By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
METROPOLITAN will have to start looking for a designer to craft a new trophy for their development tournament, the Metropolitan SASFA Under-16 Cup.
This after Rosina Sedibane beat Robinvale High School 3-0 on Saturday night in Umlazi’s King Zwelithini Stadium, KwaZulu-Natal in the final match of this competition to lift the competition’ silver-ware title for the third time in a row, taking the trophy home to their cabinet wherein they will keep it for good.
The SuperSport United’s adopted school first won the competition in 2010 when they dethroned then reigning champions, Umqhele of KwaZulu-Natal in the final match that was played in Mdatsane in the Eastern Cape before they could defended the title last year in an exciting national finals which took place in their own city, Tshwane’s township of Mamelodi and this time at the expense of Harmony Sports Academy.
Metropolitan’s brand executive, Belinda Faulkner told Sports Focus after the final match that they are looking forward to design a new trophy which will be unveiled in the near future.
“We are definitely going to get a designer to craft a new trophy which I guess schools will be challenged to lift it home come next year when the competition takes place,” said Faulkner.
Faulkner said she was saddened by the passing away of the player from Limpopo’s Benny Sports Academy player, Andani Kutama who collapsed in the field of play before he could certified dead at the hospital later on in the second day of the tournament.
Back to Sedibane’s achievement, their coach, Wanele Kopo said SuperSport United’s active involvement is the reason behind their success.
“It is no secret that SuperSport United’s involvement in this school has brought self-confident and more professionalism among the players at this school, thus serving as a motivation to our success,” said the excited Kopo after guiding his charges to their hat-trick in this competition which also gave them a ticket to the Soccer Federation Schools World Cup in France next year April.
For their effort, Sedibane took home R50 000 as a first-prize with Robinvale and Steenberg (both from the Western Cape) smiled all the way to the bank with cheques of R30 000 and R20 000 for finishing second and third.
SASFA president, Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko congratulated Sedibane for winning the competition three times in a row, saying:”It is an incredible achievement and I know that they will represent our country in France next year.
Mazibuko also thanked Metropolitan for their un-conditional support as the sponsors of this competition.
“To Metropolitan, I would like to say keep up the good work and your commitment to youth development through football. Thank you for helping us to stage a tournament of this caliber and for going an extra-mile to ensure that the tournament is an experience that the boys will never forget,” he said.
Meanwhile the following were honoured with individual awards for their efforts:
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Keagan Pool (Sedibane)
Top Goal-scorer: Keenan Kelderman (Steenberg)
Fair Play Award: Reabetswe High
Player of the Tournament: Romario Van Graan (Robinvale)