Kukhanya on the verge of glory

2017-09-07 06:00
Thabo Makinana, teacher and soccer team coach (in front), Nolufefe Racula, teacher and soccer team after they won the cup in East London.PHOTO: Supplied

Thabo Makinana, teacher and soccer team coach (in front), Nolufefe Racula, teacher and soccer team after they won the cup in East London.PHOTO: Supplied

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Kukhanya Primary School’s unstoppable soccer team has overwhelmed three other provinces to win in the Under 14 McDonalds Schools League, which was held in East London a fortnight ago.

The school from Crossroads represented the Western Cape in the SASFA Under 14 McDonalds Schools League.

Other participants included the Northern and Eastern Cape, both being former champions respectively.

Thabo Makinana, a teacher and team coach, said the competition was like a walk in the park for his charges.

“No school has given us any tough time. We reached the finals of the competition at the national level according to plan. It means we are able to plan right. We are the first school from the province to reach national competition in two years. We are very happy,” Makinana said.

The team tally is 14 goals, and in three other matches we did no concede a goal.

They first beat St Helena Bay Primary School by 6-0, they then beat Zwelihle Primary School 4-0 and crushed A.H Barnard Primary School 4-0 in the finals.

Now they get to keep the trophy and their soccer kit.

The team is now preparing for the finals which will be played in Vosloorus, Gauteng from 4 to 7 October.

Makinana said they will show no respect for the finalists from all nine provinces which will participate in the competition.

“We are busy preparing already.

We beat New Eisleben High School 6-1 during a friendly match on Friday.

We are going to play other schools as well to check our fitness.

We are also going to play a team which will consist of the best players from different schools,” he added.

Masibonge Jim was crowned the top goal scorer of the competition as he scored five goals while Siyamamkela Maqungo was announced as best player after he also scored five goals.

The duo was lucky enough to be selected to study at McDonalds School of Excellence, in Gauteng from next year.

Maqungo said being selected to study at the school of excellence means something big for him.

“My mother is also happy and she encouraged me to do my best. I am positive that my team will win in the finals for the competition,” he said.

The school also plays in the Gugulethu Nyanga Crossroads Philippi League.

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