Kuyakhaya scoops Danone cup

2019-05-30 06:00
Kuyakhanya Primary School player makes his way through a group of St Helenabaai players in the finals.

Kuyakhanya Primary School player makes his way through a group of St Helenabaai players in the finals.

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Kuyakhanya Primary School, in Crossroads, will be jetting off to Johannesburg to represent the province in the Danone National u.12 Soccer Tournament.

The team won the provincial leg of the competition at Steenberg High School over the weekend after thrashing St Helenabaai Primary School 3-1 in the final.

The boys from Crossroads made it into the finals after finishing on top of six-team-group with four wins and a draw, while St Helenabaai finished second.

They squared up in the final. Taking part in the contest for the first time and playing against experienced St Helenabaai, Kuyakhanya had nothing to lose going into the match.

They went into the lead early in the match with a goal from Ambesa Mawisa. The goal spurred a comeback by St Helenabaai thanks to their talisman, Goosen Denzil who started controlling the midfield, creating opportunity after opportunity which surprised the Kuyakhanya defenders.

St Helenabaai equalised through a fantastic assist from Goosen, when he won the ball in his half, ran the length of the field and fed Eviwe Petrose who equalised.

From there onwards it was St Helenabaai who attacked through the middle utilising Goosen and Kuyakhanya who attacked the flanks through Mihlali Tokwe on the right and Siyema Bless and Phumlani Baku on the left who fed Lwazi Mtshemla in the centre.

Midway through the game, Zenande Matolweni restored the lead for Kuyakhanya and at the end of the game Lwazi Mtshemla finished off the game with a 3-1 victory.

Both teams played great football and Kuyakhanya were the deserved winners being the only unbeaten team in the tournament.

Coach Thabo Modlatu was elated when his team won the trophy. “I have been at the school for three years now and I have to admit that my team this year is something else. They are dedicated, disciplined and determined which has made it easy to coach them. The hard work has paid off as they will be traveling to Gauteng now to compete in the nationals. I am so proud of them and they deserve this accolade. They are an inspiration to all young footballers.”

Preparations for the national finals will begin this week. “The national finals are three weeks away, which is not long, and I need to prepare them the best that I can. I am arranging three competitive games a week to make sure the boys have experience which will help steady the nerves.

“I have never attended a national final, but I can guarantee there will be tough opposition there. It will not be easy.”

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