The soccer team of Klaas Mothapo Secondary School in Ga-Mothapo is the provincial winner of the 2015 Copa Coca-Cola u.15 Tournament and an enormous opportunity awaits the team on 26 September when the national finals take place in Durban.
They recently beat Hudson Ntsanwisi Secondary School from Mopani 4–0 in the final round of the provincial tournament played at NkowaNkowa Stadium.
School Principal, Joseph Mphekgoana said he is proud of the soccer team for reaching the national final. “We are proud of the boys. They did the school proud during the provincial tournament. We have a capable team, which we believe will do well at the national finals,” Joseph Mphekgoana, Principal of Klaas Mothapo Secondary said afterwards.
The school is not new to exceptional performance in soccer. The 2003 first team represented South Africa in the International Schools Federation’s Soccer World Cup in China. At the time the team boasted the services of Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Hlompho Kekana, both currently playing for Premier Soccer League outfit Mamelodi Sundowns.
Also in 2003 they won the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) national u.16 Tournament and went on to represent the country at the 18th ISF World Schools Football Championships in Brazil. Tlou Molekwane, Lehlohonolo Masalesa and Phaladi Kobola, currently plying their trade at Polokwane City Football Club, Orlando Pirates and Mpumalanga Aces respectively, were part of that team.
“The school has produced good players. Some are doing well in the Premier Soccer League and I think their success will serve as a motivation for this current crop of players. Mphahlele captained the South African u.20 soccer team and is current captain of Mamelodi Sundowns, one of the biggest teams in the country. It started here school and he has shown that it is not where you come from but were you are going,” Mphekgoana commented.
He said they have lined up friendly matches with local teams to get the team in top shape ahead of the national showpiece. “We have decided to change our training pattern after winning the provincial leg because we are going to face very tough teams there. We now train at least four times a week and we play friendly matches on weekends.”
Apart from the title the winning team also gets R50 000 in prize money which the organisers of the tournament stipulate is intended solely for uplifting of the school.
“The prize money is also a motivational factor. We are a rural school with inadequate resources and I think the money will come in handy. If we win the money we will use it to buy equipment pertaining to the current curriculum,” Mphekgoana said.