SINAMUVA Public Primary School from KwaZulu-Natal will represent South Africa in the 40-nations Danone Nations Cup World Final in Poland.
The Pietermaritzburg based school booked their place in the world finals which is scheduled for Poland from September 7-9 after a 2-1 over Gauteng’s Sonqoba Primary in a penalty shoot-out in the final match of the national championships held at the Eldorado Stadium in Jozi on Saturday.
The final was a repeat of the 2008 National Finals which saw Bree who represented Gauteng and Sinamuva represented KZN in the final match. Bree went to France that year and Sinamuva’s triumph means that are
off to Poland.
“This is a dream come true,” said Sinamuva coach, Khoza Khowane. “The Danone Nations Cup tournament is the only competition we play in and we prepare our teams a couple of years in advance. This team has been together since they were 9 years old and this win is a culmination of years of focused training.”
What Khowane is also pleased about is the exposure his school will now get from this win. “We are from a really small township in KZN where there is little in terms of facilities and now everyone will know about us. We are going to look for additional support from our local municipality to get us ready for Poland. This trip to Jo’burg was my team’s first, but Europe is a very different experience and we need to prepare the boys properly.”
Gauteng coach, Abel Lebotho, from Sonqoba Primary was disappointed with the result and vows to be back in 2013. “Today was not easy,” said Lebotho.
“Every team was good so every game was difficult, the hardest was against Keidebees as they were so good in defence and showed such composure. It is not quite back to the drawing board as I am already grooming my Under-10’s for next year.
Despite having no qualifications, Lebotho has been coaching at the school since 1991 and four of his youngsters have gone on to play professional football including Siyabonga Sangweni (Pirates), Bhungani Mbhele (Amazulu), the late Scara Ngobese (Kaizer Chiefs) and Siphiwe Mkonza (Black Leopards).