Success monumental for female coach

2019-05-15 06:01
The Maokeng Primary School team was crowned as the Free State’s Danone Nations Cup champions. From the left are, front: Lefa Nale, Molemela Makume, Tshepo Mega, Rethabile Motloung, Kabelop Sekoboto, Thabang Maduna and Kutloano Mthombeni; back: Tselane Malebelle (coach), Seabelo Xaba, Mosala Likhethe, Lerato Koloi, Lerato Tlali and Moeketsi Mateba. Photo: Supplied

The Maokeng Primary School team was crowned as the Free State’s Danone Nations Cup champions. From the left are, front: Lefa Nale, Molemela Makume, Tshepo Mega, Rethabile Motloung, Kabelop Sekoboto, Thabang Maduna and Kutloano Mthombeni; back: Tselane Malebelle (coach), Seabelo Xaba, Mosala Likhethe, Lerato Koloi, Lerato Tlali and Moeketsi Mateba. Photo: Supplied

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The Maokeng Primary School’s boys u.12 football team from Kroonstad is gearing up to impress at this year’s Danone Nations Cup national championship final in June. The national final will be on 15 June at Reiger Park in Gauteng.

The Maokeng boys’ team will compete for the national crown of this competition against eight other provincial winners. The school qualified for the national final after winning the Free State leg of the tournament, beating Ntebohiseng Intermediate School 2-0. The provincial final was held on 13 April at Grey College in Bloemfontein.

The school’s team made history winning on debut in the provincial final and under a female coach, Hilda Malebelle. The school showed drastic improvement under her, managing to win all matches in the Fezile Dabi region and went all the way to compete for the provincial championship cup. The victorious Maokeng boys won all their competition matches at the provincial final to scoop up the trophy.

The team’s performance can be attributed to the coaching ability of coach Malebelle. She has managed to instill confident in the team and in organisational play, hoping her young warriors will emulate their good performance at national final. There is more at stake at the national final for both Malebelle and her warriors. The overall national winner will get a once in a life time chance to represent South African at the international final of the competition in Barcelona, Spain, later this year. “I love football and have played the game for most of my life. I offered to coach the boys seven years ago when I was working as a cleaner at the school. When I left the school last year I asked if I could continue to prepare the team for the competition. I had no idea that an element of the prize was competing in the national final. I also did not know that the ultimate prize is to represent South Africa at the world finals in Barcelona,” a delighted Malebelle said.

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