Association gives all schools a chance to play

2009-10-06 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Boys’ High Schools’ Invitation Soccer Association (KZNISA) was formed two years ago. Most of the schools involved were formerly whites-only schools.

KZNISA gives players from these schools a chance of representing their provinces against similar sides from other provincial areas.

The U19A team that was selected to represent KZNISA at the beginning of the September holidays consisted of 12 black players among the team of 16, but they will not be eligible for the KZN U17 or U19 teams.

The schools that play soccer under the Department of Sport and Recreation umbrella include rural black schools, and unfortunately, there seems to be no communication between this body and the KZN- ISA. Thus the team that can provide players to eventually play in the SA U17 team and later to the SA U20 team will not be fully representative.

The School Sport Mass Participation Programme recently held a weekend of sport in Durban and while this was a very valuable exercise, participation in a number of sports was the prime aim of the programme and not to select provincial teams.

The SA U20 side have just been knocked out of the Fifa U20 World Cup in Port Said as they came third in their group and only the top two teams go through to the last round of 16. They drew with the United Arab­ Emirates (UAE) in the first game and lost against Hungary before beating Honduras in the last pool game. They ended on the same points as UAE but the latter go through as they have a better goal average. Hungary topped the group. One cannot but imagine how much better the performance could be if it included all the available soccer players­.

The KZNISA that went to Gauteng­ played three games winning two and losing to the Moroka Swallows team. The latter included some of their Premier players and some reserve Premier players.

In this game the KZN side lost 6-0, but they played better in the second half allowing the Swallows to score just one more goal, improving on the five goals they scored in the first half.

The one match against Southern Gauteng was cancelled but a tough game was played against the Northern Gauteng team and here KZN won 2-1. The first match was against a Tukkies U19 team, which the local lads won 2-0.

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