NCEDO Senior Secondary School will be looking to go all the way and win the R1000000 prize money in the Sanlam Kay Motsepe u-19 Schools Soccer Cup this year.
The NU10 school came tops in Motherwell against 11 other high schools last year and made it past the regional and provincial rounds.
Team manager, Siphiwo Mtshingila, said they qualified by default in the provincial round.
“The school from East London that we played against, fielded players that were not pupils at the school and were disqualified,” said Mtshingila.
The cup is an initiative co-funded by Sanlam, the Ubuntu-Botho Community Development Trust and the Motsepe Family Foundation.
“It is the biggest schools’ soccer sponsorship with the largest prize money in the history of South African schools soccer.”
Mtshingila said they surprised a lot of people when they came third at the nationals played at Mangaung University in Bloemfontein last year.
“We topped our group, but lost in the semifinal against a school from Cape Town.
“I think we underestimated them because we drew with them in the group stage though we rested our regular players, since we had already qualified.
“For the third place play-off we played against Johannesburg High School, which is also the Orlando Pirates development side.
“We stunned them 2-0,” he said.
They received R500000, which the school used to buy a Toyota Quantum and build a computer lab.
“The proposed date for the official hand-over of the Quantum and computer lab is May 30. We are expecting [Patrice] Motsepe and the Sundowns team to be at the school.
“Only two boys left the school from last year’s team, so we still have pretty much the same team,” said Mtshingila.
The Motherwell leg will start soon with the Nelson Mandela Bay finals scheduled for May 23 at the Wolfson Stadium.
The provincial finals will be played on June 9 in Mthatha.
The national finals will be played in July at a venue still to be announced.