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GAME ON: Clapham player (blue) vs SOE player (purple) during the 2015 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Gauteng Provincial Finals.

GAME ON: Clapham player (blue) vs SOE player (purple) during the 2015 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Gauteng Provincial Finals.

The Transnet SAFA School of Excel¬lence under-19 soccer team won the Gauteng provincial title in the Kay Mot¬sepe Schools Cup competition beating Clapham High School 1-0 in the final.

They will be going to the National finals in October, hoping to emulate the school’s 2012 side, who went one further, winning the national title that year and getting the R1 million first prize.

Gavin Silango, the team’s coach, said it’s great to be back at the top of the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup.

“Since 2012 we have been working towards building a very strong team and I can safely say this is our strongest team by far,” he said.

“The boys have been doing exceptional¬ly well since the cluster games began. The majority of the team is in grade 12 and as this is their exit year they want to leave behind a legacy – which is to win money for the school.” Good preparation is the key to success, Silango believes, and this team started early.

“We knew what our goal was and still is, and we worked very hard towards achiev¬ing that goal,” he said.

The School of Excellence has always focused on individual development. “It’s a tradition at the school and I think that’s what got me interested in working here,” Silango said.

“Our style of football is different to other teams, it’s exciting, interesting to watch and has a South African flair to it.”

“We believe in fully developing a player individually and making sure that they understand themselves and their roles within a team,” Silango added.

At the provincial finals, the team was very high in spirits and confidence.

“Our plan as the technical team was not to put any pressure on the players and to leave them to showcase what we have taught them. It also gives us insight into how they have understood instruction as well as playing under pressure,” said Silango.

October seems far away, but prepa¬rations for the nationals start im¬mediately, we will continue training like we have been, playing in local leagues and arranging a few friendly games just to prepare the team.

Silango started coaching at the school in 2010 and is the first goal keeper to coach at the school. He played as a ‘keeper for Jomo Cosmos, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns before in¬jury cut his career short and since then has done a first year course in goalkeeper coaching and has been goalkeeper coach for Ban¬yan Banyana and the Mamelodi Sundowns development team.