Schools from Kwa-Mashu and Kokstad will represent KZN at the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup National football Finals
The future of South African football lies in the hands of youth tournaments such as the under-19 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup, sponsored by the Motsepe Foundation and Sanlam. Players are identified, placed into development programmes and nurtured. A fine example is Percy Tau. Mamelodi Sundowns scouts found this young rough diamond, brought him to Tshwane, placed him in Clapham High School, where he played in instrumental part in helping the school win the lucrative tournament, and now competes for both Bafana Bafana and is making waves at Belgian club, Brugge KV.
The possibility of being identified in the 2019 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup is exciting for the young players from Dr JL Dube and Mount Currie High School who will be representing KwaZulu-Natal in the National Finals taking place at the University of the Free State (Kovsies) from 23rd to 27th September.
Dr JL Dube won the KZN provincial finals and the R100 000 that goes with it and automatic qualification to the national finals. The school is in Kwa-Mashu and this is the second time that they have qualified for the nationals.
Coach Nhlanhla Makhwasa is a highly qualified teacher with a passion for helping children reach their potential in a safe, fun-filled environment and football is a perfect activity to do that, he believes, and this is what drove him to take up coaching.
The team is hard at work preparing for the nationals. “We need to remember that we want the boys to become the best players they can possibly be, and the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup creates an environment for them to succeed. We are playing friendly matches with the surroundings clubs to give them the best opportunity to excel at the national finals.
There are three players who Makhwasa believes will be key to them in Bloemfontein. They are Philani Sithebe (midfielder), Langa Mhlongo (midfielder) and Mxolisi Mthiya (striker).
Mount Currie High School, from Kokstad in the Harry Gwala District, came second at the KZN provincial finals and they will also be going to the nationals. The school has been competing since 2012, but this is the first time that they qualified for the national finals
Their coach, Mr John Motsa, started soccer at Mount Currie. Before that there was no sport at the school. Motsa has a SAFA Introductory level coaching qualification obtained in 2008, a SAFA level one qualification completed in 2011 and CAF A certificate obtained in 2016. A contributing factor to their success this year is preparation. “In the past the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup was the only tournament we entered the entire year. This year we have registered for the local league and we compete in different tournaments. It has made a huge difference to our performance. Learning is one of the key elements of success. The game is continuously changing and we need to accept that fact and adapt accordingly.”
The provincial finals were tough, admitted Motsa. “We competed against some excellent teams, but this is our year and we are ready for the nationals.” The key players that they will be looking to are Benny Makhetha (central striker), Zukisani Ngubane(striker) and Motsa’s son, Sisipho Motsa , who is the goalkeeper and is also the captain.
The national finals promise to be spectacular with 18 teams competing for the ultimate prize of R1million, making the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup, sponsored by the Motsepe Foundation and Sanlam, the competition with the biggest prize money in Africa at under-19 level. The runners-up will take home R600 000, third place and fourth place finishers get R500 000 and R400 000 respectively. On top of this the nine Provincial winners will each receive R100 000. The winnings are not handed over in cash but spent on legacy projects identified by the winning schools.
PROVINCIAL FINAL WINNERS TO DATE:
WINNER: John Ramsay High School
RUNNER-UP: Beauford West Secondary School
Great Karoo Region
WINNER: Maria Louw Senior Secondary School
Enoch Mgijima Municipality
RUNNER-UP: Jojo Senior Secondary
Alfred Nzo Municipality
WINNER: Okiep HS
RUNNER-Up: Blinkklip HS
ZF Mgcawu Municipality
WINNER: Tshikota High School
Tshikota (Louis Trichardt)
RUNNER-UP: Ditlalemeso Secondary School
WINNER: Rosina Sedibane
RUNNER-UP: Clapham HS
WINNER: Dr JL Dube High School
RUNNER-UP: Mount Currie Senior Secondary School
Harry Gwala District
WINNER: Khula Senior Secondary School
RUNNER-UP: Siphokuhle Secondary School
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