By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
ROSINA Sedibane Modiba High School are in cloud nine after they dethroned champions Umqhele from KwaZulu-Natal with a 4-1 via penalities to lift the 2010 edition of the Metropolitan SASFA Under-16 Cup in Duncan Village’s Gompo Sports Complex, East London.
Not only did the Laudium, Tshwane-based’ SuperSport United’s adopted school take home the R50 000 at stake as an overall winners of the competition, but they have also booked themselves a place in the International Schools Federations Championships to be held in Brazil next year April.
The excited Sedibane coach, Hendrick Kgosana told Sports Focus that they have been preparing for this tournament since last year.
“Firstly we went all out to recruit best players in the country to our school, this include Umqhele’s goalkeeper, Njabulo Kubheka who won the competition with the dethroned champions last year, and seondly we instill discipline and self confidence among the players ahead of this competition and now we are reaping the rewards of our effort,” said the excited Kgosana.
This will be for the second time that Sedibane will be representing the country in a tournament in a similar competition at international level after having done a year ago. The school went on to finished second after they lost 4-2 to Cyprus in the final match.
“We have unfinished business at schools football competition at international level, and the trip to Brazil next year will provide us with that platform to achieve our goal of bringing the title home,” added the confident Kgosana.
Kgosana said their feat at this year’s Metropolitan Cup was just the foundation of big things to come.
“The real word is awaiting us ahead as we will be preparing to face the world’s best in Brazil,” pointed out Kgosana.
Back to the Metropolitan Under-16 Cup which saw the hosts Malcomess finished third, Sedibane did not start the competition very well after they were held to a goalless by Rietvale from Northern Cape in the opening match,but only to regroup and won all the four other matches in their group. The schoolm went on to win two more matches in the quarterfinals and the semifinals to book their place in the final that saw them beat Umqhele on penalities after the score read goalless on the score-bored at regulated time.
Metropolitan group executive, Nkosinathi Chonco praised the schools for their spirited fight in this competition.
“Schools which participated in this competition have all showns signs of maturity both in and off the field. The tournament was great, although we were not happy about the support from the surrounding schools in this area which is a prove that we still have a lot to do as Metropolitan and SASFA in bringing the department of education to the party,” said Chonco who also congratulated Sedibane for winning this year’s competition.
SASFA president, Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko also congratulated Sedibane and wished them well in their preparations for Brazil.
“Judging by their performance in this year’s competition I don’t have doubt that they will make us proud when they represent us in Brazil come next year,” said Mazibuko who is also the SA Football Association’s vice president.