Sukuma Kay Motsepe School KZN champs

2015-09-24 06:00
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Sukuma Comprehensive High School are the winners of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Kay Motsepe Schools Cup after the tournament that was at Northdale Stadium at the weekend. The school will now face winners of ther provinces in th

PHOTO: BackpagePix Sukuma Comprehensive High School are the winners of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Kay Motsepe Schools Cup after the tournament that was at Northdale Stadium at the weekend. The school will now face winners of ther provinces in th

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PIETERMARITZBURG’S Sukuma Comprehensive School is headed for Kay Motsepe Schools Cup national finals in Guateng after emerging as the provincial winners of the tournament at the weekend.

After successfully wrestling the cup away from Ingabade Secondary School from Nyanyadu near Dannhauser, Sukuma are adamant that they are not going there just to make up the numbers.

Their coach, Xolani Mpungose, said they will be playing their preferred style of moving the ball around, getting the combinations going, and they won’t let themselves be intimidated.

Sukuma earned the right to go to the nationals by beating Ingabade on penalties after they were locked on 2-2 at the end of normal time of the final that took place at the Northhdale Stadium at the weekend.

“We won the provincial title not knowing much about our opponents, so we didn’t let nerves get the better of us,” Mpungose said.

“The nationals will be more difficult – we know there are academy teams there, with professional coaches, but we will not let that affect us.”

Sukuma has been participating in the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup for years with limited success, so winning this year has turned the players into heroes at the school.

“The school teachers and pupils have been amazing. We even held a special assembly for the team just to show them appreciation and to acknowledge their hard work.”

The only school the coach had any knowledge on prior to the provincials was Umqhele, who won the provincial finals back in 2011.

“We were drawn in the same group as Umqhele but managed to beat them 1-0 in our second game, which settled us down and the team began to play the type of football that we have taught them. We always emphasise how important it is for players to work as a team and not play for individual glory,” Mpungose said.

The coach singled out two players who performed very well on the day. “Our goalkeeper, Lindokuhle Lamula, outdid himself on Saturday. I hope he plays the same at national level, and our captain Mandla Dlamini was great at centre back and inspired the team.”

As provincial champions the school won R100 000 to spend on projects at the school and, although the school governing body still needs to be consulted, Mpungose feels the funds should be used to purchase computers to offer pupils computer science, which is currently not on offer at the school.

“We will run this past the players as well. Most of them are in Grade 12 and will be leaving the school, so we should ask them what kind of legacy they want to leave behind,” he said.

Now, it’s full steam ahead in preparation for the national finals in Gauteng in two week’s time.

“People should expect the same type of football that we showcased at the provincials, team work is very important to us,” Mpungose said. “Hopefully the players will not suffer from stage fright. We will be playing a lot of practise matches over the next few weeks. We don’t have much time to prepare the team but we will try our level best to make sure that they are good and ready.”

Mpungose said all the schools will be there to win and they will be working hard to make sure that they achieve that goal.

“I want to congratulate the team for their provincial win. They made me proud to be their coach.

“The national finals are a learning curve for us, win or lose they will gain something from the experience.”

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