The KZNCU, DSR and Sunfoil Township And Rural Development under 19 side suffered a ten wicket loss at the hands of Westville Boys High School in the semi-finals of the KZN Coastal stream of the Coca Cola Schools T20 Challenge at Kearsney College on Friday.
But, Sanelisiwe Kuzwayo, the manager of the Development Programme, told the team that they could be proud of themselves. “I know you’re disappointed, but I’m proud that you’ve come this far,” she said. “You face many challenges and yet you have come this far – you can be proud of yourselves.” Kuzwayo was referring to the fact that the players making up the side live in various townships and rural areas across KZN and don’t enjoy the luxury of training together regularly. On Friday, each player had to board public transport to Kingsmead in the early hours of the morning in order to be transported to Kearsney from a central point.
On their way to the semi-final, the team impressed, losing one game and winning five (including a fixture against Glenwood High School).
“I’m happy but I’m sad,” said one of the Development side’s coaches Lungisani Simelane. “Happy because we reached this stage for the first time but sad to lose the game.”
“The boys are sad because they didn’t win but we told them reaching the semi finals is an achievement. Last year we reached the quarter finals. We are looking forward to reaching the finals next year.”