Bodikela beats New Horizon

2015-11-11 06:01
WINNERS: The Bodikela Primary School soccer team players, a BHM Bricks representative, the tournament organisers and a representative of the Department of Education with the floating trophy. Photo: Tladi Moloi

WINNERS: The Bodikela Primary School soccer team players, a BHM Bricks representative, the tournament organisers and a representative of the Department of Education with the floating trophy. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BETHLEHEM. – The Bodikela Primary School soccer team from Bohlokong near Bethlehem has successfully defended their title when they defeated the New Horizon College soccer team 1-0 in the finale of the second edition of the New Horizon College and BHM Bricks Football Tournament at Du Plesis Park on Thursday (05/11).

Bodikela won a floating trophy and gold medals while New Horizon got silver medals for the runner-up position.

The two teams advanced to the final stage of the tournament after they had dished out Caritas College, Bethlehem Combined, LK Nhlabathi Junior Secondary and Motshepua Intermediate respectively.

Bodikela beat Motshepua by 2-0 and LK Ntlabathi 1-0, while New Horizon knocked Caritas out by 2-0 and Bethlehem Combined by 1-0.

A total of 12 schools contested in different divisions in this year’s tournament, compared to the seven of last year. The schools competed in u.9, u.12 and u.14 boys divisions, while the soccer girls had only one division, namely u.13. This saw Impucuko Primary emerging as the champions after they defeated Nthute by 5-4. Thabang Primary won the u.9 division, while Matswathaka Intermediate were crowned the champions of the u.12 division.

Charles Molefe, Bodikela mentor, said he was happy with the way the boys had played. He said he had not expected them to win the tournament since he had already filled the u.13 players. “We will be competing in the McDonald u.14 division next year, so I decided to give the young boys a chance so that I could see if they would fit into my system. They played very well and I am confident that we will win the competition next year,” he said.

Molefe said he would like to thank the tournament organisers and added that they would love to see more sponsors coming to support the tournament.

Jomo Tshabalala, New Horizon coach, said he was satisfied that his boys had reached the finals. “We played against strong opponents who are used to this stage. They have represented the Free State in the national levels on numerous occasions and they proved again today that they are the best. However, the game lacked physical components because of the hot weather conditions. My boys looked exhausted and I believe we could have won the game if they had been used to such weather conditions,” he said.

Koos Pieterse, New Horizon College sports organiser, said the tournament was aimed at promoting football to all the children, especially the young ones.

“We want children to play football and let the strongest team win. We are happy that the number of participating schools has increased, compared to last year. We hope to host more schools next year. Children should participate in sport so that they can have a balanced life. It takes a healthy body to host a healthy mind,” said Pieterse.

Peet Fourie of BHM Brick said they had sponsored the tournament because they wanted to plough back into the community. He said he wanted to support the children of the people buying from their shop.

“We will continue to sponsor this tournament. We want to see it on television in the years to come. We would love to see a couple of the players at professional level, because these are our future stars,” Fourie said.

‘My boys looked exhausted and I believe we could have won if they had been used to such
weather conditions.’

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