Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Provincial Finals Kick-Off in Free State

The under-19 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup, sponsored by Sanlam and the Motsepe Foundation, has reached the provincial final stage with Free State hosting the first.  The final will take place at HTS Louis Botha High School in Bloemfontein at 9am on Saturday, 8 August.

There is plenty at stake as the winners of each of the provincial titles will get R100 000 to spend on educational and sporting projects at their schools, and the top two sides in each province will go through to the national finals in October where there will be even more funding up for grabs, including a whopping R1million for the eventual overall winning school.

There will be six schools vying for the Free State provincial title on Saturday.  The occasion will double up as a legacy project hand-over ceremony for the host school. HTS Louis Botha won the Free State title in 2013, and came second at the national finals that year, for which they were granted R600 000 in funding.

On Saturday the school will take official possession of the ablution block, change rooms and tuck shop that they built with the R700 000 in total funding they were given.

The teams participating in the Free State finals are: Grey College-Motheo District, HTS Louis Botha-Motheo District, Concordia High School-Lejweleputswa District, Dr Reginald Cingo Secondary School- Fezile Dabi District, Manthatisi High School-Thabo Mofutsanyane District and Ikanyekgeng Combined School-Xhariep District

As the Motheo District is hosting the finals, there are two schools from there in the finals – the hosts, HTS Louis Botha, and Grey College.

Ludwig Koekemoer, Grey College, sports coordinator, is thrilled that after four years of participating in the competition, they have finally made it to the provincial finals.

“Last year we got knocked out at the regional finals stage and this year we vowed to move a step further in the tournament and the team did exactly that,” he said. “We have been working hard for this from the beginning of the season and have done well in the competition.”

Grey played 15 games in the tournament this year and have scored 34 goals and conceded 6. Koekemoer said. “The team is disciplined, we are fortunate to be working with a group of boys that are so focused and determined.”

As this is their first time in the finals, Koekemoer said they don’t know exactly what to expect, but they do know it will be very competitive.

“We played against HTS in the regional final game and they beat us 2-1, they have beaten us a number of times this season and have a very strong team with players affiliated to Bloemfontein Celtic so they are used to playing at a high level. But with that said, it does not mean we will go down without a fight. We will take each game as it comes, with no pressure imposed on the players.”

Grey has a good all-round team this year, Koekemoer said, but the singles out 2 exceptional players. “Musa Rampa is a brilliant striker who has scored 12 goals so far; and goalkeeper Karl Steenkamp, is a young player with plenty of talent. I believe the talent scouts that I believe will be at the provincial finals will be impressed.”

The dates and venues of the provincial finals are:

8th August  Free State - HTS Louis Botha (Bloemfontein) 10th August Gauteng - Nike Centre (Soweto) 15th August Eastern Cape- Walmer High School (Port Elizabeth) 22nd August Limpopo - Mahwelereng Stadium (Mokopane) 29th August Northern Cape -Robert Gunda Stadium (Upington) 5th September Western Cape -Nyanga Stadium (Cape Town) 12th September North West - Montshiwa Stadium (Mahikeng) 19th September KZN - Northdale Stadium (Pietermaritzburg) 26th September Mpumalanga - Kanyamazane Stadium (Nelspruit) 5th to 10th October National Finals – Nike Centre (Soweto).

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