ROBINVALE Secondary School became the Western Cape COPA Coca-Cola under-15 football provincial champions when they beat favourites, Cloestesville Secondary School 1-0 in the final match this past weekend at the Zwelentemba Stadium in Worcester.
The six winners of the Western Cape regional playoffs were divided into two pools of three teams each and the top school in each pool – Robinvale and Cloetesville – went through to the provincial final.
Robinvale, located in Atlantis on the West Cape coast, has competed in three Western Cape COPA Coca-Cola provincial finals, but this is the first time they have made it through to the national finals.
Their coach, Anthonio Michaels, was delighted with their performance. “We have played Cloetesville on a number of occasions, but this is the first time that we have beaten them,” he said. “For the past four years we have been eyeing Copa Coca-Cola as a tournament to win and we have finally made it to the next level, the national finals, which is very exciting. The battle is not yet won, however, and I will spend the next few weeks preparing the boys mentally and physically for the next step. We are looking forward to the challenge and hopefully we will do as well at the national finals.”
Robinvale team captain, Vuyolomzi Mfiki, while excited, is not quite sure what to expect at the national finals, however he believes the team is fully prepared. “I know we have been classified as newcomers but I believe many will know us by the end of the tournament. Last year we lost in the provincial final due to lack of concentration. We have learnt and are focused. We have worked really hard to be where we are now and our goal now is to come home with the trophy.”
Cloetesville Secondary School has been one of the most successful teams in the competition in the Western Cape. They won the Western Cape provincial finals in 2008, 2009 and in 2008 they were the COPA Coca-Cola national champions.
Robinvale now join Masibonisane High School from KwaZulu-Natal; Kabelo Secondary School from Limpopo, Are-Fadimeheng Secondary School from Northwest and Johannesburg Secondary School from Gauteng at the COPA Coca-Cola National Finals, in Johannesburg from July 12 to 14.
Robinvale secondary School 5 vs Lukhanyo Intermediate School 0
Lukhanyo Intermediate School 0 vs Imizamo Yethu Secondary School 4
Robinvale Secondary School 3 vs Imizamo Yethu Secondary School 1
Beaufort West Secondary School 2 vs Phandolwazi Secondary School 0
Phandolwazi Secondary School 3 vs Cloetesville Secondary School 1
Beaufort West Secondary School 1 vs Cloetesville Secondary School 2
Robinvale Secondary School 1 vs Cloetesville Secondary School 0