Metropolotan SASFA U-16 Cup took of in style


THE 4th edition of the Metropolitan SASFA U-16 Cup national finals kicked off at the

King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday morning as the 18 top schools from around the

country gathered together in Umlazi, just south of Durban, to compete for the title

of champions for 2012.



This year’s winners will qualify to represent South Africa at the biennial

International Soccer Federation Schools World Championships, which will be hosted in

France in April 2013.




The competition was officially declared open by SASFA president, Mandla ‘Shoes’

Mazibuko: “On behalf of SASFA I would like to thank our sponsors, Metropolitan, as

well as the eThekwini municipality for facilitating this competition. To all the

schools, congratulations on making it this far and good luck for the tournament. May

you show your best skills and play in the spirit of true sportsmanship,” he said.




The assembled teams were then treated to a show by local music star, Big Nuz, who

had the sizeable crowd grooving in the grandstand.




“This tournament is a key component of Metropolitan’s involvement with youth

development through football, helping to nurture the stars of tomorrow. On the first

day, we have already seen the depth of young football talent we have in this country

and I am excited to see how things unfold as the event progresses,” said, Jennifer

Padayachee, Metropolitan Sponsorship Manager.


The action got under way early in the morning and it was evident from the start that

the tournament will be contested at a very high standard, as all teams arrived well

prepared and ready to show their best skills.


By the end of the day’s play, Group A remained wide open, with Hudson Nsanwisi

(Limpopo), Siyahlomula (KZN) and Tikhontele (Mpumalanga) all level on five points

after three games, while in Group B, Gauteng representatives, Johannesburg Secondary

and Rosina Sedibane emerged as favourites to qualify for the quarterfinals. Group C

remained even tighter by virtue of only completing two matches and, with the

exception of Sternam intermediate from N. Cape, the other five teams each recorded a

win and a loss in their two opening matches.


The tournament continues on Thursday, with the conclusion of the group (round-robin)

phase in the morning, followed by the first round of knockout action involving both

the winners and losers streams.




Group A

Steenberg 1-0 Setjhabasemaketse

Hudson Nsanwisi 0-1 Siyahlomula

Matimba 1-0 Tokhontele

Tikhontele 1-0 Steenberg

Matimba 0-6 Hudson Nsanwisi

Setjhabasemaketse 0-0 Siyahlomula

Siyahlomula 0-0 Steenberg

Setjhabasemaketse 6-0 Matimba

Hudson Nsanwisi 1-1 Tikhontele



Group B

Johannesburg SS 6-0 James Nxumalo

Rosina Sedibane 3-0 Okiep

Joe Slovo Freedom 1-4 Harmony

Harmony 0-2 Johannesburg SS

Joe Slovo Freedom 0-1 Rosina Sedibane

James Nxumalo 0-2 Okiep

Okiep 0-1 Johannesburg SS

James Nxumalo 3-3 Joe Slovo Freedom

Rosina Sedibane 1-1 Harmony


Group C

Bennie’s Sports Academy 3-1 Reabetswe

Sternam Intermediate 1-2 Freedom Park

Robinvale 0-0 Pangalele

Pangalele 1-0 Bennie’s Sports Academy

Robinvale 2-1 Sternam Intermediate

Reabetswe 2-1 Freedom Park



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