Eastern Cape host COPA Coca-Cola U15 Tournament

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:

  1. Ndzondelelo Secondary School
  2. Charles Morgan High School
  3. Joe Slovo Freedom School
  4. Archie Mbolekwa Secondary School
  5. Nomandi JSS Secondary School
  6. Ngubethole Bam Secondary School
  7. Manguzela JSS Secondary School
  8. Wittebergen JSS Secondary School

COPA Coca-Cola® Provincial Finals Dates and Venues:

20 July 2019Eastern CapeOrlando Sports Fields (NU6 Grounds – Mdantsane
27 July 2019Northern Cape AR Abass
3 August 2019Mpumalanga Ka Mhlushwa Stadium
10 August 2019Limpopo Seshego Stadium
17 August 2019North WestOlympia Park Stadium
24 August 2019KZNKing Zwelithini Stadium
31 August 2019Free StateMangaung Outdoor 
7 September 2019GautengMohlakeng Stadium
26 – 28 September 2019National Finals King Zwelithini Stadi