By Andisiwe Mali
Lingelihle Senior Secondary School yaseLinge eKomani, are the 2014 Eastern Cape Provincial Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Champions, after beating Walmer High School 3-0 at the Jabavu Stadium in Uitenhage on August 16.
Lingelihle takes the title for the second time since 2012. Sandile Mata, the school’s principal and the team’s technical director said he was thrilled that the hard work they have put in this year has paid off.
Mata acknowledged Vuyisa Bobani’s development and effort. Bobani scored four goals in the provincial finals. “He is a gifted footballer and keeps on improving with every game. I’m hoping the scouts from the professional clubs spot him at the national finals,” Mata said.
Winning the provincial title means Lingelihle bags the R100 000 prize to spend on legacy projects. They head to the national finals of the competition to be staged in Tshwane (Giant stadium) ngo October 8 – 11.
On plans for the bounty Mata said; “We do have a school bus, but it needs to be serviced, so we are hoping to use some of the winnings to do that. If we win at the national finals we will perhaps purchase a new bus as well”.
Among the team’s stars is 19 year-old winger Vuyisani Bobani. He started off playing in the streets of Ilinge before joining a local club. At 16 he attended Lingelihle and joined the school team. He says; “I was part of the 2012 team that won the provincial finals, but unfortunately we didn’t win at the nationals. I am happy to be part of the team again this year and my goal is to finish within the top four.
“I know that the competition at the nationals will be tough and many of the schools will have academy players, but we are the best school in Eastern Cape, we need to remain focused and make sure that we play as a united front,” adds the young star.