The globally acclaimed COPA Coca-Cola tournament will continue to unearth grassroots football talent this coming Saturday, 20 July as the tournament heads to the NU6 Grounds in Mdantsane for the Eastern Cape COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Finals.
The 2019 edition of the tournament kicked off last week in the Western Cape, where Portland High School became the first school to secure a place in this year’s COPA Coca-Cola® National Finals set to take place in Durban later this year.
As in previous year’s Coca-Cola has pulled out all the stops to ensure that the tournament continues to unearth talent and instil the spirit of sportsmanship in teenagers.
A total of eight schools will battle it out in Mdantsane for the Eastern Cape title and most importantly, a place in the COPA Coca-Cola® National Finals where the coveted COPA Coca-Cola trophy and R80 000 will be at stake.
The province was represented by Malcomess Secondary School who put up a sterling performance last year Port Elizabeth.
Aspiring footballers in and around Mdanstane will also have the opportunity of interacting with COPA Coca-Cola® graduate, Khulekani Kubheka who was unveiled as the tournament’s ambassador by Coca-Cola®
Khulekani, who won the tournament twice with his former school, Clapham High School has gone on to compete in two FIFA World Cup™ tournaments with the U17 and U20 SA national teams after a good foundation laid by Coca-Cola through the tournament.
The 20-year-old goalkeeper, who was also recently announced in the senior national team squad to play Lesotho next month said he was looking forward to this weekend’s COPA Coca-Cola® Provincial Finals.
“This is where it all started for me and a number of professional footballers. Through this tournament, a number of talented footballers have realised their dream of playing professional football and I am glad that Coca-Cola is still heavily involved in sport development. The Eastern Cape is blessed with talent and I am looking forward to see aspiring footballers from the province” said Kubheka.
Also travelling to the Eastern Cape will be the COPA Coca-Cola Future Stars Camp talent scouts, who have been tasked to identify the best performing players for a training camp which will be held in Gauteng later this year.
The COPA Coca-Cola® Future Stars Camp will involve a series of friendly matches, while at the same time instilling off the field values and skills to the invited teenagers.
Eastern Cape Provincial Finals Schools Competing:
- Ndzondelelo Secondary School
- Charles Morgan High School
- Joe Slovo Freedom School
- Archie Mbolekwa Secondary School
- Nomandi JSS Secondary School
- Ngubethole Bam Secondary School
- Manguzela JSS Secondary School
- Wittebergen JSS Secondary School
COPA Coca-Cola® Provincial Finals Dates and Venues:
|20 July 2019||Eastern Cape||Orlando Sports Fields (NU6 Grounds – Mdantsane|
|27 July 2019||Northern Cape||AR Abass|
|3 August 2019||Mpumalanga||Ka Mhlushwa Stadium|
|10 August 2019||Limpopo||Seshego Stadium|
|17 August 2019||North West||Olympia Park Stadium|
|24 August 2019||KZN||King Zwelithini Stadium|
|31 August 2019||Free State||Mangaung Outdoor|
|7 September 2019||Gauteng||Mohlakeng Stadium|
|26 – 28 September 2019||National Finals||King Zwelithini Stadi|