Four teams remain

2019-09-04 06:03

The Lemo Mall High Schools Football Tournament for boys u.18 is at its climax with four teams remaining to compete for the prizes at stake.

The four teams qualified for the semi-final at HTS Louis Botha in Bloemfontein, today (04/09) at 15:00.

The semi-finalists are two-time champions Louis Botha, Grey College, Navalsig and Lekhulong. The semi-final will determine the two finalists and other two to compete for the third-place prize of R10 000 with the winner and the runner-up guaranteed R30 000 and R20 000, respectively.

Grey hammered Hodisa by 4 – 2 to secure a slot in the semi-final while Louis Botha beat St Bernard’s by 3 – 0.

In the other quarterfinal, Navalsig fought hard to overcome gutsy Tsoseletso by 6 – 4 after a penalty shoot-out. The two sides were gridlocked 2-all after regulation time and they forced to determine the winner via penalty shoot-out. The quarterfinal fixtures were played at Grey College on Friday (30/08). In today’s semi-final matches all eyes will be on the fixture between defending champions Louis Botha and steady improving Grey College, who are coached by former SuperSport captain Richardo Katza, who had 19 caps playing for South Africa’s national senior men’s team Bafana Bafana.

This is the first time Grey reached this stage of the competition which is dominated by Louis Botha from the 32 schools that have participated in it over the last two years. Under the mentorship of Katza, Grey could cause an upset as they would want to write their history in football competitions in the region. Grey College showed they have great potential to succeed having already reached the first final this year – within a year with Katza in charge. The first-ever final was the Engen Knockout Challenge u.17 which they lost to the Moroka Hostel Academy in July. Grey lost by 4 – 0 to the champion in the finals.

The other semi-final will see the 2017 runner-up Navalsig battle against Lekhulong for a spot in the final. Navalsig, who lost by 2 – 0 to Louis Botha in the 2017-final would want to redeem themselves by reaching this year’s final.

Such attainment would put them in a good position to possibly seek revenge against the defending champions, Louis Botha, who have a tough assignment against a gutsy Grey College soccer team.

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