U11 team com­plete league, cup dou­ble

The Witness - - HORSE RACING -

THE Soc­cer Kids Academy un­der11 team com­pleted a re­mark­able “dou­ble­dou­ble” by lift­ing the Dur­ban Cen­tral Lo­cal Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (DCLFA) Cup on Sat­ur­day.

They had al­ready been con­firmed as the DCLFA un­der­11 league cham­pi­ons a few weeks ear­lier, but what makes this a unique achieve­ment is that the team are from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg and won the Mar­itzburg Dis­tricts Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (MDFA) league and cup dou­ble in 2016.

“Af­ter win­ning the MDFA league and cup in 2016 with­out even draw­ing a match, we dis­cussed with the par­ents that for the play­ers’ de­vel­op­ment we needed to push them and find new chal­lenges,” said coach Dan Haswell. “So we de­cided to en­ter the DCLFA league this year.

“This meant that the team would have to travel to Dur­ban for matches and that, of course, would be an ex­tra chal­lenge in it­self for the boys.

“It was good for them in that the com­pe­ti­tion was stronger and although we won the league, we did lose a cou­ple of games and in a way that is what we wanted for the team — for the boys to ex­pe­ri­ence that and to test their re­solve.

“The cup com­pe­ti­tion was also tough on the boys be­cause it had been a long sea­son for them but again, they showed great de­ter­mi­na­tion and will to win by win­ning both the semi­fi­nals and the fi­nal on penal­ties.

“They really are a tal­ented bunch who are keen to learn and they play with such style that they draw pos­i­tive com­ments when­ever they play.

“We plan to keep them to­gether for a few years and who knows where it might take them?” added Haswell

The team com­pleted the league sea­son with 11 wins from 14 matches, scor­ing an in­cred­i­ble 53 goals and con­ced­ing just six.

— Sup­plied.

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