvale won 4 – 2 on penalties
Goals: Riet: Angelo Van Rooi,
EA: Bonga Klaushe
Pos 13 – 14: FK Tjiane 1 vs Ndamase 0
Goal: Dumisani Shongwe
Pos 5 – 6: Okiep 0 vs Mondale 0
Mondale won 3 – 1 on penalties
Pos 7 – 8: Cloetesville 0 vs Benny’s Sports 0
Benny’s won 4 – 2 on penalties
Semifinal: Clapham 3 vs Harmony 0
Goals: Khyelihle Shozi, Ntando Ngubane (2)
Semifinal: Louis Botha 1 vs Rosina Sedibane 0
Goal: Aaron Mzethu
FINAL LOG POSITIONS
18. East High
13. FK Tjiane
12. Executive Academy
10. Freedom Park
9. Eric Nxumalo
7. Benny’s Sports Academy
About the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup:
· The tournament is run under the auspices of the South Africa Football Association (SASFA)
Named after prominent businessman Patrice Motsepe’s late mother, the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup offers the biggest prize money at school level in Africa (R3.4 million in total).
· The sponsors are: Sanlam, the Motsepe Foundation and the Sanlam Ubuntu-Botho Community Development Trust.
· The primary objective of the tournament is to revive the culture of school football amongst students between the age of 16 and 19 years old.
· The tournament also gives players the opportunity to showcase their skills to soccer scouts with the talented players being recruited into development structures to be nurtured and shaped into professional players.