Botlhabelo Secondary School became the sixth school to secure a place in this year’s COPA Coca-Cola National Finals, after coming out victorious in the North West COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Finals played on Saturday, 17 August.
Hailing from the small town of Brits, the newly crowned champions faced tough competition from Seiphemelo, Sol Plaatjie and Sebitwane Secondary School.
The four schools who represented their respective districts put up impressive performances in the scorching heat of Rustenburg – which was cooled off by ice-cold Coca-Cola beverages.
Botlhabelo got off to a great start in the opening match against Sebitwane Secondary School with an impressive 4-1 victory to set them off.
The victory was followed by a tough encounter against Seiphemelo Secondary School which they narrowly won 1-0 to register their second win.
The final hurdle was against last year’s champions, Seiphemelo Secondary School who were determined to retain their crown against the spirited Botlhabelo.
Needing just a draw to be crowned champions on goal difference, Botlhabelo found the back of the net towards the closing stages to secure all three points and book a place in this year’s COPA Coca-Cola National Finals.
The fun-filled day of school’s football also included teenagers showcasing their musical talent through the COPA Coca-Cola anthem by DJ Speedsta.
As in previous provinces, the popular hip hop artist entertained fans with this year’s COPA Coca-Cola anthem which was followed by the DJ collecting sound bites from some of the teenagers to incorporate into the final version of this year’s COPA Coca-Cola anthem titled “Champions”.
This year’s COPA Coca-Cola anthem is aimed at encouraging teenagers to continue working hard and see themselves as champions.
Also, in attendance at the Mogwase Stadium was COPA Coca-Cola ambassador, Lucky Lekgwathi who heaped praise on the performance and sportsmanship of all four schools.
“While only one school was crowned champions, I believe all four schools displayed wonderful performances which were accompanied by fair-play and sportsmanship. These are important values that COPA Coca-Cola aims to instill in teenagers. Well done to the new champions and we wish them the best of luck in Durban,” said Lekgwathi.
The globally acclaimed school’s tournament heads to KwaZulu-Natal next weekend where 12 schools from the various regions of the province will compete for a place in the COPA Coca-Cola National Finals.
North West COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Finals Results:
|TEAM A||RESULT||TEAM B|
|Sol Plaatjie Secondary School||2-1||Seiphemelo Secondary School|
|Sebitwane Secondary School||1-4||Botlhabelo Secondary School|
|Sol Plaatjie Secondary School||2-1||Sebitwane Secondary School|
|Seiphemelo Secondary School||0-1||Botlhabelo Secondary School|
|Seiphemelo Secondary School||1-1||Sebitwane Secondary School|
Upcoming COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Finals
|24 August 2019||KZN||King Zwelithini Stadium|
|31 August 2019||Free State||Loubser Park, Kroonstad|
|7 September 2019||Gauteng||Mohlakeng Stadium|
|18 – 28 September||National Finals||King Zwelithini Stadium|