Schools lock horns on soccer field

Two Tembisa schools played friendly soccer matches at Phomolong Sports Ground on May 24.

Matches between St Athanasius Orthodox Christian School and Modern Christian School saw learners showcasing their skills in two divisions.

In the u-11 division St Athanasius players won 2 – 0 against Modern Christian School.

In the u-13 division St Athanasius players won 3 – 1 against Modern Christian School.

St Athanasius coach, Owen Nkomo, said both schools wanted children to be exposed to sport.

“In the first match, the u-11 boys played very well and managed to score their first goal in the first half. The second goal came in the second half and both goals were scored by Tshepo Mvemve,” said Nkomo.

He said he made no substitution for St Athanasius because the boys were performing very well.

Nkomo said St Athanasius u-13 division secured a 3 – 1 win because they accepted and implemented the coach’s instructions.

“Two goals were scored by Tebogo Mabosela and the opponent conceded a third goal which was actually their own mistake because their goalkeeper scored an ‘own’ goal. We had no challenges in this game,” Nkomo added.

Nkomo made substitutions by pulling out Kamogelo Maleka and putting in Neo Kgomo.

He said in his second substitution he pulled out Thabang Senyakanyaka and put in Tshepo Mvemve.

“I wanted to strengthen our midfield and it worked in our favour – hence we came out victorious,” explained Nkomo.
Modern Christian School coach Blessings Mwandosya commented on his side’s losses.

“In my u-11 team there was no co-operation between the defence and goalkeeper. Generally, we played well. We will improve our defence in our training sessions,” said Mwandosya. He conceded that they lost the match in the u-13 division and went on to say that the nature of the game was such that someone must win and the other must lose.

“Yes, we lost but overall my boys played well. We had a setback when our goalkeeper tried kick the ball back into the field instead of holding it and we conceded a goal as a result,” Mwandosya added.

He said they will propose a return match to be played on their home ground and they will make sure that they beat St Athanasius Orthodox Christian School.

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