THE Metropolitan SASFA U16 Cup provincial playoffs move to Limpopo this weekend after successful playoffs in Free State, Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Five regional winners from around the province will gather at the Malamulele Stadium in Malamulele tomorrow to battle it out for provincial honours.
Teams have been excited ever since defending champions Rosina Sedibane were knocked out from the competition, during the Gauteng leg of the competition. The Mpumalanga
playoffs provided some fireworks with eventual winners Zendelingsport from Piet Retief and runners-up Tikhontele High from Matsulu in Nelspruit, both progressing to the National Finals in December.
The teams that will compete for the Limpopo provincial honours are Benny’s Care from Makhado, Mafsia Kgomo High from Zebediela, Matsambu High from Giyani and Morwathebe High from Ntwane off Dennilton.
The teams will play in a round-robin phase where all participants will get an opportunity to face one another. The two highest placed teams will progress to the provincial final (and secure 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 travel to each province to address the entire student body of the winning schools to provide financial and health education.
The action gets under way at the Malamulele Stadium at 9am with the finals taking place in the afternoon.
Both finalists will qualify for the national championship later this year.