Schools vie for ample winnings

2019-09-25 06:01

It is all systems go as u.19 teams from schools across South Africa compete in Bloemfontein for the Motsepe Schools Cup.

A total of R1 million is at stake for the overall winner.

This football competition kicked off at the University of the Free State’s campus in Bloemfontein on Tuesday (24/09), and will culminate with the crowning of the champion on Friday (27/09).

The runner-up will receive R600 000, while clubs finishing in third and fourth place of the competition will receive R500 000 and R400 000 respectively.

In addition of the nine provincial winners will each be presented R100 000. The winnings are not handed over in cash, but invested in legacy projects identified by the winning schools.

This competition for schools is co-sponsored by the Motsepe Foundation and Sanlam.

The schools representing the nine provinces are in quest for the glory of the richest schools’ tournament in the country to get the prestigious trophy.

To date, Harmony High School from Virginia is the most successful school in the Free State, having won R2,2 million in the competition from 2010 to 2012.

After finishing in second place in 2010, the Harmony High School won R700 000.

It also won the provincial final in 2011, receiving R1 million, and earned another R500 000 for finishing in third place in 2012.

This year, the Free State is represented by Unitas from Welkom and Moroka High from Thaba Nchu.

Both will be gunning to do well to finish among the top four to be in line for worthy cash prizes at stake in the competition.

Both schools qualified for the national final of the competition, ending as provincial winner and runner-up respectively.

Unitas has claimed the provincial title for three consecutive years.

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