Danone swings to action

Matome Lebea

Matome Lebea

Maru-a-tona primary school were first off the blocks to qualify for the Danone Nations Cup Under-13 national championship.

They now await other event winners to see who their challengers for the right to represent South Africa at the World Champs in Brazil in October.

Maru-a-tona took the North West leg beating Bakang 4-3 on penalties on Saturday at Matlosane Stadium in Khuma.

The national championship organised by the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) will be held in Soweto on May 29 and 30 with the winners going to Brazil.

Maru-a-tona made their intensions clear from the onset beating Manno 2-1 in the preliminary stage before crushing Agisanang 2-0 on their way to the final.

Bakang also had an easy ride to the final following their 1-0 victory over Lekoko, then beating Retlakgona by the same score in the semi-finals.

The final was tightly contested and went into penalties after the sides failed to score.

Sammy Mamabolo, the provincial coordinator said all the schools showed commitment hence the champions were decided through penalties.

"We are confident that Maru-a-tona will represent us well nationally. We also want to commend the teachers for a job well done in training the players and bringing in correct documentation," said Mamabolo yesterday.

The remaining three provincial championships will be held as follows: Free State (April 25) Gauteng (May 2) and Mpumalanga (May 16).