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Big test for Clapham in Kay Motsepe Schools Cup

15/Aug/2013 10:04

Clapham High School, where the Mamelodi Sundowns Academy boys attend, has made it through to the provincial finals of the 2013 Gauteng Provincial Finals of the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup

The finals will take place at the Muckleunek Stadium in Mamelodi on Saturday, 17 August. The games kickoff 9:00am, and soccer fans around Tshwane, and in particular Mamelodi, will get a chance to see future stars of South African soccer in action.

The eight teams who will be contesting for the provincial title, which carries a first prize of R100 000, include defending champions, SAFA School Of Excellence and former winners, Rosina Sedibane, but Rhulani Mokoena who coaches Clapham, says his side are not getting sleepless nights over the opposition.

“It is common for the universe to favor the underdog but only if the underdog works hard. I know that we are not favorites to lift the trophy but one thing I know is that my players are hungry for this ever elusive cup,” says the coach.

Even though admitting that it will be tough for his side, especially that they are a new side, Mokoena takes confidence in the performance displayed by his side in the Bayhill Metropolitan Annual Tournament, where his side lost in the semifinals to eventual tournament winners Ajax Cape Town.

“Even though we are a relatively new team we stand a good chance because the players have been responding very well, which gives me confidence going into the finals. The other motivating factor is that 95% of the team is the same team that did so well in the Bayhill Metropolitan Tournament, where we lost in the Semi-finals”

Clapham will be looking to cause a couple of upsets by lifting the provincial trophy for the first time, and then go on to represent Gauteng in the National Finals, where the winner walks away with a R1 million prize.

 

The 8 teams competing include:

Mohloli High School (Sedibeng East)

Rosina Sedibane (Tshwane South)

Clapham High School (Tshwane North)

SAFA School of Excellence (Ekurhuleni North)

Thaba Jabula (Johannesburg North)

Tharabollo High School (Sedibeng West Sunward Park – Ekurhuleni South)

Waterstone College (Johannesburg South)

 

PRIZE MONEY

  • R1 million for the National winner
  • R600 000 second place
  • R500 000 third place
  • R400 000 forth place
  • R100 000 each Provincial winner

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