GAUTENG’s Clapham High School took the R1 million first prize after winning the 2013 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup. They beat Louis Botha Technical High School 2 – 0 in the final that took place at the King Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi, Durban.
To hand out the trophy was Patrice Motsepe, owner of Mamelodi Sundowns, the club that most of the players belong to.
“I am so happy,” said leading goal scorer, Khayelihle Shozi, who finished on 7 goals. “To play before my president and all the scouts that put me where I am today was an honour. I wanted to show them that the decision to bring me into the Sundowns Academy was the right one.”
Clapham finished the tournament winning every game they played scoring an
impressive 27 goals in 8 games averaging over 3 a game.
Louis Botha might have finished in second place but they were very pleased
with this and the R600 000 that went with it. Coach, Prince Sani believes
that it is not about winning but the experience. “This is our first time in this tournament and to get this far is fantastic. Further, I only formed the team this year so they are new and we will keep working and will
definitely be back next year. This is such a good experience for the boys.” Sani believed that playing in the final against a team that is so tactical and technical astute only helped his boys see what true professional football is all about. “We have all loved our trip to Durban and will most definitely go back home wiser footballers.”
Meanwhile Rosina Sedibane Modiba beat Harmony High school 2 – 1 to clinch
third place. “We travelled to Durban with Clapham, who beat us to win the
provincial finals, and have built a really good relationship with them. We
were hoping to meet them in the final, but finishing third is also good.
The R500 000 will come in handy to further improve the school.