Schools battle it out

2017-08-30 06:01

The inaugural Lemo Cup football tournament for schools Football tournament featuring boys’ teams has reached a climax.

Four school teams beat out 20 others to make it through to the semi-final.

The four schools that will be contending for the title are the high schools of Lekhulong, Navalsig, Brebner and the HTS Louis Botha.

The four teams secured their semi-final slots after the gruelling quarterfinal matches were played on Friday (25/08) at the Mangaung Sports Centre in Bloemfontein.

The team of Lekhulong is from the township, while Brebner, Louis Botha and Navalsig are located in the city.

Lekhulong, a dark horse in the event, has been pitted against Navalsig, while favourites Brebner and Louis Botha will meet in another semi-final encounter.

The semi-final matches take place at the Mangaung Sports Centre today (30/08). The final will be played on Friday, 8 September.

The first semi-final fixture between Lekhulong and Navalsig is set to kick off at 14:45, followed by the clash between Brebner and Louis Botha at 15:50.

The players of Lekhulong had to dig deep into their reserves to beat township rival Kopanong by 3-2 in their quarterfinal which saw the latter school gifted away a 2-0 advantage in the second stanza. In another quarterfinal fixture, Louis Botha secured a narrow 1-0 win over Bainsvlei.

Both Brebner and Navalsig had to compete in penalty shootouts to advance to the semi-final. They were gridlocked with their equally-determined opponents, Vulamasango and Atlehang, after regulation time.

Brebner beat Atlehang by 5-4 on penalties (8-7 aggregate) after they ended on 3-3. Navalsig beat Vulamasango by 10-9 on penalties after their match ended 1-1.

The semi-finalists continued their journey to hunt for the glory of the Lemo Schools Cup tournament which commenced on 2 August.The top-three teams will each receive prizes in sport attire.

The champions will be awarded with attire worth R20 000, along with the floating trophy.

The runners-up will be awarded with attire to the value of R10 000, and the third place of R5 000.

The top-three teams will also receive gold, silver and bronze medals.

Exclusive for high schools within Bloemfontein and funded by the Lemo Mall, this competition is an initiative of the Free State Department of Education.

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