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Boys High soccer first team off to compete in SA Youth Camp

The Kimberley Boys High School first soccer team has started 2019 with their boots ablaze. Having won the Sol Plaatje Promotional League, they are set to now compete in the Premiere League and will soon be jetting off to Durban to compete in the South African Youth Cup.

Coach, Amogelang Maduo, could not be more proud, “On the day that the boys qualified, they played three intense matches back to back. Kimberley Technical High School is their toughest competitor, but it was that win that secured their entry into the SA Youth Cup. All the praise needs to go to them as they worked incredibly hard for this”.

One of the major driving forces behind the team’s excellence, is their number one rule: In order to play on the field, team members need to be performing in their academics first. Having come from a soccer foundation that emphasises the importance of academic progress more than athletic growth, Maduo was able to instill this important principle with his specific group of players, “We have a five-year plan that we are in the process of implementing with the Boys High team. That is to 1) to develop overall good boys. Boys that we are confident and proud to put back in society as positive role models to their peers, 2) to get them to understand that education is the overall beacon of success and that sport is but an incorporation of that education that will assist them in becoming exemplary sportsmen in the future, 3) I aim to transfer the skills I have learnt through my training and coaching as a soccer player so that the standard of players being produced never decreases”.

With Maduo himself having had his fair share of soccer accolades, he is a proud product of Hope United in Kimberley, Stars for Africa Academy in Gauteng and the North West University soccer institute in Mafikeng. Mentored by Henry Basie and Letlhogonolo Morekisis, two of the most decorated local soccer coaches, Maduo believes that hard work, consistency and sacrifice will get his boys to reach their ultimate ‘goals’.

To top it off, five of the Boys High Soccer team were selected to represent South Africa in a Special Schools Olympics in Dubai. They spent a month abroad and came back more fired up than ever, “It was an incredibly exciting opportunity for myself and my team mates. All the hard work we had put in assisted us in getting chosen to represent our country at an international level. It took lots of dedication and commitment, but it certainly paid off in the end,” commented Potlako Job, captain of the first team.

In order to further increase their performance, as much as the team gets assistance from the school, they are still in need of new boots, beacons and medical kits for the team. They have been fortunate to partner with McDonalds as a sponsor for their team but are in need of all the help they can get. Any person, organisation, department or business interested in assisting this local team to continue climbing the sporting ladder are free to contact the Solomon Star.

The first team consists of boys aged between 15 and 18 and are fervently getting ready for Durban as they train five days a week – even on Sundays, “There is no time for girlfriends here as it’s time to take things up a notch. I witnessed real tears of joy the day these boys won the league and that feeling is what I want them to remember forever. They should always carry the principals of where we started and impart the lessons learnt in everything they do, that way they will be well equipped to overcome future challenges,” Maduo concluded.

Well done to the young men who have represented their school, province and country with high esteem.

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