Local school Sinenzuzo defies the odds to represent SA at Nations Cup finals

2010-08-24 00:00

THE ongoing nationwide strike and lack of adequate resources may be unsettling Hammarsdale’s Sinenzuzo Primary School, but that has not dampened their spirits ahead of the Danone Nations Cup World finals where they will be representing the country.

Sinenzuzo, which was founded six years ago in Zibuse Village near Pietermaritzburg, defied the odds by beating schools from eight provinces to win the national tournament in Pretoria earlier this year. They beat Sada Primary of East London 3-0 in the finals.

The Danone World Cup, which runs from September 29 to October 3, will take place at Orlando Stadium in Gauteng.

Sinenzuzo teacher Mfanafuthi Majozi said: “The youngsters are excited about taking part in the World Cup. Coming from a rural and poverty-stricken village, participating in this kind of tournament will go a long way in shaping their careers and life in general.

“The ongoing workers’ strike is disturbing our preparations, but the little time we get is used to its best to prepare.”

Majozi said they would like to compete against professional teams in friendly matches; so far only Maritzburg United U13 have given them a friendly fixture.

“Since we don’t have sporting facilities, we rely on neighbours Phezulu High for their stadium.

“It’s difficult for these youngsters as they sometimes train without soccer boots or borrowed boots. Any form of sponsorship would be appreciated because we don’t want these leaders of tomorrow to lose hope when there’s no support coming through.”

While in Gauteng, the youngsters had a chance to chat with French legend Zinedine “Zizou” Zidane.

South Africa have won the World Cup twice previously. With home support on their side, Sinenzuzo have vowed to have a go at a historic third win.

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