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.
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
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
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