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Matatiele to host Metropolitan Under-16 Cup Provincial Championships

SEVEN regional winners from around the Eastern Cape Province will gather at the Thandanani Stadium in Matatiele this coming Saturday to battle it out for provincial honours for the Metropolitan SASFA U16 Cup Provincial Playoffs.

This past weekend saw some exciting football as schools in the North West went out in full force to stake their claim for a spot at the Metropolitan SASFA U16 Cup National Finals. Eventual winners Tigerkloof High from Vryburg and runners-up Kgatelapele High from Wolmaranstad, both progressed to the National Finals, which take place at the Seshego stadium, Polokwane from 4-7 December, later this year.

The teams that will compete this weekend are Aliwal North High from Aliwal North, Zimele JSS from uMthata, Archie Mbolekwa SSS from Grahamstown, Walmer High from Port Elizabeth, Cofimvaba Village JSS from Cofimvaba, Charles Morgan High from King Williamstown and Zamokuhle JSS from Matatiele.

The teams are to be divided into two groups, which will be decided according to a round-robin format. The two winners will progress to the provincial final (as well as securing automatic qualification for the national finals).

According to Metropolitan’s Brand Executive Belinda Faulkner, Metropolitan’s sponsorship objectives are guided by the principles of collaborative partnership, engagement, long-term sustainability and relevance.

“Our influence does not end on the soccer field. All participants undergo compulsory training workshops that include soccer coaching clinics, life-skills orientation and financial and wellness education in order to give them a holistic preparation for the future.”

President of the South African Schools Football Association and SAFA Vice-President, Mandla ‘Shoes’ Mazibuko said “We are looking forward to unleashing another period that will achieve milestones in our quest for acceleration of football development

through the platform of education through sport.”

In keeping with their holistic policy of community youth development, a Life Skills component forms part of every Metropolitan-sponsored tournament. A team of CSI specialists will be on hand to provide financial and health education.

This week’s action gets underway at the Thandanani Stadium at 09h00 with the finals taking place in the afternoon. Both finalists will automatically qualify for the national championship later this year.

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