Strelitzia’s soccer on the rise

2015-10-15 06:00
=A jubilant Strelitzia High School soccer team. 

=A jubilant Strelitzia High School soccer team. Photo: SUPPLY

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Strelitzia High school and Victoria Park participated in the Nedbank Grey College Soccer Tournament in Bloemfontein which was attended by 20 of the top soccer playing schools in the country.

The football was of a high standard and was closely watched by many scouts as well as SABC soccer commentator and Nedbank Ke Yona coach, Mike Sporo Mangena. Strelitzia finished 3rd and Victoria Park 6th, both teams representing the Nelson Mandela Bay very well.

The results of Strelitzia’s group matches were as follows:

Strelitzia 1-0 Kloof High of KZN, Strelitzia 4-1 The Glen of Gauteng, Strelitzia 4-1Tsotseletso High of Bloemfontein, Strelitzia 0-1 Westville of KZN.

Strelitzia finished as runners-up in their group and had to play the strong team of Waterstone College in the quarter finals. Strelitzia won the gruelling match on penalties after having gone behind 2-0 in the first half.

Strelitzia met Benoni High in the semi-final and lost 3-0. Strelitzia then outclassed the more favoured Jeppe Boys in the 3rd place play-off, to win 2-1.

Strelitzia won bronze and was also named the Fair Play Team of the Tournament.

Mr. Petersen, Team Manager says “This was our first time being invited to such a prestige tournament, we took a very young team and they competed well. We are proud of the fighting spirit these boys showed.

“Thanks to coach Ambesa Maepe for sacrificing his time to train our boys and for the support of our school and principal. This has been a very successful year for Strelitzia soccer winning the U/16 Victoria Park Championship, U/16 SA Sports Tours Cup and now 3rd at the U/19 Nedbank Grey College Soccer Tournament. We hope to build on this success next year.”

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