Kukhanya shines in tourney

2017-10-19 06:00
Thabo Makinana(cap), with the victorious Kukhanya Primary School team.

Thabo Makinana(cap), with the victorious Kukhanya Primary School team.

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The Kukhanya Primary School team, playing in the McDonalds Under 14 Schools League, have made their presence felt in the competition, although they could not get the ultimate prize of lifting the trophy.

The school, from Crossroads, finished third in the competition, held in Daveyton, Gauteng, about two weeks ago.

Players from the team were the centre of attention as Masibonge Jim was rewarded with the top goal scorer trophy.

Jim had put six goals behind the net and Mihlali Malgas walked away with the award for goalkeeper of the tournament.

Thabo Makinana, teacher and soccer team coach, said Jim, and Siyamamkela Maqungo were signed by Mamelodi Sundowns F.C for their development team and they are due to move to Gauteng next year.

Makinana also said AmaZulu F.C has shown interest in Malgas and Lisakhanya Mangwini, but the deal is yet to be finalised.

The school came back with a R10 000 cheque and sport kit.

The school first played against Batladi Secondary School from Limpopo and won 3-1, they then played against Gamohana Primary School from Northern Cape and won 2-0 and then they lost 2-1 against Glenwood Junior Primary School, from KwaZulu Natal.

They then beat Gamahona Primary 2-0 for third position.

Lesaooana Primary School from Free State was crowned the champions of the tournament while Glenwood Junior Primary School secured a second spot.

“It was a tough competition, but we pulled through. It was the first time a school from the province reached to the finals of the tournament. I am very happy. Even thou we did not win the competition, our players drew attention in the tournament.

Thabo Madlathu is also a coach of the team.

“He understands the players a lot. Mr Zondani from Zola High school is also always there for us. The school management is also very supportive,” Makinana said.

One of the lessons he learnt during the competition was that some schools had development teams which put them in good stead for the competition.

“I also want to start our own development for the school. We are going to recruit learners with potential to study at our school,” he added.

Malgas said the tournament was a good experience..

“It was not so hard for us. We have tried our best. AmaZulu promised to sign me for their development. That makes me happy, because it shows me that I have upgraded my skill of play,” he said.

Mangwini, the team’s captain, said they had enjoyed their run in the competition.

“It was a very good competition. We went all out to show our best performance. AmaZulu also promised to sign me. I am very excited. It has always been my wish to be a professional soccer player,” he added.

The team also had an opportunity to rub shoulders with soccer legends such as Doctor Khumalo, Mark Williams, Phil Masinga, Siphiwe Mkhonza and many others.

The school paved their way to the finals after beating primary and high schools in the province early in the year and continued with their winning spree in the Eastern Cape, about two months ago.

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