Sokhanyo team shines twice

2017-06-29 06:02
Sokhanyo Primary School soccer team which won two trophies in a space of a month. Coach Buyelekhaya Maphetshana is in green, extreme right.

Sokhanyo Primary School soccer team which won two trophies in a space of a month. Coach Buyelekhaya Maphetshana is in green, extreme right.

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Sokhanyo Primary Schhol soccer team is riding the crest of the wave after winning two tournaments in succession.

First, they were crowned champions in the Masidlale Spur tournament for 2017 on May 10.

Then on May 27th, they received the trophy in the Siyavuselela Councillor’s Cup.

Buyelekhaya Mapetshana, the coach, said his squad overhwelmed Sonwabo Primary School 2-0 in the finals, which were played at NY 49 stadium.

Sonwabo Primary School are the 2016 champions.

“That competition was tough. We started very bad, but at the end we were crowed champions,” Mapetshana said.

The school won a trophy.

The players are also set to be escorts for players of Ajax Cape Town when they play a home game which is yet to be announced in the 2017/2018 season.

Their prize also includes eating out at Spur restaurant. They first won Masidlale competition in 2014.

The competition, which includes 10 primary schools in the area, started 14 years ago.

The team beat Vuyani 1-0 on the final for the Councillor’s Cup.

Mapetshana said the competition was also not easy for them.

“The pressure was very high for me at first. I am honoured as coach that I was able to lead the team to the finals and that we won.

The wins make other learners to want to participate in the sport. We are trying to take children away from the corners. We are happy for making change in the lives of those children that we are able to get hold of. We believe that if children can be involved in sport they will be away from trouble,” he added.

Mapetshana said they wish to take part in other competitions such as the KFC Trophy and the Danone Cup competition for schools in future.

“Our problem currently is transport. That is why we are not participating in the two competitions. We are appealing to anyone who can help us with transport,” he added.

Thembelihle Nana, 12, the captain, said the wins have boosted their confidence and that they want to win more.

“Team work was good for us. The competitions were tough. We want to continue winning more competitions. We need assistance with transport, because we have to walk long distances when we have to play,” Nana said. The school also has netball team which is putting up a good fight.

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