Soccer neophytes now champs

2016-06-16 06:00
 Left: Encotsheni Primary School attacker Lwazi Mvo tussling with St Helena player Ntlahla Mva during the Danone Cup final last Saturday.

Left: Encotsheni Primary School attacker Lwazi Mvo tussling with St Helena player Ntlahla Mva during the Danone Cup final last Saturday.

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St Helena Bay Primary School are the Western Cape provincial champions in the under-12 Danone Nations Cup competition, after beating Encotsheni Primary in a penalty shoot-out at the provincial finals last weekend.

It was a day when half of the games were decided on penalties and St Helena proved to be the kings, as proved by four of their games.

Making it to the national finals is a great feat for St Helena Bay, after only joining the league in 2015.

Coach Masibulele Ntanjana said he had persuaded the principal of the traditionally rugby-playing school to introduce soccer in 2013.

Since then, it has been a case of teaching the rules to the players, who had never played the game before. “The games were very challenging and many of the players had stage fright,” he said.

Ntanjana even introduced the players to club soccer to orientate them to the sport.

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