Qwaqwa school represents FS

2016-06-15 06:00
THE Witsieshoek Primary School in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa, will represent the Free State at this year’s u.12 Danone Nations Cup national finals.           Photo: Supplied

THE Witsieshoek Primary School in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa, will represent the Free State at this year’s u.12 Danone Nations Cup national finals. Photo: Supplied

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – The Witsieshoek Primary School in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa, will represent the Free State at this year’s u.12 Danone Nations Cup national finals to be staged at the WJ Clements Stadium in Boksburg on 25 June.

Witsieshoek booked a place in the national football championship after they had narrowly defeated Inoseng Primary by 1-0 in the Free State final, recently held at Grey College in Bloemfontein.

The Free State champions are a step closer to winning a trip to France to compete in the Danone Nations Cup world finals, but they will have to conquer the national finals first.

They will compete against the winners of the other provinces.

The team that will win at the finals will be heading to France in October to compete in the world finals.

Zwelibanzi Zimu, the head coach of the team, said the provincial finals had not been easy, including the final against Inoseng Primary.

“We dominated the game, but we could not penetrate their defence,” he said.

He said credit had to be given to his boys, especially to defender Mojalefa Titi, who scored a cracker in the dying minutes of the game to book them a place in the finals.

“He broke down the right-hand side, the goalkeeper stepped out of goal to stop him and he chipped the ball over his head to make it 1-0, enough to win the game and get us into the nationals.

“It was undoubtedly the goal of the day. He was controlled and his ability to think laterally helped win us the title,” said the happy coach.

Titi plays for the local Dynamos Football Club, where he has been for the past three years. This has also transformed him into a better player.

Zimu said that he would be the key for them at the national finals.

“He has great leadership skills, is a good dribbler and has a lot of stamina.”

Witsieshoek has recorded an eight-game winning streak on their road to the provincial finals, scoring 17 goals.

“We will have to work hard so that we can win the national championship. We will be heading to the Charles Mopedi High-Performance Institute for player evaluation – both mental and physical.

“We will get a three-week plan for the build up to the nationals. That’s essential, because I know that this level of the game is going to be tough and I want to prepare the boys the best I can, so the additional help is welcome,” he said.

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