26 September 2019 — Siphokuhle and Clapham High progressed to this year’s final following their respective wins in the semis at this year’s Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup football tournament currently taking place at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. 

Clapham, who are four-time champions of this schools tournament, sauntered past Khula High with an impressive 3-0 scoreline, with speedy winger Riandre Vries securing his first hat trick in this campaign.

Siphokuhle on the other hand, cut John Ramsey High School’s ambitions of reaching their second consecutive final against Clapham short, following their 2-0 win against them. 

Both of these matches kicked off at the same time on Thursday afternoon, 26 September. 

Clapham coach Michael Manzini, whose side are yet to concede a goal or a defeat in this year’s tournament, said he was pleased with how his charges have performed so far in this year’s Kay Motsepe Schools Cup football edition. 

“I am happy with how the boys played in this match,” Manzini said. “They carried themselves really well and worked extremely hard in keeping matters watertight at back. I am also happy with the goals that we scored on the day. 

“This was our first hat trick in this year’s tournament and we just want to continue with this dominant performance going into Friday’s final.”

Manzini also mentioned that he would have loved to have played against Ramsey in the final for the second year running, however, added that his side will prepare accordingly for their final match against Sanlam Kay Mostepe Schools Cup debutants, Siphokuhle. 

The final match between Clapham and Siphokuhle will kick-off at 13h00, while the 3rd/4th playoff match between Khula High and John Ramsey is expected to kick-off at 10h00 .

Meanwhile, Siphokuhle Team Manager, Menzi Sokhela, said Clapham should brace themselves for a fight of their lives as he and his side will go into Friday’s tie determined to push for nothing but a win. 

“Sure Clapham are yet to lose or concede in this tournament, however, we will be the first ones to hand them their first defeat,” Sokhela said. “We have only conceded once in all of our matches played and trust me when I say my side will not lose in Friday’s final. 

“We are going to beat them 3-0.”