Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sukuma Comprehensive school emerge as the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup provincial winners

Pietermaritzburg’s Sukuma Comprehensive School will be going to the national finals of the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup tournament for the first time next month, and they are adamant that they are not going there just to make up the numbers.

Their coach, Xolani Mpungose, said they will be playing their preferred style of moving the ball around, getting the combinations going, and they won’t let themselves be intimidated.

Sukuma earned the right to go to the nationals by beating Ingabade Secondary School on penalties in the final of the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup KwaZulu-Natal provincial final that took place at the Northhdale Stadium in Pietermaritzburg last weekend.  The sides were locked on 2-2 at the end of normal time.

“We won the provincial title not knowing much about our opponents so we didn’t let nerves get the better of us,” Mpungose said. “The nationals will be more difficult – we know there are academy teams there, with professional coaches, but we will not let that affect us.”

Sukuma has been participating in the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup for years with limited success so winning this year has turned the players into heroes at the school.  “The school teachers and pupils have been amazing.  We even held a special assembly for the team just to show them appreciation and to acknowledge their hard work.”

The only school the coach had any knowledge on prior to the provincials was Umqhele, who won the provincial finals back in 2011.  “We were drawn in the same group as Umqhele but managed to beat them 1-0 in our second game, which settled us down and the team began to play the type of football that we have taught them. We always emphasise how important it is for players to work as a team and not play for individual glory,” Mpungose said.

The coach singled out two players who performed very well on the day. “Our goalkeeper, Lindokuhle Lamula, outdid himself on Saturday, I hope that he plays the same at national level, and our captain Mandla Dlamini, was great at centre back and he inspired the team.”

As provincial champions the school won R100 000 to spend on projects at the school and, although the SGB still needs to be consulted, Mpungose feels the funds should be used to purchase computers to offer the students computer science, which is currently not on offer at the school.  “We will run this past the players as well.  Most of them are in grade 12 and will be leaving the school, so we should ask them what kind of legacy they want to leave behind,” he said.

Now, it’s full steam ahead in preparation for the national finals in Gauteng in two week’s time.
“People should expect the same type of football that we showcased at the provincials, team work is very important to us,” Mpungose said. “Hopefully the players will not suffer from stage fright.  We will be playing a lot of practise matches over the next few weeks. We don’t have much time to prepare the team but we will try our level best to make sure that they are good and ready.”

All the schools will be there to win, Mpungose said and they will be working hard to make sure that they achieve that goal. “I want to congratulate the team for their provincial win.  They made me proud to be their coach. The national finals are a learning curve for us, win or lose they will gain something from the experience.”

Sebenzakusakha 0 vs Wembezi 0
Guzana 0 vs Empangeni 1
Umthwazi 0 vs Zwelethu 4
Sukuma 2 vs Reitvlei 0
Ingabade 4 vs Sebenzakusakha 0
Sihle 0 vs Guzana 2
Umthwazi 0 vs Dingukwazi 1
Sukuma 1 vs Umqhele 0
Ingabade 1 vs Wembezi 1
Empangeni 1 vs Sihle 1
Zwelethu 3 vs Dingukwazi 3
Umqhele 0 vs Reitvlei 2
Ingabade 5 vs Zwelethu 0
Sukuma 5 vs Empangeni 0

Sukuma 2 (8) vs Ingabade 2 (7)

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