Sudden death the decider
Rietvale High School’s football team walked away with a R100 000 cheque when they won their fourth provincial final of the Under-19 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup tournament sponsored by the Motsepe Foundation and Sanlam at the Kalahari High school grounds in Kuruman on Saturday.
The school first won the Sanlam-Kay Motsepe cup in 2011 and defended the title for two years in a row following that victory. Their campaign then faltered for the next three years, but on Saturday they stormed back to their familiar champion form.
Rietvale topped the five other Northern Cape regional teams. Teams like Kakamas High from the ZF Mgcawu region, Weslaan High from the Pixley ka Seme district, Langweg High from the JTG area and Okiep High from Namakwaland were no match for Rietvale.
Rietvale’s coach Barry Kamies told the DFA that his team stumbled right at the start when they lost their first round robin game against Weslaan High who beat them 2-1. However, they clobbered the same Weslaan High 4-0 in the return match.
This gave them a place in the final against Kakamas High who topped the other group. Kamies said two red cards in each half handed to two of his squad members Luciano Macrema and Cassius Spandeel nearly cost them the game as they had only nine players on the field at one point.
As luck would have it striker Tebogo Zuzie slotted two goals in the second half, but not without some drama. There were some heart-flutters after Rietvale had taken the lead through Zuzie’s first goal; Kakamas equalised within ten minutes and then went ahead 2-1 before Zuzie restored parity (2-2) and forced the match into extra time.
Both sides exhausted all their penalty goals which sent the match to sudden death to decide the champions. Rietvale came out tops, scoring seven goals to the Kakamas team’s six.