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Monday, 02 April 2012 10:03

Soccer: SA Schools Shootout Rietvale triumph


Kimberley’s Rietvale High School beat Mohloli Secondary School from Sharpeville 10-9 on penalties to claim the inaugural SA Schools Shootout title at Sacred Heart College in Observatory, Johannesburg today (Saturday 31 March). The match, broadcast live on SuperSport 4, saw the teams finish the match with a goal apiece – meaning the match headed straight to the lottery of penalties. 

soccer1The 1-1 Final draw mirrored the teams’ matchday 3 result, when they drew 2-2 in the group stage. It was end-to-end stuff from the kick-off, but both sides spurned a number of good opportunities to open the scoring. Rietvale took the lead through Modise in the 18th minute as Jim Matube headed the goal-bound header away, but the assistant referee adjudged it to have crossed the line.

Mohloli’s Kagiso Setloane capitalized on a defensive error 4 minutes from half time as Dondolo headed the ball backwards across his own goal and the unmarked striker reacted quickly to head home past Romique Julius.

The second half produced more of the same, as both teams showed their intent to finish the match in regulation time. In the 49th minute, Mohloli’s Nthuli broke into the box but was thwarted by Julius as the goalkeeper bravely dived at his feet. Isaac Stander went straight up the other end and brought out a tremendous save from Sakoane as the ball looked destined for the top corner.

The coaches made a flurry of changes, but the substitutes couldn’t influence the match and went straight to a penalty shootout. After 19 consecutive penalties were scored, Romique Julius saved William Papane’s shot to claim the inaugural title for Rietvale.

Benny’s Sports Development and Academy took revenge for their matchday 4 defeat against Paballelo by beating the Upington side 3-1 in the 3rd/4th place playoff match. Bennys’ star player Lesedi Kapinga scored a brace and Theo Phophi headed in after good work down the left wing from Lucky Manayame in the 47th minute. Andile Gqili pulled one back for Paballelo ten minutes from time, but his side then had Sinethemba Gubula sent off after a collision in the Benny’s box in the last minute, ending their hopes of a comeback.

Voortrekkerhoogte and Sacred Heart College shared a 2-2 draw, with the Pretoria side scoring all 4 goals in their Gauteng Festival encounter. Voortrekkerhoogte scored first through star midfielder Don Julius, but then found themselves 2-1 down after goalkeeper Netshivhambe diverted a speculative cross into his own net and Katleho Masekoa sliced a clearance into his own goal. Voortrekkerhoogte then equalized in the 29th minute with a long-range free kick.

Hosts Sacred Heart College beat Meadowlands 2-0 thanks to goals from Kondwana Mahaka-Phiri and Phetago Siane in a Gauteng Festival fixture. Meadowlands had made all the early running, but fell behind in the 21st minute when Mahaka-Phiri seemed to hesitate in the box when played through, but tricked Sphamandla Mndawe as he jinked left and right to make space to fire home past Rodney Seshoene.

Meadowlands captain Thapelo Sibisi was given his marching orders as he picked up a second yellow card midway through the second half, giving his side a mountain to climb. Sacred Heart picked up a second goal to kill off the contest when goalkeeper Seshoene conceded an unnecessary corner and unmarked striker Phetogo Siane powered in a header at the far post from the resultant centre.

There was one other Gauteng Festival fixture on the day - a Soweto Derby - which saw Orlando High School beat Meadowlands High 2-1.

Idols star Lloyd Cele was on hand to entertain the crowd, which contained a host of dignitaries including the Minister of Sport & Recreation, the Hon Fikile Mbalula, SASFA President Mandla Mazibuko, SASCOC President Gideon Sam, SuperSport CEO Happy Ntshingila and music legend Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse.

The following individual accolades were handed out:
Goalkeeper of the Tournament – Thato Sakoane (Mohloli)
Golden Boot – Clifton Pretorius (Rietvale), having scored 4 goals
Player of the Tournament – Isaac Stander (Rietvale)
After the final, the SA Schools Shootout All-Stars Team was named, which recognized the best 18 players of the tournament. These talented youngsters will participate in a program that will harness their talents and set them up for a shot at the stage that their skills deserve, including training sessions under the guidance of a top PSL coach, training opportunities with PSL/First Division clubs in their respective region, matches against PSL reserve league teams/ first division teams and opportunities for qualifying boys to be absorbed into existing academies.

The SA Schools Shootout All-Stars Team is:
Romique Julius (Rietvale)
Shaun Jansen (Paballelo)
Mpho Motloung (Mohloli)
Thabang Sethooa (Mohloli)
Mavuso Mahlangu (Mohloli)
Mothobisi Lamola (Mahlatsi)
Pule Bolao (Leruntse Lesedi)
Justin Kruger (Rietvale)
Evander Spandiel (Rietvale)
Theo Phophi (Benny’s Sports Development and Academy)
Isaac Stander (Rietvale)
Angelo van Rooi (Rietvale)
Lehlohonolo Nthuli (Mohloli)
Lesedi Kapinga (Benny’s Sports Development and Academy)
Andrew Kabota (Benny’s Sports Development and Academy)
Jane Pelesa (Leruntse Lesedi)
Seun Kobeshe (Mohloli)
Maduvha Matodzi (Benny’s Sports Development and Academy)
For more information about the SA Schools Shootout, visit

Caption: Rietvale High School from Kimberley won the inaugural SA Schools Shootout, defeating Mohloli Secondary School 10-9 on penalties. Reitvale walk away with R75 000 work of sports equipment after three tense weekends of competition.

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