DOUGLAS Mbopa High School’s soccer team rose to the occasion under pressure and collected silverware after they defeated their arch-rivals Masiphathisane High School in the Zonke SuperSPAR Motherwell High Schools soccer finals at Motherwell NU 2 Stadium on Thursday.After the full-time score ended 1-1, the Douglas Mbopa team won with a score of 5-4 on penalties. The semi-finals were exciting with the fans being kept on their feet. Douglas Mbopa High booked a berth in the finals after they overcame Ndyebo High 3-2 on penalties following their 1-1 full-time score. Despite their 1-0 loss in the semi-finals, Mfesane High School gave Masiphathisane High a run for their money. Douglas Mbopa High claimed the winners’ trophy, R5 000 and gold medals. The runners-up went home with R3 000 and silver medals, while Mfesane High School, who defeated Ndyebo High School 2-0 in the play-offs game received R2 000 and bronze medals.Douglas Mbopa High coach, Sisa Mekuto, said that his players had played their hearts out. “These boys are so dedicated, disciplined and have worked very hard. These boys showed character. That is why our school team was victorious today.”Zonke SuperSPAR marketing and promotions manager, Zukiswa Ntsele, said their motive for hosting the event was to encourage the youth to take part in sport and to refrain from abusing drugs and alcohol. Ntsele said that it was their obligation to plough back to the community as their business was not only concerned with profit.Diba Lam Services project manager, Malusi Andries, who organised the tournament in partnership with Zonke SuperSPAR, stated that he wanted to unearth talent and try to keep the youth off the streets. Andries thanked the owner of Zonke SuperSPAR, Kevin Klette, Motherwell Sports Forum Z(MSF), the Department of Education and DSRAC for making the programme a success. Malusi also revealed that the tournament would be an annual event.