The COPA Coca-Cola U15 tournament continues this coming Saturday, 4 August as Gauteng hosts it’s COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Play Offs at the Kagiso Stadium in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg.
The 2018 edition of the global U15 School’s tournament kicked off in June in Eastern Cape where Malcomess Secondary School secured a spot in the Provincial Finals. Ikeleletso Technical High and Kuyakhanaya Primary School will represent the Northern Cape and Western Cape respectively as the tournament heads to the fourth province this weekend.
With the City of Gold being the next stop for the popular school’s tournament, the eight confirmed schools from the various Gauteng regions are former champions, Clapham High School, Rosina Sedibane, Transnet Sport School, Vezukhono Secondary School, Johannesburg Secondary School, Lukhanyo High School, General Smuts High School and Esokwazi High School.
While the ultimate goal will be securing a place in the COPA Coca-Cola National Finals set to take place in Port Elizabeth between 26 and 29 September, players can also look forward to this year’s life-changing scouting initiative. The COPA Coca-Cola Future Stars Search which is led by tournament ambassador and former Bafana Bafana player, Jabu “Shuffle” Mahlangu.
Mahlangu will alongside a panel of scouting experts identify the best performing players from each COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Play Offs. The selected players will form part of the COPA Coca-Cola Future Stars Camp to take place later this year at the High-Performance Centre in Pretoria.
The training camp will afford the selected squad an opportunity to be exposed to the latest football training methods by highly qualified sporting experts while playing a couple of friendly games against other junior academy clubs from various Premier Soccer League clubs.
“Gauteng is known for producing incredible players when it comes to soccer. Some of these players have gone to represent the national team and this coming Saturday promises to be an exciting day of entertaining school’s football action. We urge the community of Kagiso to come out in their numbers and enjoy some good football from these budding youngsters” said Mahlangu.
President of the South African School’s Football Association (SASFA), Mr Mandla Mazibuko lauded the efforts of Coca-Cola through its sponsorship of the COPA Coca-Cola U15 School’s tournament.
“The strides and significance of the Copa Coca-Cola U15 School’s tournament is seen in the in the development landscape of football development in this country especially in the National U17 set up as presently we contributed 60% of the players in 2018, that for us is great work” said Mazibuko.
With over 1.3 million teenagers from more than 60 countries taking part, COPA Coca-Cola is recognised globally as the leading grassroots football programme in the world.
Youngsters and football supporters are urged to support their teams or follow the action on social media using #COPACocaCola for news updates and results.
COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Play Off Dates:
|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 (Port Elizabeth)|