New Cross lads bring back cup

2018-10-18 06:03
Nomlinganiselo Primary School’s u12 Danone Nations Champions poses with their trophy. On the left, behind is coach Ntokozo Mazi, and extreme right, also educator Boyce Nkunkwana. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Nomlinganiselo Primary School’s u12 Danone Nations Champions poses with their trophy. On the left, behind is coach Ntokozo Mazi, and extreme right, also educator Boyce Nkunkwana. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Nomlinganiselo Primary School in New Crossroads has made history after being crowned the champions of u12 Danone Nations Cup tournament, which was held in the Gauteng Province recently.

The school won the tournament after beating Charles Morgan Primary School from the Eastern Cape 4-3 on penalties after the game ended in a goalless draw.

Nomlinganiselo will be the first school in the Western Cape secure the cup and will represent the country in Spain next year.

Teacher and coach Ntokozo Mazwi described their journey to the top as very tough.

“Discipline, dedication and hard work are what made my boys win the competition. Besides training from Monday to Thursday, I made sure that they were mentally fit to be pysched up for what lay ahead.

He said they went to the tournament as underdogs. “No one expected us to win. But because of the zeal and character showed by our players, we managed to come back with a trophy,” he said.

However, he said despite coming from a disadvantaged background, with poor school facilities, they have managed to put the school and their community on the map.

“On arrival(back from the tourney) we received a warm welcome from the school. People were waiting for us outside the school to welcome us, including parents. Classes had to be disrupted because everyone wanted to see us,” said Mazwi.

Team captain Anathi Tawuwa, 12, said they enjoyed the competition and urged people to support them.

“The coach told us to play our game which is carpet football and enjoy ourselves. And he told us we mustn’t play too much long balls,” said Tawuwa.

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