High School will play Sukuma Secondary School from KZN in the under-19 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup national final match tomorrow (Saturday, October 10) at the Nike Centre, Soweto, kick-off at 12.30pm.
Sukuma came into the national finals as the dark horses having registered to participate in the tournament for the first time this year. They finished in third spot in Group A and went through to the quarters as one of the lucky losers. The school then beat HTS Louis Botha in the quarterfinals and Groblershoop from the Northern Cape in the semi-finals.
Clapham meanwhile has not lost a single match at the national finals, drawing one game against Dr Reginald Cingo from the Free State to finish top of Group A. They played the same school in the quarterfinals managing to defeat them 2 – 0 this time. The match of the day was the semi-final between Clapham and the SAFA Transnet School of Excellence which Clapham won on penalties.
The third/fourth playoff between the School of Excellence and Groblershoop will kick-off at 10 am tomorrow, Saturday. This will be followed by a live performance by Mafikizolo and Jankie and the final will kick-off at 12.30pm.
In attendance will be Mamelodi Sundowns boss, Patrice Motsepe and a couple of ANC ministers.
Clapham will go into the finals as favourites, having won the tournament before (2013) and boosted by the Mamelodi Sundowns development players.
Head coach, Pitso Mosimane, visited the boys to give them a motivational talk and offer encouragement. But there are no guarantees in football and at the end of the day it is the school that scores the most goals that will win.
Clapham also has in its favour a strong strike force. Keletso Makgalwa is currently the highest goals corer having netted six times. Ray-Shaun Modise from Groblershoop is lying second on the table with 5 goals. Tomorrow will determine who the trophy will go to.
No matter what the outcome tomorrow, all four schools have won money. But how this will be split is still to be determined. First prize is R1 million, Second, third and fourth prizes are R600 000, R500 000 and R400 000 respectively