HARMONY High School of Virginia continued their remarkable record of success in the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup competition by winning the Free State provincial title in Bloemfontein last weekend after beating Tlokola Secondary School 1 – 0 in the final.
The school is the most successful in the history of the competition, already winning am impressive R2.6 million, and this win means they get an additional R100 000 – and a chance to add to the impressive amount at the national finals.
The school has used a large portion of the past winnings to purchase a fleet of busses to transport its learners and, according to coach Hector Mokhali, they will use the R100 000 as Free State champions to purchase more vehicles to help ease the transport problems the school faces due to its growing numbers.
The school missed out on winning the provincials in 2013 as they had brought in a young team in preparation for this year. “We did not expect to win last year as our team was young and inexperienced, but this year is a completely different story,” he said.
“We have worked very hard at training. We have a very dedicated team and a coach, Pisto Mokoena, who strives for success. This year we reached the provincial finals only conceding 2 goals; one during the cluster level games and the other during the provincial finals; that certainly shows that our defence is a force to be reckoned with. We have not lost a single game this year in this tournament, and we have played 8 games leading up to the provincials”
Mokhali didn’t think the standard at the provincial finals was as high as it was last year. “This year four of the six schools were competing in the provincials for the first time which was a huge advantage for us veterans of this tournament.”
Preparations for the national finals have now begun and the plan is to focus on one game at a time. “We will be playing against competitive schools that want to win the national title too.” Mokhali believes Gauteng’s Holy Trinity High School, the Supersport Academy’s school will be their toughest competition. “But we have more experience than them so hopefully that will count for us,” he said.