Charles Morgan Combined on a roll with provincial finals victory
CHARLES Morgan Combined School from King William’s Town came out victorious at the recent football provincial finals of the McDonald’s U14 Schools League.
In three high-intensity final matches, the young footballers displayed phenomenal football skills, where the Charles Morgan Combined School worked hard at gaining a competitive edge over their opponents with a 3-2 win against Mntonitshi School from OR Tambo Municipality.
Team manager Masixole Goli said they attribute their success to the support from school staff and dedication from players.
“We have taken part in this tournament for eight years, but have only gone to provincials three times, so we are quite excited about this achievement.”
Over the years, the McDonald’s U14 School League, through a partnership with SA Schools Football Association (Sasfa), has assisted nationwide in enhancing football skills in schools. The festivals have also played a huge role in bringing communities closer together.
“This is the last soccer festival before the finals kick off at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria from September 29 to October 1, so it is a great pleasure for us to be part of grassroots football development, CEO of McDonald’s South Africa Greg Solomon said.
Proper planning and training has helped the little footballers from Ginsberg in King William’s Town with their achievement.
Goli further alluded that they are not going to Pretoria just to add numbers, but to conquer.
The school has reason to be confident, the U15 team reached the Copa Coca-Cola national semifinals and the U16 team came ninth in South Africa, in the now defunct Metropolitan Sasfa U16 Cup last year.
“Other sporting codes like our rugby and cricket teams have also become motivated by our successes and are looking to achieve great things,” Goli said.