Football with a cause

2018-05-17 06:00
Silukhanyo Primary School (Gold T-shirt) thumped Solomon Qatyana Primary School 7-6 on penalties on Saturday, 12 May at Lwandle Sports Complex.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

Silukhanyo Primary School (Gold T-shirt) thumped Solomon Qatyana Primary School 7-6 on penalties on Saturday, 12 May at Lwandle Sports Complex.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

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Penalties were the decider when the soccer teams of two local primary schools locked horns at Lwandle Sports Complex on Saturday 12 May.

Silukhanyo Primary School battled it out with Solomon Qatyana Primary School in the final.

After the enterprising game ended in a goalless draw, the outcome of the encounter was decided through the spot kicks.

After five penalty rounds, the score was 4-4, with both teams missing one kick.

It was left to the decider, which Silukhanyo eventually won 3-2. The penalty score ended on 7-6.

The games saw six primary schools of the area vying for the bragging rights of being crowned champions of the local schools.

A triumphant Xolisa Godwana of Silukhanyo Primary told City Vision that the victory meant a lot to the school.

“This is a great victory to us, as we were wary of our opponents,” he said.

“These young boys all know one another and play for different clubs in the community. We want to thank the community for ensuring that our children are involved in sport and stay fit.”

Sazi Ngwantshu, coach and teacher at Solomon Qatyana Primary, applauded his team for their resilience throughout their three matches.

“The boys did very well, considering they had won two matches earlier and had to play the final without much rest,” he said.

“They showed great character and even managed to draw with their opponents in the final, who had not played earlier as they was on standby.”

Ngwantshu felt his boys had “tried their best and wanted to win”, and congratulated Silukhanyo Primary on their victory.

“This is a great initiative as it has helped keep these children from the social ills in the community; instead they played football,” he said.

The tournament was organised by Simthembile Mfecane, councillor of Ward 85, to raise awareness of child killings after the brutal murder of five-year-old Minentle XXX in June last year. “Our aim is not only to play soccer, but raise awareness about such incidents,” he said.

“Around this time last year an innocent child was murdered in this area. We want our children to remember that and know they should always be wary of those around them.”

Mfecane urged learners to focus on education and sport, which goes “hand in hand”.

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