ULwazi Schools Super 8 Thrills
A thrilling day of soccer action sorted out the pretenders from the challengers as the inaugural uLwazi Schools Super 8 competition got down to business in Butterworth on Saturday.
Eight schools from the surrounding regions battled it out in the straight knock out competition, that saw the quarterfinals and semifinals taking place.
By the end of the day the last two teams left standing were hosts Ndabankulu High School from Butterworth and Xolilizwe High School from Gatyane.
They will now face off in Sunday afternoon's grand finale at the Msobumvu Sports Grounds and the two teams will be going all out to claim the inaugural title.
To get to the final Ndabankulu beat Lukhanyiso High from Ngqamakwe in the quarters and then Jalamba High from Elliotdale in the semis, while Xolilizwe beat Cofimvaba High from Cofimvaba in their quarter and Executive Academy from Dutywa in their semi match up.
The brainchild of the tournament is PSL Spokesperson Lux September, in partnership with the MultiChoice Sports Trust and he was in attendance on the opening day to watch over the tournament.
“The standard of soccer has been amazing and it was a fantastic day out,” September told the Dispatch.
“But it is not just myself, it is my board, the LOC here and the schools who made this tournament possible and I can only see it going from strength to strength from here.
“It has been an amazing day and I am thoroughly exhausted, but when you see how it has turned out it is all worth it and I am looking forward to tomorrow's final.”
Part of the event has also been a coaching clinic for the teams involved, held by well respected South African coach Farouk Khan and the players got a taste of this during the first session between the quarters and semis on Saturday afternoon.
They will get a second session between 9am and 11:30am at Lilitha Guest House on Sunday morning, before the third/fourth play-off and final take place.
Sunday's uLwazi Schools Super 8 action at the Msobomvu Sports Grounds:
12pm: Executive Academy v Jalamba (3rd/4th)
1pm: Ndabankulu vXolilizwe (final)