YB20 champions fight for gold

2016-06-22 06:00
CHAMPIONS: The players of the Tsebo Secondary School celebrate after they won the YB20 Soccer Tournament at the Bluegumbosch Stadium in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa. Photo: Tladi Moloi

CHAMPIONS: The players of the Tsebo Secondary School celebrate after they won the YB20 Soccer Tournament at the Bluegumbosch Stadium in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – The Tsebo Secondary School has defeated the Mohato Secondary School by 2-0 in the lottery of penalties to become the champions of the inaugural YB20 Soccer Tournament.

This was after the two teams had played to a 1-1 draw in the 90 minutes of the finale at the Bluegumbosch Stadium in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa, on Saturday (18/06).

Tsebo was presented with a trophy and gold medals with the Mohato boys earning silver medals for being the runners-up.

The two schools advanced to the final of the tournament after they had defeated the Nkarabeng Secondary School from Kestell and the Kgethatsebo Secondary School from Harrismith in the semifinals of the one-day competition.

Tsebo narrowly beat Nkarabeng by 1-0, while Mohato defeated Kgethatsebo by 2-0.

Malefane Maboya, the champions’ coach, said he was proud with the hard work that the players had displayed during the tournament.

He said the tournament had been competitive, with all the schools targeting the trophy.

“We knew it would not be an easy tournament, but my boys fought with everything they had. I wish we could have a big and better tournament next season. I want to thank the organisers for what they have done for our schools” he said.

Moeketsi Mofokeng, Mohato’s mentor, said he was disappointed with his boys who had missed the penalties during the shootout.

“We did practice penalties and those that were missed, were the best takes. However, they have worked hard. We have learnt from the tournament and I am sure that we can do better next year.

“Tsebo was better than us on penalties and they deserved a win,” he said.

Motseki Mabuya, the chairman of the YB20, said they had hosted the tournament at the Vaal last year and now they had come to Thabo Mofutsanyana.

He said to him the competition had been a homecoming project to give back to his homeland.

“We have selected the squad that will play against the Vaal team soon. I was delighted with the talent that I have witnessed and we are looking forward to making a league,” Mabuya said.

We knew it would not be an easy tournament, but my boys fought with everything they had. I wish we could have a big and better tournament next season.

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