Wednesday, September 16, 2015
North West school to play in the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup National Finals for the first time.
Tshedimosetso Secondary School of Klerksdorp in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District, are the North West Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Provincial champions. They beat Itshupeng Secondary School in the final match. Both teams will go on to play in the national finals in Gauteng from 7th to 10th October.
According to David Lefifi, the team’s manager, they have been playing in the competition since 2013, but have not done very well in the past, until this year.
“Before 2013 there wasn’t much interest in soccer among the boys, so we never formed a team,” he explains. “Then in 2013 my colleague, Sipho Chozi, and I decided to start putting a soccer structure together. At that time the boys were under-16 and they have now progressed to the under-19 age group so they blend well together as a team.”
2013 and 2014 were learning years for them, Lefifi said, but they always believed that they could win one day. “After last year’s competition we went back to the drawing board and starting strategising for 2015 and came back this year with the aim of winning. The level of determination the boys showed was great.”
Winning the provincial title has been amazing, the coach said. “On Monday the boys came to school with their soccer kit and medals, and have been parading around the school. They even went out into the neighbourhood to show the community their medals and the cheque that the school won.”
Lefifi said his approach was the same as last year. “Our training hasn’t changed, but I think the players were more dedicated this year. Even the parents have been chipping in to help with transport to all the games. The level of dedication was unbelievable and I think that’s what made all the difference this year,”
The players showed no signs of nerves at the provincial finals said the coach. “I guess it’s because we believed in ourselves. We were not worried about the other teams and our focus was on our own abilities which got us this far.”
One of the sides they came up against was affiliated to the Platinum Stars academy, but that didn’t intimidate them. “We only found out about it on the morning of the games, so it didn’t make much of a difference for us”, Lefifi said. “The games went very well and I believe we were definitely the strongest team on show.”
Tshedimotsetso have qualified for the national finals of the competition now and Lefifi knows that will be a different level of competition.
“We will be treading carefully because we have never been at this level before. I will try to get a professional qualified coach in to help as this will benefit the boys and they will get more knowledge and practical training.”
As provincial champions, the school has been given R100 00 to spend on legacy projects and Lefifi said a lot of people will be involved in deciding on how the funds will be spent. “There are many things that the school needs, but I want the sport department to be looked after because they are the reason why the school has won the money in the first place.”
Keledi 0 vs Itshupeng 1
Tshedimosetso 3 vs Hoerskool Zeerust
Tshedimosetso 2 vs Keledi 0
Itshupeng 2 vs Hoerskool Zeerust 1
Herskool Zeerust 1 vs Keledi 2
Tshedimosetso 4 vs Itshupeng 1