Soccer tournament winners

2015-09-30 06:00
CELEBRATION: The Graanveld Primary School soccer team and their coaches celebrate with the trophy after they successfully defended the title by winning the 2015 u.10 South African Schools Football Association KFC Bethlehem Primary Schools Soccer Tour

CELEBRATION: The Graanveld Primary School soccer team and their coaches celebrate with the trophy after they successfully defended the title by winning the 2015 u.10 South African Schools Football Association KFC Bethlehem Primary Schools Soccer Tour

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BETHLEHEM. – The Graanveld Primary School and the Matswathaka Intermediate School are the champions of the 2015 u.10 and u.13 South African Schools Football Association’s (Safa) KFC Bethlehem Primary Schools Soccer Tournament respectively.

Both schools were awarded the championship trophy after they respectively defeated the Bohlokong Primary School and the Bethlehem Combined School in the finals of the contest at Du Plessis Park on Friday (25/9).

Graanveld narrowly defended their title by winning 6-5 on a penalty shootout after they played to a one-all draw in the allotted 40 minutes of the game, while Matswathaka beat Bethlehem Combined by 2-1. The winners of the tournament received a floating trophy, gold medals and R1 000 prize money, while the runners-up received silver medals for their hard work.

Four teams advanced to the final stage of the competition after they finished at the top of their respective streams.

Altogether 13 schools from Bethlehem took part in both the u.10 and u.13 division.

This tournament has been running for eight years and Jastina Motete, the KFC Bethlehem area manager, said they were happy with the professionalism which was displayed in the tournament over the years.

She said she was proud that KFC was sponsoring the tournament and added that they would keep on supporting the tournament.

“We know that young people are often attracted to bad things. So we decided to unite them through soccer once a year. We are hoping to produce players that will represent us at professional level,” she said.

Steven Modipa, the Graanveld mentor, said he was happy to defend the championship. “The boys played very well. They deserve the trophy. The tournament was very tough and playing the same team in the final like we did last year, was not a walk in the park. They gave us a run for our money,” he said.

The former Super Eagles player said it was not easy to work with u.10 players as it took time for them to adapt, but he said one should be patient with them.

“We get new players every year and I have to make sure that I guide them to where I need them to be. I am happy, however, to work with them because football is in my blood,” he said.

Lerato Mokhoaetsane, coach of Matswathaka, said he was happy with the way his team fought, regardless of them losing in the final. He said luck was not on their side and added that any team could have lost the game in the penalty shootout.

“We are hoping for a better outcome next year. We managed to play in the final for the second year and I am sure that we have learnt something.

We cannot afford to lose in the final every year,” he said

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