When Leggae Mogapi successfully converted his penalty during the shoot out against Jeppe in the Boden Cup final recently, he was swamped by his team mates, and he joined in passionately when it ended 5-4 in favour of King Edward VII School, winning the coveted trophy for them.
It was, he said, symbolic of how the boys at the school stick together on the sports field, and of how much it means to them to play together and to win together.
Leggae was spotted playing hockey for Monument Primary School and offered a TAG bursary to attend the school. “I got into the school, I guess, because of my hockey ability,” he said, “but I never expected hockey to play such a big part of my life. My friends are my hockey team mates, and it’s on the hockey field that I experience the KES brotherhood that makes this such a special school.”
Leggae is modest about his role in his hockey team’s success. He has been one of the stars, as is shown by his selection last year for the Gauteng under-14 team – a team chosen from South, East and North Gauteng – and, therefore, a step above the Southerns team that some of his team mates made.
He is also in the mix for this year’s South Gauteng under-16 team, even though he is still under-15.
And while hockey plays a big part in his life, Leggae is very much an all round KES boy. Hostel life, he admits, has its ups and downs, but all in all it’s a lot of fun. “There are 18 boys in my dorm, so there’s not much privacy, but it means I have lots of friends, and they are available all the time,” he said.
And, in the hostel there is help available when it comes to his school work. “The prefects are willing to lend a hand when you don’t understand something, and the teachers are also there.” He is struggling with maths and is getting extra help from a teacher at the school.
He plays basketball, and runs the 800m for the athletics team and, this year, he is going to try out for the under-15 soccer team. When asked if he is happy at KES, he replies with an enthusiastic yes. “I like coming to school, the way the boys support each other is great.”
Leggae is aware of the support he is getting. “I know that there are boys out there who are not getting the opportunities and the schooling that I’m getting,” he said. “There are people who believe in me and I don’t want to let them down.”
He kept his side of the bargain by performing on the hockey field as the under-15s gave the school something to celebrate in the Boden final last month.