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
|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|