A showcase of high-school football talent

2015-08-26 06:01
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2014 winners of the Maritzburg High Schools Football Association Cup - Carter High School.

PHOTO: supplied 2014 winners of the Maritzburg High Schools Football Association Cup - Carter High School.

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THE stage is set for the 2015 Maritzburg High Schools Football Association Cup, to be held at Carter High School on 5 and 6 September.

Tournament organiser, and AmaZulu/Sharks Academy Football manager Dan Haswell­, is looking forward to the talent on display.

“We started this tournament in 2011 with the belief that there is talent in the local schools that needed a platform and good level of competition. The aim of the tournament is obviously good high-school football, but also to unearth young players who can be seen by visiting scouts and coaches.

“Last year, two boys were awarded tertiary and football bursaries and that’s the kind of opportunity we are really positive about.”

The tournament has grown in size, increasing from just eight teams in 2011 to 20 teams in total, including girls.

“We added the girls section in 2012 and that’s really to note the growth in girls’ football at schools and to encourage it,” Haswell added.

The tournament has also drawn interest and support from local business and industry with Honchos Flame Grilled Chicken being title sponsors for a second year running. Media partner is Maritzburg Fever.

“We are thrilled to be part of this tournament again and look forward to unearthing some great talent,” said Honchos founder, Imtiaz Ebrahim.

Michael Dibben, director of soccer at Maritzburg College and the newly elected chairperson of the PMB High Schools Football Association, is also upbeat about the impending tournament.

“It has become the tournament for schools to win in the region because it involves all our local rivals. It’s also great to welcome schools from the greater PMB region such as Greytown, Ixopo and Wartburg. From a Maritzburg College perspective, we’ve had a few losses in the final and semi-finals so it’s one tournament we desperately want to win.”

Hosts and defending champions Carter High are determined to defend their trophy, said their director of sport, Ismail Kajee.

“It is a pleasure to be associated with such a well-run tournament.

“Of course we want to win it again and maybe our girls can make it a ‘double’ triumph for us, but at the end of the day it’s all about the football and the sport being the winner.”

The participating schools are currently involved in their regular fixtures and the FA Cup is the season-ending tournament.

The tournament draw to decide who will play against whom is on 28 August.

PMB High Schools FA Cup winners:

Boys:

2011 Ixopo High School

2012 Alexandra High School

2013 Alexandra High School

2014 Carter High School

Girls:

2012 Alexandra High School

2013 Haythorne Secondary

2014 Haythorne Secondary

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