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|
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
|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|