Holy Trinity High School from Atteridgeville, Tshwane, won the 2014 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup in their first outing in the competition.
They beat a team that is new to the national finals, Tholokuhle High School, from Richards Bay, KZN, 3 – 0 in the final game to lift the trophy.
This means that Holy Trinity have pocketed a cool R1 million which will not be handed over in cash, but the school will identify much needed legacy projects that will benefit the entire school as well as the community around it.
Holy Trinity went into the final match at a great advantage as the majority of their players belong to the Supersport United Academy. Two of the players, Keegan Poole and Thabo Mile, the latter scoring one of the goals in the final match, also play for the SuperSport first team.
But, said the coach, Kaitano Tembo, who is also the Supersport Development coach, they played without their number one goalkeeper, Dumisano Msibi, who is currently with the Bafana Bafana team that is in camp preparing for the African Cup of National qualifier against Congo, and three of their key players who were injured just prior to the national finals
Meanwhile, little was known about Tolokuhle – until now. The school has been competing in the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup for a number of years but has never made it past the regional stage of the competition. They have no academy players and are not attached to any PSL club. They made it to the final through sheer hard work, drive and determination.
Credit must go to the winning school, Trinity. “It’s been a long journey, one that has been interesting from the beginning right to the final game.
We saw Harmony as our main competition and when they were knocked out we knew that we had a good chance to win. Credit must go to our Principal, Andre Castelyn. He has supported us throughout our journey. He believed in the boys and having him around encouraged the team to do better. I also want to acknowledge the team captain, Zakhele Mgobhozi who showed true leadership qualities throughout the tournament. He led by example and deserved the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award.
Trinity only came third in their Stream behind St Marks and Harmony, but secured a quarterfinal berth as the team that performed the best in the third spot. “We came from behind to win which shows that our players have the mental ability to keep going and strive for success – even when the odds look against you.”