Spotlight on young footballers

2016-06-01 06:00
THE 2015 Copa Coca-Cola players who were selected during the trials. The search for 2016 has kicked off.  Photo: Muzi Ntombela

THE 2015 Copa Coca-Cola players who were selected during the trials. The search for 2016 has kicked off. Photo: Muzi Ntombela

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SOUTH AFRICA’S premier u.15 football tournament, Copa Coca-Cola 2016, has kicked off.

Once again it is casting a spotlight on the best up-and-coming young football talent in the country.

For the second consecutive season, the Which Part Will You Play search is on with Coca-Cola on the lookout for standout young players to join the Which Part Will You Play all-star team.

In addition to the search, Coca-Cola will also be challenging all South Africans, both young and old, to define which part they will play in supporting and encoura-ging young footballers to be the best they can be Z both on and off the pitch.

Fetsi Mbele, senior communications manager: Brand Experience, Coca-Cola South Africa, commented: “Copa Coca-Cola is not only about developing footballers, but also aims to develop a generation of well-rounded young South Africans.

“We have been astounded by the commitment we have already seen from people involved in Copa Coca-Cola across the country.

“We are therefore calling on all South Africans to inspire young footballers to reach their goals, both on and off the field of play, through perseverance and hard work.”

As part and parcel of this call to action, Coca-Cola will be travelling the length and breadth of South Africa in the Which Part Will You Play character search.

An all-star team will be created, with each member embodying and representing the dynamic and unique roles needed to make up a successful team Z the Rock, the Heart, the Perfectionist, the Rebel, the Joker, the Impossible, the Machine and the Artist.

Copa Coca-Cola players will be selected to form the team, and act as personifications of the values Copa Coca-Cola aims to instill in its young participants.

Mbele added: “We will be on the lookout for players embodying ideals such as teamwork, friendship, respect and hard work.

“These are ideals which Copa Coca-Cola aims to instill in every one of its 11 000 young participants.

“We can’t wait to see the talent which will be uncovered this year and hope to see more young players follow in the footsteps of past Copa graduates such as Happy Jele, Andile Jali and Mandla Masango.”

The Which Part Will You Play all-star team will consist of players selected at each Copa Coca-Cola provincial final and will travel to the national finals to participate in a showcase game.

There they will act as tournament ambassadors, embodying the values all Copa Coca-Cola players should strive towards.

Schools around South Africa are currently battling it out in the regional phase of the tournament for the Copa Coca-Cola provincial finals phase.

The Which Part Will You Play character search kicks off on Saturday (04/06) in the Eastern Cape.

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