Soccer students to get tips from mosimane before brazil soccer tour departs

2011-04-06 00:00

SPORTS and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula and Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane are set to give Rosina Sedibae Modiba High School soccer students a send off this week ahead of the Pretoria school’s departure for an international tournament scheduled for the weekend in Brazil.

Rosina soccer students booked themselves a place at the International Soccer Federation Schools’ World Championship after beating 2008 Metropolitan South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) U/16 Cup champions Clermont’s Mqhele High 4-1 on penalties at the national finals held in Eastern Cape last September.

Minister Mbalula will speak at the farewell lunch at Safa House in Nasrec in Gauteng tomorrow.

The following day Mosimane, who has been fêted as a national hero after leading Bafana Bafana in an historic 2012 Afcon 1-0 win over seven-time African kings Egypt, two weeks ago, will assess the team and give them tips.

It is the first time South Africa is represented at the international event that will attract talent scouts from all over the world.

Since beginning three years ago the U/16 Cup has had a significant impact on youth soccer development in South Africa. In 2009, the Metropolitan All-Star team that was picked at that year’s U/16 Cup national finals went on to win the Coca-Cola Safa National U/17 Championship. “It is all about improving the lives of our youth by providing a platform for them to participate in sport,” said Christabel Kota, the General Manager Metropolitan Group Empowerment and Corporate Affairs.

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