Molapo lifts the trophy

2016-09-07 06:00
THE soccer team of the Molapo Secondary School celebrates with the trophy after winning the Free State u.19 Mr Price Sport Schools’ Tournament          Photo: Tladi Moloi

THE soccer team of the Molapo Secondary School celebrates with the trophy after winning the Free State u.19 Mr Price Sport Schools’ Tournament Photo: Tladi Moloi

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HARRISMITH. – The Molapo Secondary School hammered the Seotlong Agri­cultural School by 4-0 to lift the trophy in the 2016 Free State u.19 Mr Price Sport Schools’ Soccer Tournament.

The two schools from Qwaqwa battled it out in a one-sided final recently played in the Platberg Stadium in Harrismith.

For their victory, Molapo received gold medals and a trophy, while Seotlong secured silver medals for finishing as the runners-up.

Both teams cruised to the final after knocking out Mohato Secondary and Manthatisi Secondary.

Molapo knocked Mohato out of the tournament in the first semifinal by beating them by 4-1, while Seotlong beat Manthatisi by 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out after having played to a 1-1 draw at full time.

The four schools that played in the semifinals were the winners of their respective streams, as the league was played on a points system.

However, Seotlong had to battle it out in the preliminary game against the Harrismith-based Sasamala Secondary School to book a place in the semifinals.

Zakes Mosikatsana, head coach of the champions, said the ability to score goals had helped his outfit to lift the trophy.

He said they had known what was needed to win the tournament, since they had lost in the finals the past three seasons.

“We played against strong opponents, but the fact that we could score goals, was key. We won most of our games with a bigger margin and one can attest to it that it has never been easy for a team to win a final by 4-0,” Mosikatsana said.

He said he wanted to thank the players for the dedication and hard work they had put in throughout the tournament.

Raven Maharaj, sponsorship manager, said he was encouraged by the hard work put in by the organisers. This bodes well for the future of school sports.

“We can learn from Bongani Chabalala (senior education specialist in the Thabo Mofutsanyana Department of Education) and his team, especialy for what we want to do for this country in school sports,” Maharaj said.

He said he was happy with what he had seen during the tournament.

“The talent here is going to get bigger and better. Everything was perfect.”

  • Meanwhile, Seotlong won the netball championship after beating Harrismith High School by 35-18 in the final.

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