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Deputy President Paul Mashatile commends CAF Schools’ champions

By Siya Pongco , in Football | News , at 2024-06-17 Tags: ,

During the Youth Day Celebrations at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday, 16 June, the Deputy President of South Africa, Paul Mashatile, used the occasion to laud the South African u15 girls’ football team.

Less than a month ago, in Zanzibar, Tanzania, coach Ntombifuthi Khumalo’s team won the CAF African Schools Championship.

The SA u15 girls triumphed over Morocco in a penalty shootout, winning 4-3 from the spot after the game had ended in a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Coach Khumalo had previously guided Edendale Technical High School to victory in the AFCON COSAFA Qualifiers twice, which earned them a spot in the CAF Finals of the Schools Championship. However, they had never previously won the title.

Not only did their triumph over Morocco speaks volumes about the team’s resilience, but it was a breakthrough victory, a milestone achievement, as they became the first South African team to be crowned the champions of the CAF African Schools Championship.

“I would like to commend the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, for promoting the Sports for Youth Development (S4YD) initiative as a serious medium of intervention that promotes the physical and mental health of our youth and reinforces the fact that young people are at the heart of South Africa’s work to promote unity, active citizenry, peace, and development,” Deputy President Mashatile said.

“We must include the young people in discussions that influence their current goals and our future goals.”

Siya Pongco
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