Curro Northern Academy beat Millennium Combined School and went through to the Capricorn Regional Play-Offs of the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup. They defeated Millenium Combined School 3-2 in the cluster round on Saturday and will take on the other regional finalists on 8 August at Eldorado Stadium in Senwabarwana.
Northern Academy coach, Hedrick Mo-kwevho, says they are positive, particularly in the light of the way in which they have been scoring goals so far. “We have been competing in the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup since 2008, but have never made it past the cluster level before. I think we are on the right path and it is a sign of good things to come,” Mokwevho said.
They will have to wait until the end of July to know which schools they will face in the regional stage as many cluster matches still have to be played.
Mokwhevo said his players are fully aware of the task at hand. “We don’t know which teams we will be competing against and the waiting makes things hard for us. But we are looking forward to compete. We want to ensure that we win the regionals and get a chance to play for the R100 000 prize money that’s up for grabs in the provincial finals,” he said.
The Kay Motsepe Schools Cup is an initiative sponsored by Sanlam, the Ubuntu-Botho Community Development Trust and the Motsepe Foundation. The inaugural tournament was played in 2004 and today it offers the highest prize money, R3,4 million, injected into any school development programme in Africa.
The national winner gets R1 million and the runner-up R600 000. Funds are not given to schools in cash but each must identify a project – sport or educational – that will make a difference to the learners and the broader community.