22 July 2018 – Ikekeletso Technical High School from Kuruman region in the Northern Cape were crowned champions of the Northern Cape COPA Coca-Cola Play Offs on Saturday, 21 July at the Robert Gunda Stadium in Upington. This was after edging Steynville High School 5-3 on penalties following an evenly balanced 1-1 scoreline after full time.

 

Even after getting off to a rather challenging start with a 1-1 draw in their opening fixture against Kimberley Technical School, the newly crowned Northern Cape champions showed character in their next fixture with an impressive 2-1 victory over Carlton Van Heerden to finish top of their group and secure a place in the finals.

 

In the other group matches, Steynville High School also had to show character against a resilient Hoerskool Aggeneys. As the only two teams in the group, the two schools faced each other twice where Steynville emerged 1-0 winners in both encounters to qualify for the final in what was a fun filled day of school’s football in Upington.

 

As an addition to this year’s COPA Coca-Cola tournament, Coca-Cola launched its COPA Coca-Cola Future Stars search which will see selected players being hand-picked by COPA Coca-Cola Ambassador, Jabu “Shuffle” Mahlangu alongside a team of talent scouts for a unique training camp to be held at the High-Performance Centre in Pretoria later this year.

 

The next stop for the tournament will be on Saturday, 28 July at the COPA Coca-Cola Western Cape Provincial Play Offs set to take place at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Belville where COPA Coca-Cola ambassador, Jabu “Shuffle” Mahlangu will be there to identify more players for the COPA Coca-Cola Future Stars camp.

 

“A school’s football development initiative such as the COPA Coca-Cola tournament is exactly what South African football needs to move forward and this is demonstrated in how the tournament has produced a number of quality footballers that I remember playing against in my career. We saw amazing talent in the last two provinces and we are looking forward to witnessing more school’s football talent through the COPA Coca-Cola U15 tournament” said Mahlangu.

Ikekeletso Technical School celebrate winning the Northern Cape COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Play Offs.

Ikekeletso Technical School Road to the final:

 

Team A Score Team B
Ikekeletso Technical School 1-1 Kimberley Technical School
Carlton Van Heerden 1-2 Ikekeletso Technical School

 

Final Match: 

Ikekeletso Technical School (5) 1 – 1 (3) Steynville High School

 

With Ikekeletso Technical School claiming the COPA Coca-Cola Northern Cape crown, they become the second team after Malcomess High School from the Eastern Cape to secure a place in the COPA Coca-Cola National Finals set to take place at the Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth from 26 to 29 September 2018.

 

Upcoming COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Play Offs 

 

DATE PROVINCE VENUE
28 July Western Cape Cape Peninsula Uni Tec (CPUT)
4 August Gauteng Kagiso Stadium
11 August North West Ikageng Stadium
18 August KwaZulu-Natal King Zwelithini Stadium
25 August Free State Bohlokong Stadium
1 September Limpopo Malamulele Stadium
8 September Mpumalanga Lynville Stadium
26–29 September Eastern Cape Wolfson Stadium