Clapham High School from Gauteng were crowned the 2015 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup champions after beating Sukuma High School from KwaZulu-Natal 5 – 0 in the final match that took place in Soweto today.
Clapham is the only school to have won the tournament twice (they won in 2013), and they take home R1 million to be spent on legacy projects that will make a difference to the school and all its learners. Sukuma put on a fine performance, and to have reached the national finals on their first attempt in the tournament is an amazing achievement. The school wins R600 000.
There were a host of high profile government officials watching the final match including the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, as well as tournament founder and prominent business man, Mr Patrice Motsepe and his wife, Dr Precious Motsepe. The Clapham team was made up of players that are attached to the Mamelodi Sundowns Academy and Sundowns head coach, Pitso Mosimane and assistant Trott Moloto were also in attendance to watch their development players to look for their future stars.
“There is no better tournament than the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup,” said Moloto. “It allows for kids from the most rural areas the opportunity to play competitive football as well and get the chance to better their football careers by being identified by PSL Clubs.”
“Players that started in school football include the likes of Lucas Radebe, Phil Masinga and the late Thomas Madigage. The latter two I personally taught when I was still teaching Maths at Phefeni Secondary School in Soweto. I then sent them to Jomo Sono who developed them into international players,” said Moloto.
In the third/fourth play-off the SAFA Transnet School of Excellence finished in third place to take home R500 000 and rank outsiders, Groblershoop from the Northern Cape finished in fourth position to win R400 000.
Individual awards were presented to:
Coach of the tournament: Mike Mandzini (Clapham)
Top Goalscorer: Keletso Makgalwa (Clapham)
Player of the Tournament: Mlondi Dlamini (Sukuma)