Siphumelele live up to their name when they won Danone Nations Cup in KZN

 

SIPHUMELELE Primary School win the KZN Danone Nations Cup provincial finals

and are a step closer to playing in London

This past Wednesday  Siphumelele Primary School from Ezimangweni

informal settlement, near Inanda in KwaZulu-Natal join Rietrivier Primary

School from the Northern Cape in waiting for seven other primary schools to

emerge from the pack ahead of the Danone Nations Cup National Finals that

will be played in Johannesburg later in the year.

Siphumelele won the KwaZulu-Natal provincial title of the under-12

tournament at the King   Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi last weekend, beating

host school, Ndongeni Primary School, on penalties, after the final ended in

a 1-all draw. As provincial winners, they now go through to the National

Finals where they will be given the opportunity to reach for their ultimate

dream – a trip to London to play in the Danone Nations Cup World Finals.

Siphumelele Primary School coach, Sibusiso Phakathi, says the boys are

excited about the trip to Johannesburg for the National Finals. “Some of

them have never been anywhere outside KZN and will be travelling such a

longer distance for the first time. We didn’t expect to reach the national

finals on our first attempt. I know we are going to face eight other teams

in June, but us making it thus far shows what we are capable of, and

anything is possible,” he said. 

Phakathi said his team made it through to the next stage because of hard

work and the support they got from the parents and the school.  “We trained

four days a week in preparation for this tournament and every time we had to

travel – to cluster and regional games – the school and SGB made sure we had

food for the boys as well as water, and the school nominated two teachers to

travel with us.”

Winning the national title would mean a lot for the boys, the school and the

province, Phakathi said. “I think all the schools that participate would

agree that the ultimate wish for all of us is to represent the country in

London. We all would like our kids to get that once in a life time

opportunity.”

The competition now takes a break because of the school holidays. The next

Provincial Final tournament is in the Free State on April 13.

The Danone Nations Cup has been running since 2000. The tournament is based

on the belief that sport promotes strong values, and is an essential element

in the balance and upbringing of children. The Danone Nations Cup is built

on four fundamental values: enthusiasm, openness, proximity and fair play

 

The full results:

 

POOL A

Woodford Primary School 1 (3) vs Imzikayifani Primary School 1 (2)

Imzikayifani Primary School 0 vs Uphaphazi Primary School 2

Uphaphazi Primary School 0 vs Woodford Primary School 1

 

POOL B

Inkatha Primary School 0 vs Empathe Combined School 1

Empathe Combined School 0 vs Enkelabantwana Full Service School 3

Enkelabantwana Full Service School  2 vs  Inkatha Primary School  0

 

POOL C

Sipheni Senior Primary School 1 (2) vs Maqumbi Primary School 1 (1)

Maqumbi Primary School 1 vs Ndongeni Primary School 2

Ndongeni Primary School 0 (2) vs Sipheni Senior Primary School 0 (0)

 

POOL D

Taylors Primary School 0 vs Siphumelele Primary School 1

Siphumelele Primary School 2 vs Esukangihlale CP School 1

Esukangihlale CP School 0 (2) vs Taylors Primary School 0 (3)

 

SEMIFINAL 1

Woodford Primary School 0 (1) vs Siphumelele Primary School 0 (2)

 

SEMIFINAL 2

Enkelabantwana Full Service School 0 vs Ndongeni Primary School 1

 

FINAL

Siphumelele Primary School 1 (3) vs Ndongeni  Primary School 1 (1)

 

 

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