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Two GDL dark horses set to meet in Tshwane | Round 15

By Ongama Gcwabe , in Football | Featured Football | News , at 2024-05-31 Tags: , ,

Two of the most impactful football schools in South Africa, Rosina Sedibane Modiba Sports School and the School of Excellence, are set to meet in Tshwane this weekend.

Who can forget the impact Mama Rosina Sedibane Modiba had on South African sports in general, let alone track and field, a sport in which she excelled in the late ’70s?

Modiba, born in Atteridgeville, in apartheid South Africa, dared to dream when all the odds were stacked against her. At her peak she defied those odds and won the 1 500m during the multi-racial provincial championships at Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria in March 1977, beating the then-record-holder Sonja Laxton.

Modiba was a pioneer, a trailblazer for the likes of Caster Semenya, another global track and field legend born and bred in South Africa.

As a result, the former Laudium Technical College in Gauteng was officially renamed the Rosina Sedibane Modiba Sports School of Focused Learning to commemorate her achievements.

This stubbornness, courage and never-say-die spirit is on display week in and out in the Gauteng Development League (GDL) when Rosina Sedibane Modiba Sports School takes to the field in each of the four divisions.

They’re currently eighth in the under-19 standings, with five victories and as many losses in 14 fixtures. They’re also desperate to maintain their position on the log, especially after losing 0-3 last week to their neighbours, SuperSport United.

In the past two seasons, Rosina Sedibane has hovered around the top 10 in the division and will present the School of Excellence with a stiff challenge when they go at it on the weekend.

The School of Excellence has an equally rich history of its own.

Academies and schools are judged on the number of players they produce that go on to earn international caps. In South African football, no other school or academy comes close to the School of Excellence on that metric.

Daine Klate, South Africa’s most decorated DStv Premiership footballer, with six league titles, including three in a row, is a proud old boy. Steven Pienaar, Bernard Parker, Bryce Moon and Masilo Modubi, to name a few, all hail from the School of Excellence.

However, all is not roses at the school at present, with many saying their glory days are well and truly in the past. This follows Transnet’s exit as the longstanding sponsor of the school. Recent reports say that the school owes Eskom over R1-million.

The issues in the boardroom have filtered down to the quality of the product on the pitch as the School of Excellence has moved from being regulars in the top four of the standings in the past two seasons to occupying seventh place after 14 rounds of the 2024 campaign.

However, the school appears to be clawing its way back to form following a 3-3 draw against Sevens Academy last week, in a match in which their goalkeeper scored a stunning freekick to remind the country they still have a superb eye for talent.

WATCH: School of Excellence Goalkeeper Scores Stunning Freekick

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