School of Excellence crowned COPA champions

The School of Excellence secured the only remaining place in this year’s COPA Coca-Cola National Finals, after being crowned Gauteng champions on Saturday, 7 September at the Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa.

The newly crowned champions will head into the COPA Coca-Cola National Finals in Durban with their heads held high after overcoming former champions Clapham High School in what was a repeat of last year’s Gauteng COPA Coca-Cola Finals.

The first fixture for the day saw the new Gauteng champions taking on General Smuts High School where they walked away with a narrow 1-0 victory to secure the confidence boosting three points.

The next test for the School of Excellence was against Phafogang High School which they passed with flying colours in a 4-0 victory to set one foot into the finals before wrapping it up with a 1-0 win over Ephes Mamkeli Secondary School.

As expected, the final match between former champions, Clapham High School and the School of Excellence was a tough and evenly balanced encounter. With both sides not finding the back of the net, it was left to penalties to decide the Gauteng champions as the School of Excellence emerged 5-4 victors.

Congratulating the new Gauteng champions was COPA Coca-Cola ambassador, Khulekani Kubheka who won the tournament with his former school, Clapham High School back in 2014.

“A huge congratulations to the School of Excellence for winning this year’s Gauteng COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Finals. I remember how competitive this fixture used to be while I was still at school and I am glad that the competitiveness is just as high. What impressively stands out for me is how COPA Coca-Cola maintains the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play even in such competitive matches,” said Kubheka.

All roads now lead to the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi where the COPA Coca-Cola National Finals will be taking place between 18 and 21 September.

Media is advised that the official launch will be taking place on Tuesday, 17 September at the Indoor Sports Zone in Durban from 10h30.

Gauteng COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Finals Results:

School of Excellence1-0General Smuts High School
Mohloli Secondary School1-2Rosina Sedibane High School
Robin Hood High School0-1Clapham High School
Ephes Mamkeli High School0-4Phafogang High School
Mohloli Secondary School0-3Clapham High School
School of Excellence4-0Phafogang High School
Robin Hood High School0-2Rosina Sedibane High School
General Smuts High School1-1Ephes Mamkeli High School
Mohloli Secondary School0-1Robin Hood High School
Ephes Mamkeli Secondary School0-1School of Excellence
Clapham High School1-0Rosina Sedibane High School
Phafogang High School0-1General Smuts High School

Final: Clapham High School 0 (4) – (5) 0 School of Excellence