Cloetesville the new champs

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Cloetesville High School of Western Cape have finally won their first national tournament - the Coca-Cola Football Stars.

The Stellenbosch-based institution defeated defending champions Harmony Academy from Virginia in Free State 5-4 on penalties at Matlosana Stadium in Klerksdorp on Saturday.

The final, played on a slippery pitch after the heavy downpour, was decided on penalties after the two sides played to a 1-1 draw.

Teboho Motsapi scored for Academy, who had Majimbos' first-choice goalie Vumile Nxalo in their line-up, while Allan Smith equalised for Cloetesville.

In terms of the rules of this tournament, the finalists go straight into penalties in the event of a deadlock after regulation time.

During the penalties, Zolani Seshuba, Smith, Christopher Flandorp, Ivor Daniels and Truudor Adams scored for Cloetesville.

For Academy, Motsapi, Thys Modise, Lerato Manzini and Anele Komsani made no mistake. Nelson Molale and Teboho Miya missed.

Cloetesville won themselves R150000, with Academy taking home R100000. Both schools will have to provide Sasfa with a list of their requirements equal to the two amounts won as prizes.

Chris Joubert, Cloetesville's coach, said: "I have been praying for this moment to come, I'm so excited that we've finally been crowned the national champions.

"We came very close last year after winning in the Western Cape only to finish sixth overall at the national championships.

"It is good for the image of the school, especially considering that we are from a township and do not have any financial backing."

Pitso Mokoena, Academy's coach, said: "We played well, but made a big mistake by underestimating Cloetesville, based on their performance last year."

Mokoena said they were now going to channel their energies into the revived Kay Motsepe Soccer Cup, starting on May 17 in Fouriesburg.

"The Football Stars is now history, we have a pretty good team and will be back to our winning ways, starting with the Kay Motsepe Soccer Cup," Mokoena said yesterday.

Steve Pila, Sasfa general secretary and member of the Safa Youth Affairs and Development Committee, said:

"We would like to thank everybody who contributed to the success of this tournament."