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Clapham High School lifts the Absa Wildeklawer Soccer Tournament title

By Siya Pongco , in Football | Featured Football | News , at 2024-05-05 Tags: , , , , , ,

For the first time, in its third edition, the Absa Wildeklawer Soccer Tournament has a new champion after Clapham High School defeated Grey College 2-1 in the final, at the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley on Saturday.

On the final day, Clapham demonstrated their champion’s qualities by triumphing 3-2 over Maritzburg College in an exciting clash. It was a second meeting in two days for the teams. On Friday, they had played to a 0-0 draw in the group stage.

In the semi-finals, Clapham delivered the goods when it mattered most, outplaying the two-time defending champions, HTS Louis Botha 3-0.

Louis Botha had to settle for third position in the 20-strong field after a win over Kimberley Boys’ High.

This year’s third edition of the Absa Wildeklawer Soccer Tournament produced another significant step forward for the event, which has further bolstered the Absa Wildeklawer sports’ offerings. The soccer competition, together with the huge rugby and netball tournaments, make it the largest schools’ sports event in Africa.

The year’s football tournament featured top teams from various regions across the country, including Cape Town, East London, Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein, and Pretoria, among others. With many of the participants being top performers in their local leagues, the competition was keen, but played in a spirit of good sportsmanship.

While 2024’s tournament has now been consigned to the record books, the organisers are already looking ahead to next season, with the sides that advanced to the final six of the knockout stage having already qualified for the 2025 event: Clapham High School, the reigning champions; Grey College, the 2024 runners-up; HTS Louis Botha, the two-time winners; Kimberley Boys’ High; Maritzburg College; and Paul Roos Gymnasium.

RESULTS

Final Six

Grey College 1-0 Paul Roos Gymnasium
Clapham High School 3-2 Maritzburg College
HTS Louis Botha 0 (5) – 0 (4) Kimberly Boys’ High

Semifinals 

Clapham High School 3-0 HTS Louis Botha
Grey College 1-0 Kimberley Boys’ High

Final 

Clapham High School 2-1 Grey College

TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT

Goalkeeper 

Lethukuthula Mahlangu (Clapham High School)

Defenders

Tumiso Makena (Clapham High School), Thuto Lephoi (Kimberley Boys’ High), Joshua Bailey (Paul Roos Gymnasium), Tlou Lekgau (Clapham High School),

Midfielders 

Mthokozisi Mathibela (Clapham High School), Leago Ledwaba (Clapham High School), Botlhale Malokase (Grey College), Thato Pone (HTS Louis Botha)

Forwards

Sechaba Gaseitsiwe (Kimberley Boys’ High), and Freddy Mokgwe (Clapham High School)

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