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Unknown school wins Limpopo Danone Cup

By FOCUS REPORTER

Kgwahlele Primary School from the Waterberg region were crowned  Limpopo’s
Danone Nations Cup Provincial champions on Saturday at
Seshego Ground C in Polokwane  after beating Lerale Primary School from
Mopani region 3 – 2 on penalties.

The game was tied at 1-all at the end of regulation time.  Kgwahlele Primary School

will now go on to represent their province at the Danone Nations Cup National Finals to

be held on June 11 in Gauteng.

Kgwahlele coach, Lerumo Kekane, could not contain his excitement after being
crowned the Danone Nations Cup Limpopo champions.   “This is the second time
we have played in the Danone nations Cup and getting through to the finals
was a huge accomplishment, something we have been wishing for.  It was not
easy having to face the best under 12 teams in the province, the team that I
believe was our main stumbling block was Benny’s Care primary, but I just
told my boys to go out there, enjoy the game and not worry about the other
teams.  That’s exactly what they did and we won. Now we are going to focus
on the bigger challenge; the national finals.” 11 year-old Vincent Setsiba
from Kgwahlele, was top goal scorer of the day with three goals.

North West and Mpumalanga are the next Provinces to host their finals on 16
April 2011 at Ikageng Stadium in Potchefstroom and Ackerville Sports Ground
in Witbank respectively, followed by the Northern Cape on 07 May at the
Galeshewe Stadium, Kimberley.

The Danone Nations Cup World Final is the biggest soccer tournament for
children between the ages of 10 and 12 in the world.  Every year there are
40 countries that participate and currently all countries are holding
qualifiers to find the one team that will represent each respective country
in the World Finals.  In 2010 all countries converged on South Africa and in
2011 Spain will host the tournament. “This tournament has become so popular
that many more countries than 40 apply to participate but due to logistics
Groupe Danone has decided to keep the number at 40,” said Sandra Dorville,
Communications Manager, Danone South Africa.  “Our aim in sponsoring this
event is to touch the lives of as many youngsters a possible around the
world and encourage them to live healthy lifestyles.  The tournament is now
in its 11th year and to date we have reached over 15 million people around
the world.”

 

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