18 November 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Rustenburg school wins provincial Under-12 Danone Nations Cup

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 22 july 2018

A Rustenburg school socccer team will represent Bokone Bophirima province at the under-12 Danone Nations Cup national finals on 16 September 2018.
Laerskool Rustenburg Noord won the
under-12 Danone Nations Cup Provincial
finals that took place at Matlosana Stadium
in Klerksdorp last weekend.
The school whipped Kwala-Kitso Primary
School 3-1 in the final after the regional
winners across the province were
pitted against each other to compete for
the spot in the national finals.
Coach of Laerskool Rustenburg Noord,
Busisiwe Mangena, said: “I am proud of
my boys. They represented us well during the under-12 Danone Nations Cup
Provincial final. They showed pedigree in front of goals and they were more disciplined,
dedicated and determined than ever.
“I believe that we will represent the
province well at the national level and
eventually bring the cup home. We prepared
well and I saw some improvements
on my boys. The key area where we have
developed is communication on the field”. Mangena, who is a Zimbabwean national,
said she is passionate about soccer
even though she has no formal coaching qualifications. The 35-year-old Natural
Science and Technology teacher said
she started playing soccer at a young age with her siblings.
“I was the only girl in the team at that
stage. I played soccer until high school, but never pursued a career in sport. I am
currently playing occasional soccer with the Lebone Teachers soccer team on
weekends.
“I also coached the school’s under-8 and 9 teams last year and I was promoted
to the under-12s this year. It is a huge
achievement for me to get the team to the
national level in my first year of coaching,”
she said.
Mangena added that she is excited
about development programmes such as the Danone Nations Cup. She further
said the under-12 Danone Nations Cup is
a vehicle for social change through support
for sports-based youth development
programmes.
Coach of Kwala-Kitso Primary School
from Christiana, Tumelo Legalamitlwa,
said his team performed well despite losing
to Rustenburg-Noord. Legalamitlwa
said they are grateful to have reached the
provincial level for the first time.
“Our players performed fairly well and it
was the first time we reached the provincial
level, even though we have been participating
in the tournament since 2009.I only joined the school last year, so it is
exciting for me to have played a pivotal
role in getting the kids to the next level of

the tournament.
“The boys have an exceptional talent.
The road to the provincials was tough,
but we managed to show our [strength]
along the way with this amazing squad
of players. I have seen them grow in
leaps and bounds with every game they
played,” he said.
Legalamitlwa said one of their key players
was their midfielder, Onalenna Lithojo,
who has consistently improved since
the cluster levels.
“The boy is outstanding and he is a
great source of inspiration for other players.
Lithojo motivated them during games
when the chips were down. However, we
will continue to work hard and ensure
that next year we bring a new ball game,”
Legalamitlwa said.
The four schools that participated
in the competition are:
1. Kwala-Kitso Primary School (Dr Ruth
Segomotsi Mompati region)
2. Rustenburg Laerskool Noord (Bojanala
region)
3. Potchefstroom Primary School (Dr
Kenneth Kaunda region)
4. Refethuto Primary School (Ngaka
Modiri Molema region)