THE list of schools to qualify for the COPA Coca-Cola National Finals is starting to take shape and it is Gauteng’s turn to provide the winning school to represent the province as the Gauteng Provincial Finals take place at the Bram Fischer Sports Complex in Soweto on Saturday, August 5. The Provincial Finals are scheduled to kick-off at 9am.
To date, Provincial winners from the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape of the renowned COPA Coca-Cola U15 Football Tournament, have already been determined.
Last year’s Gauteng Provincial Finals winners, Rosina Sedibane-Modiba High School, have already been knocked out in the Regional phase this year and thus will not defend their title. Eight schools from the Province that have made it through from the Regional playoffs will battle it out for a spot in the National Finals taking place from 29 September – 1 October, where the last team standing will be crowned the 2017 COPA Coca-Cola champions.
The much-loved Provincial Finals, also sees the continuation of the successful *Which Part Will You Play* initiative. The project sees a *Which Part Will You Play* all-stars team made up of well-rounded young South Africans with immense talent carrying values young footballers should aspire to. This team will be selected by a COPA Coca-Cola judging panel, headed by Simba Marumo the ambassador of the COPA Coca-Cola *Which Part Will You Play* search. Simba Marumo will be present throughout the day on Saturday.
Clapham High School, 2015 champions of the COPA Coca-Cola tournament, are favourites to be crowned Gauteng Provincial champions, together with the Tuks Academy and SAFA Transnet Sport School of Excellence.
COPA Coca-Cola is a global football development initiative that gives millions of young football fans the opportunity to come together and celebrate their passion for football.
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.
Gauteng Provincial Finals finalists:
- SAFA Transnet Sport School of Excellence – Ekurhuleni
- Reshogofaditswe High School – Ekurhuleni
- Clapham High School – Tshwane
- Tuks Academy – Tshwane
- Mohloli Secondary – Sedibeng
- John Dee Weey High – West Rand
- Pholosho Secondary – Johannesburg
- Kwadedangendlale Secondary – Johannesburg