Moroka takes cup home

2019-07-17 06:00
Moroka Hostel Academy player Elias Molatedi (yellow) wins the battle for the ball against Grey College player Tlotlo Hlaheng during the Engen Knockout Challenge Cup final played on Sunday (14/07) at the Siwelele Park in Bloemfontein. Photo:Teboho Setena

Moroka Hostel Academy player Elias Molatedi (yellow) wins the battle for the ball against Grey College player Tlotlo Hlaheng during the Engen Knockout Challenge Cup final played on Sunday (14/07) at the Siwelele Park in Bloemfontein. Photo:Teboho Setena

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A combination of power of prayer and self-belief were integral in the Moroka Hostel Academy’ pursuit of their maiden victory in the Engen Knockout Challenge Cup.

“We said a prayer before and after every match we played, asking for strength from God. And as a team we believe in prayer. Our achievement is testimony to prayer with faith and self-belief as a team,” said Lebohang Seape, coach of Moroka.

The team that comprised of the best assembled talent of boys from the Thaba Nchu-based school was deservedly crowned the 2019 champions. They beat Grey College from Bloemfontein by 4 – 0 in the final played at the Siwelele Park in Bloemfontein on Sunday (14/07). The achievement to win the competition on debut followed wins over tough opponents, Bloemfontein Celtic (1 – 0) and Virginia Sport Academy (6 – 5) on penalties.

“This feels like a dream for myself and the team. Truly speaking, I never thought we would go this far and win the competition, considering it was the first time we participated in the tournament. We just made progress and this is testimony of the power of prayer and self-belief,” said Seape, who was chosen as the deserving recipient of the coach of the tournament. The unfancied Moroka team received four accolades available, rewarding their impressive performance. The awards include the one presented to Seape for guiding his team to plot coup. Other award recipients were Kabelo Modukanele (goalkeeper of the tournament), Gontse Manya (player of the tournament) and Gontse Manya (golden boot) awarded to the top goal scorer of the competition.

Moroka will represent the Free State at the tournament’s national final in September. The FS champions join Chippa United (Eastern Cape) and Amazulu (KwaZulu-Natal), development teams of Premier Soccer League (PSL).

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