Steynville wins

2015-06-10 06:02
THE team of the Steynville High School celebrates their victory.

THE team of the Steynville High School celebrates their victory. Photo: Supplied

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High School from Hopetown in the Pixley ka Seme District won the title of the Copa Coca-Cola Tournament as they unleashed their deadliest arsenal to wreck havoc on the minds of players of other schools. It beat its opponent, the Kimberley Technical High School, with 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out.

The team has, among its best players, a diminutive and sleek player in the mould of Lionel Messi, who is called Dirquin Storm, also known as “The Queen of Storm”.

Every time this player applied his touch to the ball, the crowd in the Galeshewe Stadium stood up in applause – this included supporters of the opposing side.

The schools from five districts of the Northern Cape gave a good account of themselves and although they could not all be winners, the team from Steynville emerged as a worthy victor and a good representative of the province at the national final to be played later this year.

According to Elikana Mutsharini, a deputy president of the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) and the provincial co-ordinator of Copa Coca-Cola, the tournament was a success.

The day was fantastic, with players showing raw talent and entertaining the fans, he said.

“I know that there were scouts of development teams here today and I hope they saw what talent we have in these boys,” said Mutsharini.

In congratulating the all-conquering Steynville High School, Mutsharini said that he would like them to represent the province well at the national finals and bring home the R100 000 prize on offer.

“As Sasfa Northern Cape we are all behind them. I know that scouts of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and ABC Motsepe development teams will attend the final.”

Asked to single out any outstanding player in the tournament, Mutsharini did not hesitate with his pick.

“Storm, that boy I heard fans baptising ‘The Queen of Storm’, mesmerised the opponents and his silky skills and ball control kept us on tenterhooks.

“We thank all participating schools for their role in youth development.”

John Bennet, a teacher and the soccer coach at the school, expressed his joy about the achievement of his boys.

“It is a great achievement for our school and it will be the first time that we go to the national tournament. Indeed, this crop of boys showed character and if they can show the same character at the final, the possibilities are that they will perform better at the nationals,” Bennet said.

Parents of the players attended the game and Bennet expressed the hope that more parents and community members would accompany the team to the finals.

“Apart from Storm, I was also impressed by Lucin Mouton, our number nine. And big ups to our goal keeper, Hershell Mentoor, for having parried that ball.”

Here he referred to the penalty shoot-out that decided the game

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