R100 000 on offer for Eastern Cape Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Provincial Winner

Fri, 23/08/2013 - 17:14
 
The Eastern Cape provincial finals of the Sanlam Kay Motsepe School Cup take place at the Dumpsey Adams stadium in Queenstown on Saturday, starting at 9am. Amongst the competing teams is Kuyasa Combined School, who are making their third appearance in this lucrative tournament that carries a first prize of R1 million.
 
In 2010 and 2011 the school managed to get to the provincial finals, but never made it further and in 2012 they were knocked out in the regional stage of the competition. Coach, Bongani Ngqokoqwa, says they are better prepared this time. “The team is strong and tight, we have a better bond than ever before. They are disciplined and there is more communication on the field during play,” he said.
 
Should they win the R100 000 in prize money that goes to all provincial champions in the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup, Ngqokoqwa says the money will be used to upgrade their soccer field as they currently have to use the local municipal grounds.
 
The team is training hard, Ngqokoqwa says, and playing friendlies against local teams in the area. “We are working on stamina and pace,” Ngqokoqwa says. “We don’t know what to expect from the other teams at the provincial finals, so will prepare well and not leave anything to chance.” Ngqokoqwa has been coaching for 20 years and, although he has no formal qualifications, he has a passion for the game that makes up for it.
 
18 year-old defender Anele Mhlabeni is one of the players Kuyasa will be looking to for success on Saturday. Anele grew up admiring his brother, Vuyolwethu Mhlabeni, who was a local soccer player.  He also plays for a local club, Young Ideas.  He explains. ““Soccer is my life, I love the sport and I am more disciplined now that I have started to take the game more seriously.  Playing in the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup tournament is particularly exciting for me.  My favourite team is Mamelodi Sundowns and I hope there will be scouts there on Saturday as I am playing my best soccer at the moment and hope they will pick me to attend trials..
 
Also at the provincial finals on Saturday will be Ncedo High School. The school finished in third place in 2011 spending their R500 000 on building a computer lab and bought a mini bus to transport sports teams to attend games. Last year they did not make it to the Eastern Cape provincial playoffs.  Coach, Siphiwo Mtshingila, says they worked hard to set that right this time round.
 
“We are definitely more disciplined this time around,” he says. “In2012 we weren’t focused and over-confident after winning the provincial title in 2011.” Should the school go all the way this year and win the R1 million 1st prize, Mtshingila says they have ambitious plans which include increasing the number of computers in the lab, introducing a learner driver programme and putting up a perimeter fence.
 
As part of his motivation ahead of the provincial finals, the coach has told the team that there will be scouts from the clubs there, so the players have to do their best.
The Ncedo captain this year is Onesimo Maxegwana. The 19 year old central defender has been playing the game since 8 years old when he joined a local club, Real City.  “I have heard that Mamelodi Sundowns will only take players that are clever on and off the field and I have worked hard at all my school subjects to ensure that if I get approached I can confidently accept.  I want to be a role model to my siblings and teach them to dream big – but I have to do that first.”

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