By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
At Seshego Sports Complex, Limpopo
Benny’s Care (0) 0
School of Excellence (3) 4
BENNY Care’s dream to lift the 2013 edition of Metropolitan Under-16 Cup in honour of their late player, Andani Kutana went up in smoke after the school lost 4-0 to School of Excellence in a one sided final match played at Seshego Sports Complex outside Polokwane in Limpopo.
School of Excellence showed their determination as early as the fifth minute when Sphamandla Sebalo slotted home with an easy goal.
The goal seemed to have opened the flood-gate as Phakamani Mhlambi made it 2-0 in the 18th minutes before he could brace himself three minutes later. For the record, Mhlambi went on to scoop two awards, the Andani Kutama’s Golden Boot and the Player of the Tournament awards.
The Gauteng based side who have never won this competition since its inception under the sponsorship of Metropolitan proved to be in control of the proceedings as they could have scored more goals but only to be denied by either their strikers who were shooting either wide or denied by the goalkeeper. At least the home side managed to contain the pressure for little while through to the break.
School of Excellence came back strongly in the second half and took over where they left and it came as no surprise when Edwin Sekhwama hammered the last nail on top of Benny’s Care’s coffin to make it 4-0, much to the disappointment of the home crowd and Andani’s mother Livhuyo Hutama who came all the way from Thohoyandou to support the local side.
A little consolation however for the Limpopo side is that organisers have renamed the competition’s Top Goal-Scorer award after the late Andani which will be known as Andani Hutama award.
As for School of Excellence, this victory means a lot after their previous string of poor results on school competition. They were awarded with the newly launched floating trophy after the previous trophy was handed over to Rosina Sedibane after the Tshwane based side won it three times in a row.