Free State leg will have new champion

2019-08-28 06:00

The Free State final of the 2019 Coca-Cola Cup Schools Soccer Tournament for u.15 boys will produce a new champion.

Last year’s winner, the Moroka Secondary School from Thaba Nchu, was eliminated after drawing the regional play-offs against Louis Botha by 2 – 2. This match took place in Bloemfontein on 17 August.

The Seemahale Secondary School from Botshabelo will represent the region at the provincial final set to take place in Welkom on Saturday (31/08).

This is Seemahale’s first time to reach the final, and the players will look to make history by lifting the trophy in their maiden appearance.

The other finalists are Samuel Johnson (Xhariep), Lesaoana (Thabo Mofutsanyana), Welkom High (Lejweleputswa), Qalabotjhaba and Dr Reginal Cingo (Fezile Dabi).

The Fezile Dabi region, the tournament host this year, has two representatives.

The final was set to take place in Kroonstad, but the venue was changed to the Charles Vuyo Stadium in Welkom.

“Due to the lack of a suitable venue that meets the sponsor’s requirements, the region forfeited the right to host this year’s final due to the unavailability of a suitable venue meeting the sponsorship requirement,” said Lucas Sekwena, provincial tournament director.

“The sponsor Copa considers that all finals, both provincial and national, be played within the heart of the community. Lobser Park in Kroonstad was found to be lacking, hence the shift.”

The competition is financed by Copa.

The winning school in the Free State will automatically qualify for the national to compete against the other eight provincial champions.

Two finalists, Dr Cingo from Kroonstad and Lesaoana Intermediate from Phuthaditjhaba, qualified for the final a third time.

Having won silver medals in the previous years, these two regular campaigners will be gunning to win the elusive trophy to make up for the defeats in the previous years.

In last year’s provincial final, Dr Cingo lost to Moroka High. Moroka then went on to represent the Free State at the national final, but failed to build on its provincial success.

In the 2017 final, Lesaoana lost against Qalabotjha.

Harmony Secondary from Virginia and Louis Botha from Bloemfontein are the only two Free State teams who have won the trophy – Harmony won the title in 2008, while Louis Botha lifted the trophy in 2012.

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