A new Limpopo COPA Coca-Cola champion was crowned on Friday 9 August after Northern Academy came out victorious in the province’s COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Finals, played at the Northern Academy School in Polokwane.
A total of five schools from the respective regions of the province battled it out for a chance to be crowned champions and secure a place in this year’s COPA Coca-Cola National Finals set to take place in Durban next month.
The newly crowned champions got off to a flying start in their opening match with an impressive 3-1 victory over Solomon Mahlangu High School who battled to keep up with the pace of the champions.
The second match was a tighter affair as they came up against a resilient Mthume Secondary School but were able to edge their opponents with a narrow 1-0 victory to secure maximum points.
With two consecutive victories for Northern Academy, it was up to Mohlarutse High School to put their winning streak to a halt, but they were easily brushed aside 6-1 as the champions marched on.
The final match, which was also a decider, was between Northern Academy and Benny’s Sport Academy who came into the tournament as strong favourites. After going into the break tied at 1-1, it was Northern Academy who found the winner towards the closing stages with a well worked goal to make it 2-1 and secure themselves a place in Durban.
COPA Coca-Cola ambassador, Lucky Lekgwathi applauded the sportsmanship displayed by the teenagers, saying that it is in line with what the tournament stands for.
“As expected, we saw amazing talent on display from the Limpopo province. What was even more exciting was seeing these teenagers making new friends after competing against each other which is in line with COPA Coca-Cola’s spirit of creating friendships and fair play. I am certain that Northern Academy will represent the province of Limpopo well at the COPA Coca-Cola National Finals,” said Lekgwathi
Limpopo COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Finals Results:
|Team A||Result||Team B|
|Mohlarutse High School||1-2||Solomon Mahlangu|
|Mthume Secondary School||0-1||Northern Academy|
|Benny Sport Academy||2-1||Mthume Secondary School|
|Northern Academy||1-3||Solomon Mahlangu|
|Mohlarutse Secondary School||0-1||Benny’s Sport Academy|
|Solomon Mahlangy||1-2||Mthume Secondary School|
|Mohlarutse Secondary School||1-6||Northern Academy|
|Solomon Mahlangu||0-5||Bennys Sport Academy|
|Mothume||3-0||Mohlarutse Secondary School|
|Northern Academy||2-1||Benny Sport Academy|
Schools that have qualified for this year’s COPA Coca-Cola National Finals:
|Portland High School||Western Cape|
|Ndzondelelo Secondary School||Eastern Cape|
|Theron High School||Northern Cape|
|Chief Jerry Nkosi Secondary SchoolNorthern Academy||MpumalangaLimpopo|
Upcoming COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Finals:
|17 August 2019||North West||Mogwase Stadium|
|24 August 2019||KZN||King Zwelithini Stadium|
|31 August 2019||Free State||Loubser Park, Kroonstad|
|7 September 2019||Gauteng||Mohlakeng Stadium|
|18 – 21 September||National Finals||King Zwelithini Stadium|