Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Executive Academy Wins The Eastern Cape Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup
Executive Academy of Idutywa won the Eastern Cape provincial title in the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup, at the Dumpsey Adams Stadium in Queenstown on 24th August after beating Ndamase Senior Secondary School 1 – 0. Both schools will compete in the National Finals taking place at the King Zwelethini Stadium, KwaZulu-Natal from 24 – 27 September.
As provincial champions, the school receives R100 000 to go towards supporting an educational or sport legacy project. According to the coach, Nkosinathi Madiyibhi, the school's governing body is still going to discuss how the money will be spent, but would like to see the funds used to upgrade the science lab - their Life Science laboratory is not well equipped - and they also need a computer lab. "Some soccer kit would also be welcome," he said.
Madiyibhi explains that the Executive Academy is a private school that focuses on education. “We offer top academic students in the district the opportunity to get the best education possible to be able to become future role models and leaders in boardrooms.”
This is their second time in the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup, having been knocked out in the district stages last year.
Madiyibhi's background is as a referee. He became an official SAFA referee last year, but has been officiating since 2006. When he is not coaching at the school he is a referee for local games in Idutywa.
Ahead of the national finals, Madiyibhi believes their strikers need to sharpen up "They didn’t take enough advantage of the midfielders passing them the ball to set up the goals. The coach identifies Grade 11 striker Yandisa Zaba as a key player for the team."He is good at distributing the ball to his fellow players and always initiates short passes on the field," he said.
Yandisa began playing soccer at 7 years old for United FC in Port Elizabeth. His parents sent him to the Academy as they offer the best grounding in accounts as the player wants to study Accountancy at Wits University when he leaves school. “While I would love to get scouted by a club like Mamelodi Sundowns, my parents are both academics and want me to get a degree after school and are encouraging me in that direction.” His mother works for the Department of Agriculture in Umtata and his father teaches at an Adult Based Education and Training centre in Butterworth so education is their focus. Zaba lives with his coach who persuaded him to join the school soccer team.
His message to his team is that they shouldn’t lose their team spirit or be intimidated by other teams at the national finals.
GROUP A GROUP B
Malcomess SSS Ncedo SSS
Executive Academy Ndamase SSS
Khanya Naledi SSS Kuyasa Combined School
Malcomess (1) VS Executive Academy (0)
Khanya Naledi (1) VS Phakamani (0)
Malcomess (0) VS Khanya Naledi (1)
Exec Academy (6) VS Phakamani (0)
Malcomess (3) VS Phakamani (0)
Khanya Naledi (0) VS Exec Academy (2)
Ncedo (1) VS Ndamase (3)
Ncedo (2) VS Kuyasa (1)
Ndamase (1) VS Kuyasa (1)
Ncedo (2) VS Malcomess (0)
Ndamase (0) VS Executive Academy (1)
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.