Louis Botha does it again

2016-08-31 06:00
JUBILANT Louis Botha Technical High School players celebrate after being crowned this year’s Free State leg new Copa Coca-Cola champions with Hareaipha “Simba” Marumo, sponsor ambassador (far left).

JUBILANT Louis Botha Technical High School players celebrate after being crowned this year’s Free State leg new Copa Coca-Cola champions with Hareaipha “Simba” Marumo, sponsor ambassador (far left).

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THE gutsyLouis Botha Technical High School from Bloemfontein reigned supreme at the final of this year’s Free State leg of the Copa Coca-Cola u.15 boys’ schools tournament, beating five opponents to lift the trophy. The opponents were Samuel Johnson, Diamanthoogte, Bodikela, Bongani­Lebohang and Welkom High.

Louis Botha out-gunned Bongani-Lebohang 2-0 in the final fixture of the provincial final staged in Bloemfontein last Saturday (27/08). They reached the final after they saw off Diamant and Samuel Johnson, beating them both 2-0 in the semi-final fixtures. Runner-up Bongani- Lebohang set up an intriguing final against the Bloemfontein boys, beating Bodikela 2-1 and drawing 1-1 with Welkom High. Louis Botha proved too strong in the final against Bongani-Lebohang, scoring a convincing 2-0 win to lift the u.15 schools’ boys’ championship.

This is Louis Botha’s third win of the competition, with the first being in 2011 when it was the u.18 group, and the second in 2014 when the u.15 squad also took the honours. The victorious champions ended the one-day competition unbeaten, much to the delight of current head coach Norman Ngomba, who was part of the 2011 team that had also won the national leg of the u.18s.

Having won the Free State leg, the Louis Botha boys have qualified for this year’s national championship that will feature the winning school teams of the nine provinces. Already through to the national final are the following high schools: J.G Zuma (KwaZulu-Natal), Are-fahadimeng (North West), Rosina Sedibane (Gauteng), Orion High (Northern Cape), Zamokuhle (Eastern Cape) and Desmond Impilo Tutu (Western Cape).

“Our focus is to do well at the nationals and reaching the final will be exceptional,” said Ngomba.

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