Good times are coming early at recently opened school in the township of Thandukukhanya in the sports department especially football. The three (3) year old school from Mkhondo Local Municipality in the Gert Sibande Region of Mpumalanga is going to the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup provincial finals in Mobombela on Saturday 08 September 2018.
The school which recently opened its doors at Phola Park -an extension of Thandukukhanya township- has found itself competing in the biggest schools competition in South Africa. The school seems to be following up on their name Ubuhlebuzile which means, “The good times have arrived.” Ubuhlebuzile Secondary School boys under 19 will not only represent Mkhondo but the entire Gert Sibande District Municipality at the provincial finals.
The school seems to be following up on their name Ubuhlebuzile which means, “The good times have arrived.”
A win at the provincial finals will guarantee them a place at the National finals later this year. Mkhondo has had two other schools that have participated in the provincial and national finals in previous years. Amadlelo Secondary School and Kwashuku Combined School reached the same stage of the completion two times since the cup was launched. The highest position ever achieved by a local school is the semi final stage which was achieved by KwaShushuku Combined School in 2015. The team from Ubuhlebuzile Secondary School is led by Total Football United FC coach Thokozani ‘TeeKay’ Hlatshwayo. The coach is no stranger to provincial competitions having won the Schools Premier League Cup with the under 15 girls of Imizamoyethu Primary School in December 2016. Imizamoyethu Primary won a 64 seater bus for winning the Schools Premier League Cup.
The coach knows the boys very well through years of experience of coaching the same boys in the local development league. The majority of players going into the finals began playing football the same time as the current Mkhondo Development League began to be taken seriously in Mkhondo. The development league has played non-stop since 2013 when the current team was playing under 13 and under 15 league football. This will not only be a test for Ubuhlebuzile Secondary School but it will also a test of how far the local Mkhondo Development League has gone in terms of the development of players and contribution to South African Football Association vision 2022.