Soccer is a team sport and successful teams rely on more than just the players who perform on the field, and the input of the coaches on the side-line.
The best of them have great support structures, and that was certainly the case with the Jeppe 1st soccer team that won the Waterstone tournament last weekend.
In fact, Jeppe’s coach Mr Kolkenbeck-Ruh believes we would not have won the event if it were not for three matric boys who gave up their weekend to be there, helping out in various ways.
“They were from Tsessebe, Luyanda Ntombela and Simphiwe Skosana spent the whole weekend there and they were joined on Sunday by Ntuthuko Ndimande, fresh from winning the cross-country race at Westville. He only got home late on Saturday night but was there first thing on Sunday.“And the assistance, was the stuff that really isn’t fun. Picking up cones, filling up water bottles, collecting balls.
They did this with a smile on their face and passion and support for the team.“Ntuthuko is a high profile guy at the school, yet there he was, giving guys stretches and rubbing down cramping legs. He was brilliant. All three of the boys were in uniform, and they represented our school superbly,” Mr Ruh said.
“This was brotherhood at its best. I never requested it from them at all, and they did it to help their fellow Jeppe boys.“We would not have won the tournament without them.”