Kuyakhanya wallops all rivals

Thabo Madlatu, coach, (middle), Thabo Makinana, teacher and coach, and soccer team, on Monday, at Kukhanya Primary School, Crossroads.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO
Thabo Madlatu, coach, (middle), Thabo Makinana, teacher and coach, and soccer team, on Monday, at Kukhanya Primary School, Crossroads.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

A Crossroads primary school has cemented its dominance in the indigenous games after winning two sports competitions and will now represent the province at national level.

Taking part in indigenous game of kgati and soccer, teams from Kuyakhanya Primary School have won in the provincial competitions.

Thabo Makinana, a teacher and soccer team coach, said not even competing with high schools teams could stop them from lifting the SASFA Cape Town Under 14 McDonalds Schools League last Monday.

The team first won 4-3 against Vukukhanye Primary School, during Gunyacroph Legue which involves about 16 primary and high schools.

They then advanced to the district level last Tuesday, where they won 3-0 against Sigcawu Public Primary School.

The unstoppable team then won 3-0 against Mandalay High School.

The team, which consists of 17 players, secured a spot in the provincial competition where they caused a storm.

Zanomfundo Primary School became their next casualty after crushing them 5-0 and Welwitschia Primary School also suffered the same fate as they were beaten 5-4 on penalties after the game drew 0-0.

The team then beat Harry Gwala High School 2-0 and won the final match 2-0 against Westridge High School, from Mitchells Plain.

The school is the only one that will represent the province in East London where they will compete with other schools from Northern Cape and Eastern Cape.

The competition will be held on 26 August.

Makinana said the schools they will compete with are in for a big surprise as they will show no mercy.

“We are going to win there. That is our only goal. We are ready for them. We won against the schools regardless of the fact that we do not have a playground in the area. We have to go to Nyanga when we need to practise. We also do not have a proper kit,” Makinana said.

He also thanked Thabo Madlatu, who he said was the mastermind behind their winning spree.

Lisakhanya Mangweni, the captain said without the support from the school, they would not be where they are, with the win.

“The teachers encouraged us to keep pushing harder. They told us to focus on the sport instead of gangsterism.

We are going to continue where we left off and beat the schools in East London. We are dedicating all the time we get in practise,” Mangweni said.

Kgati coach Nolufefe Racula said the school is going to defend their national title for the fourth time in December.

The team beat other schools in the region on 29 July and qualified for provincials.

Afterwards they won against six schools from across the province in the finals, which were held at Western Cape Sports School, in Kuils River in August.

“We won position one in both Under 13 and 18 teams.

We are going to represent the province in national level for the fourth time in consecutive. We are going to defend our title again. We are very happy.”

The finals will be played from 09 to 15 December in a venue which is yet to be confirmed.

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