Giant-killers have their way
There were more upsets in the provincial playoffs of the Kay Motsepe Cup as underdogs brush aside the favourites.
The national finalists for Gauteng, Limpopo and North West were decided at different venues on Saturday.
At Monsterlus Stadium in Limpopo, near Grobblersdal, underdogs Tshikanoshi High School made full use of home ground advantage to kick out favourites and the province's perennial representatives, Hudson Ntsanwisi, during a preliminary round. A goal by Lawrance Aphane was good enough to give Ntsanwisi an early shower.
The two semis were decided on penalties when Wisdom Academy pipped Mokopane Academy 3-0, while Tshikanoshi continued their surprising run by beating Tlakale 4-3.
A late goal by Given Bogopa forced the final match to penalties and won by Tshikanoshi 5-4 against Wisdom Academy.
"Our plan is to develop a new strategy different from the one we used during the provincial championship of two strikers. We will also work on our defence that had some cracks on Saturday," Tshikanoshi coach Joe "Peanuts" Masalesa told Sowetan yesterday.
Safa-Transnet School of Excellence beat Meadowlands High 2-0 before they suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Tlakula and played to a goalless draw with Rosina Sedibane to accumulate four points, two behind group leaders Meadowlands, during the round robin matches in Gauteng, and missed the provincial finals.
The other group was won by Thuto Lore who were hammered 4-0 by Meadowlands in a one-sided final.
In North West another favourite, Kebaletele High, was kicked out in the semis by the determined Michael Modisakeng, who beat them 4-3 on penalties after the two played to a 2-all draw during regulation time.
Thuto Kitso were made to sweat before beating Bopaganang 2-1. Michael Modisakeng went on to beat Thuto Kitso 4-3 during a tightly contested final.
The three winners will join Sozama from Mpumalanga, Cloetesville from Western Cape, SA van Wyk from Northern Cape and Harmony from Free State in the national playoffs.
Eastern Cape will hold their provincial event on June 21 and KwaZulu-Natal decide theirs seven days later.
Themba Tshabalala, the tournament's national coordinator, said the national finals will be played from July 9 to 12 in Mamelodi.