Schools tourney a chance for emerging football talent

2013-11-06 14:59

The fifth edition of the Metropolitan SA Schools Football Association (Sasfa) under-16 has been launched.

The top 18 schools from across the country will face off at the Seshego Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo, from December 3 to 7.

The ultimate champions qualify for the 2015 International Schools Soccer Federation championships.

The four-day event is seen by the province as a curtain raiser to the upcoming CAF African Nations Championships in January, of which Polokwane is one of the host cities.

A new trophy was also unveiled during the draw in Sandton today after Rosina Sedibane School from Laudium in Pretoria claimed the last three editions of the Sasfa tournament.

Sedibane, which has been nominated for this year’s SA Sports Awards for best school, have been to international competitions in Brazil, Turkey and France.

They didn’t qualify for this year’s event.

It has been a long road travelled by the teams in the tournament which kicked off early this year with 1500 teams, later winding down to 18 with two winners emerging from each of the nine provinces.

This year’s tournament will also pay tribute to the late Andani Kutama who died while representing an academy from Limpopo during the national finals in KwaZulu Natal last year.

The organisers have named the top scorers’ award in his honour.

Sasfa president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko said thorough medical measures have been put in place to counter any eventualities at the Limpopo event.

“We have Fifa medico Dr Victor Ramathesele who will be assisting us so that every medical aspect will be attended to.”

Mazibuko said some of the best stories of the tournament were not told, especially those of the players who came through the flagship schools competition.

“It is an organised platform for them to be scouted. We pride ourselves that we have more than one player at PSL clubs who came through these ranks.”

Some of the current professional players who came through the schools tournament are SuperSport United striker Thabo Moloi and Bloemfontein Celtic’s Lerato Manzini.

Mazibuko also warned of the stringent measures that were in place to help deal with the age-cheating scourge that often creeps in at these kinds of tournaments.

“We have a database in place to track players and we rely upon the media to help identify cheats,” said Mazibuko.

The schools competition is also used by the sponsors to empower the players by means of conducting life skills programmes during the event.

Said Belinda Faulkner, Metropolitan brand executive: “We don’t only create a platform for the boys to play, but we assist with life skills programmes through the workshops. We also assist them to make their own brands.”

The full draw:


Tigerkloof Combined (North West)

Emthonjeni Wolwazi (KwaZulu Natal)

Matsambu (Limpopo)

Sunvalley (Western Cape)

Zendeling (Mpumalanga)


Sport School of Excellence (Gauteng)

Ntsu Secondary (Free State)

Gatelapele Secondary (North West)

Buthathubunye High (KwaZulu Natal)

Tikhontele High (Mpumalanga)


Charles Morgan (Eastern Cape)

Kakamas High (Northern Cape)

JHB Secondary (Gauteng)

HTS Louis Botha (Free State)


Benny’s Care (Limpopo)

Beaufort West Secondary (Western Cape)

Zamokuhle (Eastern Cape)

Gamohama Secondary (Northern Cape)

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