Opportunity knocks for top talent

2018-06-13 06:02

The Northern Cape phase of the Copa Coca-Cola tournament will be played at the Mxolisi Dicky Adams Stadium in Upington on 21 July, and aspiring u.15 footballers will have the chance to qualify to compete against the best talent from across the country.

The competing schools in the province are among the 57 schools who advanced from the regional play-offs, which started off in June countrywide.

Like in previous years, victory at the provincial stage means each champion will represent its corresponding province at the national finals, set to take place in Port Elizabeth from 26 to 29 September.

The finest of South African schools football teams pro­mise to compete under the watchful eye of the new Copa Coca-Cola ambassador and scout, Jabu “Shuffle” Mahlangu.

While competing to be crowned champions, the organisers also promise in a statement that 15 players will be chosen during the national finals for a once in a lifetime opportunity to join the Copa Coca-Cola Future Stars camp.

“We are excited about this year’s Copa Coca-Cola, which will continue to touch the lives of thousands of teen­agers across the country through the beautiful game,” Puso Makume, marketing assets manager, said.

“Since its inception, Coca-Cola has successfully used this tournament to instil important values of teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline in the lives of youngsters, while encoura-ging teenagers to create lifelong positive memories and associations.”

The Copa Coca-Cola u.15 tournament has become synonymous with assisting scouts from various academies, seeking raw talent and grooming future stars for the club and country.

The investment in South Africa’s grassroots football structures has been showcased through the rise of players such as former South African u.20 and Orlando Pirates striker Excellent Walaza, Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali, Orlando Pirates’ defender Happy Jele and Amajita’s defender Notha Ngcobo.

The Copa Coca-Cola Future Stars camp will see youngsters being introduced to professional methods of playing, as well as playing a series of friendly matches against u.15 club academies in South Africa. The camp aims to provide the players with yet another opportunity to be scouted.

With over 1,3 million teenagers from more than 60 countries taking part, the Copa Coca-Cola tournament is globally recognised.

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