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Copa Coca Cola Cup back in full swing

By FOCUS REPORTER

The search for the countries best Under 18 football school team is once again in full swing as the 6th edition of COPA Coca-Cola moves into the regional final stage this weekend.  

  

Approximately 60 000 footballers from 3 000 schools registered for participating in the tournament. The competition started in January at Cluster level and the 224 winners will now compete in 36 regional finals with the aim of getting through to the Provincial finals. The tournament culminates with the national finals which will be held at the Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley from March 30-April 2. 

Johannesburg Secondary School, representing Gauteng, emerged victorious in the 2010 Copa Coca-Cola collecting the R150 000 first prize following a 3 – 2 victory over Seiphemelo High of North West in the final match. Seiphemelo received R100 000 for their hard work, Harmony High School of Virginia in the Free State collected R60 000 for third spot while the remaining six sides took home R40 000 each. Prize money was used to fund school legacy projects focusing on education and sports needs.  

Anthony Garstang, Brand Experience Manager,Coca-Cola South Africa says of the competition: “Coca-Cola promotes on-going youth development through our active lifestyle platform and COPA Coca-Cola is one of the initiatives that helps us achieve our goal. We further encourage young sports persons on the need for healthy hydration with Coca-Cola’s preservative free sports drink, Powerade. 

“We are also encouraged to assist the winning schools in enhancing the quality of their sporting and academic priorities,” explains Garstang.

Ten regional finals have already taken place this week with Mpumalanga’s Bushbuckridge region starting with 14 teams at the  Thulamahashe Stadium in Bushbuckridge.

On Saturday, February 26, three regions in Mpumalanga, two in Free State and two in the KwaZulu – Natal will compete and over the next few weeks regional finals will be played every weekend at various venues. The provincial finals will start happening as soon as all the regional finals have been completed and with some provinces having less regions they will start earlier than others, Mpumalanga being the first province to stage their finals on March 5.

 “Over the years Copa Coca-Cola has unearthed a number of youngsters that have gone on to become professional players including Mandla Masango of Kaizer Chiefs,  Happy Jele  now at Orlando Pirates, Excellent Walaza currently playing for Vasco da Gama and Andile Jali who competes for Orlando Pirates and is also a Bafana Bafana player. This year will be no different.  We expect to see scouts from all PSL Clubs at the provincial finals seeking talent to boost their teams in the future,” said Garstang.

FIXTURES

DATE

PROVINCE

REGION

TOWN

VENUE

KICK OFF TIME

NO OF TEAM

Wed, 23rd Feb

Mpumalanga

Bushbuckridge

Bushbuckridge

Thulamaheshe Stadium

09h00

14

Thu, 24th Feb

Kwa Zulu Natal

Mgungundlovu

Pietermaritzburg

Harry Gwala Outer

14h00

8

Fri, 25th Feb

Kwa Zulu Natal

Durban Central

Umlazi

Durban Central

14h00

8

Sat, 26th Feb

Mpumalanga

Gert Sibanda

Ermelo

Mpumalanga Stadium

09h00

11

Sat, 26th Feb

Kwa Zulu Natal

Amajuba

Newcastle

Osizweni Stadium

09h00

4

Sat, 26th Feb

Kwa Zulu Natal

Uthukela

Escourt

Wembesi Stadium

09h00

4

Sat, 26th Feb

Free State

Lejweleputswa

Odendaalsrus

Matjhabeng

09h00

5

Sat, 26th Feb

Free State

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