Northern Academy crowned COPA Coca-Cola champions

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 AResultTeam B
Mohlarutse High School1-2Solomon Mahlangu
Mthume Secondary School0-1Northern Academy
Benny Sport Academy2-1Mthume Secondary School
Northern Academy1-3Solomon Mahlangu
Mohlarutse Secondary School0-1Benny’s Sport Academy
Solomon Mahlangy1-2Mthume Secondary School
Mohlarutse Secondary School1-6Northern Academy
Solomon Mahlangu0-5Bennys Sport Academy
Mothume3-0Mohlarutse Secondary School
Northern Academy2-1Benny Sport Academy

Schools that have qualified for this year’s COPA Coca-Cola National Finals: 

Portland High SchoolWestern Cape
Ndzondelelo Secondary SchoolEastern Cape
Theron High SchoolNorthern Cape 
Chief Jerry Nkosi Secondary SchoolNorthern AcademyMpumalangaLimpopo


Upcoming COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Finals: 

17 August 2019North WestMogwase Stadium
24 August 2019KZNKing Zwelithini Stadium
31 August 2019Free StateLoubser Park, Kroonstad 
7 September 2019GautengMohlakeng Stadium
18 – 21 SeptemberNational Finals King Zwelithini Stadium