BY BAKANG MOKOTO
North West under-12 Danone Nations Cup provincial soccer finals will take place on May 6 at the Alabama Stadium in Klerksdorp. Mmamitlwa Primary School of Saulspoort will be there for the first time.
Moses Mahau who is the coach, said that they entered the competition for the first time last year and they are thrilled to advance to the next stage at their second attempt. There will be 3 other regional winners competing in the province.
“We are a rural school, located in Raserapane Section, Moruleng in the Moses Kotane district. So we do not have good facilities. Even though we play on a sand field, we have the same chance as any other school of going further in the competition. Look at Benny’s Sport and Academy. They are also a rural school but they won the national finals last year and finished 14th at the world finals, out of 32 schools,” Mohau said.
Mmamitlwa qualified after winning their regional finals that took place on 1st April this year.
There were 12 schools competing in the regional finals and they were divided into 3 groups of 4 schools each. One of the teams in their pool was disqualified and Mmamitlwa won one and drew the other of their pool games to finish on top of their group.
They met Segwetlhane Primary School in the semi-finals, and won in a penalty shootout.
“It was a tough semi-final. Segwetlhane scored first, but we managed to equalised. We eventually won the game on penalties. That put us into the final against Matlhware of Rustenburg Rural. That game also ended in a 1-all draw and Mmamitlwa won on penalties.
Mahau started teaching at the school in 2013. He has no formal coaching qualification, but he coaches at two local clubs and his experience has helped him with the school team.
“I am passionate about development and it is the responsibility of school coaches to teach the children the basic rules of the game. That will instill good habits at an early age to help develop them to professional level.
“It is critical at this young age to build the players’ self-esteem and confidence. That comes primarily from the home environment so I encourage parents to get involved with every aspect of the child from their school work to extra murals,” he said.
Mahau also encouraged the parents to watch their kids whenever they can. He further said he always tried to motivate and encourage them.
“I hope they will all come to the provincials as that is great motivation for the team to perform well. Although I have no idea what to expect at the provincial finals, I am pretty confident that my team has the same chance of getting into the national finals as any other school there. If we get the systems into place and stick to our structures we can do as well as Benny’s,” he concluded.
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