Copa : Malcolmess Secondary School crowned Eastern Cape COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Champions

Copa : Malcolmess Secondary School crowned Eastern Cape COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Champions

Malcomess Secondary from the Joe Gqabi region in the Eastern Cape were crowned champions of the COPA Coca-Cola Eastern Cape Play-Offs.

This was after a hard fought 2-0 victory over Zolani Secondary School in a tightly contested final played at the Thandanani Stadium in Matatiele on Saturday, 2 June.

Even after getting off to a rather challenging start with a 1-1 draw in their opening fixture against Zolani Secondary School, the newly crowned champions showed character in their next fixture with a 3-1 drubbing of General Maqhutyana T.H.S. This was before thrashing Fort Malan 5-0 to secure a place in the finals.

Their opponents, Zolani Secondary School also had to show character in their group A matches. A last-minute gasp in the second half saw them grab three vital points in their opener against Ndzondelelo High School before edging the highly spirited Arthur Nzunga Secondary 2-1. Eventually, Zolani Secondary School sealed their place in the finals with a 2-0 victory over Archie Mbolekwa Primary.

As an addition to this year’s COPA Coca-Cola tournament, Coca-Cola launched its COPA Coca-Cola Future Stars search which will see selected players being hand-picked by COPA Coca-Cola Ambassador, Jabu “Shuffle” Mahlangu, for a unique training camp to be held at the High-Performance Centre in Pretoria later this year.

The COPA Coca-Cola Future Stars camp will see the selected players getting a taste of professional football while being taught essential life skills required to maintain a professional football career. From the Eastern Cape, Zolani Secondary School goalkeeper, Belelani Sampo was selected by the COPA Coca-Cola Ambassador and will join other talented players from the eight remaining provinces.

The next stop is the COPA Coca-Cola Northern Cape Provincial Play-Offs in July where COPA Coca-Cola ambassador, Jabu “Shuffle” Mahlangu will be there to identify more players for the COPA Coca-Cola Superstars camp.

“A school’s football development initiative such as the COPA Coca-Cola tournament is exactly what South African football needs to move forward and this is demonstrated in how the tournament has produced a number of quality footballers that I remember playing against in my career. I am looking forward to contributing in unearthing the future of South African football through the COPA Coca-Cola Future Stars Search” said Mahlangu.

Malcomess Secondary School Road to the final:

 

Team A Score Team B
Malcomess Secondary School 1-1 Xolani Secondary School
Malcomess Secondary School 3-1 General Secondary School
Malcomess Secondary School 5-0 Fort Malan Secondary School

With Malcomess Secondary claiming the COPA Coca-Cola Eastern Cape crown, they become the first province to secure a place in the COPA Coca-Cola National Finals set to take place at the Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth from 26 to 29 September 2018.

Upcoming COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Play-Offs

Date Province Venue Town
21 July 2018 Northern Cape Mxolisi Dicky Adams Stadium Upington
28 July 2018 Western Cape TBC Stellenbosch
04 August 2018 Gauteng Moletsane Sports Complex Soweto
11 August 2018 North West Ikageng Stadium Potchefstroom
18 August 2018 KwaZulu-Natal King Zwelithini Stadium Umlazi
25 August 2018 Free State Bohlokong Stadium Bethlehem
1 September 2018 Limpopo Malamulele Stadium Malamulele
8 September 2018 Mpumalanga Lynville Stadium Lynville
26 – 29 September National Finals Wolfson Stadium Port Elizabeth