Schools invited to play

2017-11-15 06:02
Calls are made for the registration of the 2018 edition of the Danone Nations Cup. Danone team member Khethelo Zungu (right), congratulates Njabulo Ndlovu after a perfect goal during one of the 2017 tournaments.Photo: Supplied

Calls are made for the registration of the 2018 edition of the Danone Nations Cup. Danone team member Khethelo Zungu (right), congratulates Njabulo Ndlovu after a perfect goal during one of the 2017 tournaments.Photo: Supplied

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Schools across the country are invited to register and become part of the Danone Nations Cup, which touches the lives of over 2 million people annually.

A statement from the Da­none Nations Cup calls for registration for the 2018 edition of the largest soccer tournament, the 19th in its history, for kids aged 10 to 12 years.

The Danone Nations Cup has over the years seen South Africans parti­cipate and win the world title three times, in 2003, 2007 and 2009.

The tournament is run in partnership with the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa).

It consists of games beginning at cluster level, with winning schools progressing to regional and then provincial levels, culminating in the national finals where the national champion team that will represent the country at the Danone Nations Cup World Finals is identified.

According to Danone, last year saw over 2 700 schools registering to participate in the initial rounds of the tournament, which was the highest registered number in the history of the tournament in this country.

This year also witnessed schools belonging to the Johannesburg Primary Schools Football Association joining the tournament for the first time.

The number of schools from the association is expected to grow substantially in 2018.

The basis on which the competing nations decide on their champion team differs from country to country in this competition.

In South Africa it is an inter-school competition whereby other countries send their top club youth sides or academy teams, whilst others select regional or even national teams at u.12 level.

“The Danone Nations Cup is built on fundamental principles: participation, friendship, accessibility and fair play.

“The message is to believe in your dreams and to promote healthy living through sport to as many people as possible in the world,” Danone said in a statement.

  • The eventual 2018 South African national champion team will be going to the Danone Nations Cup World finals at a venue still to be decided. To register for the tournament, call Themba Tshabalala of Sasfa on 072-588-4957 or at thembatshabalala@ saschoolsfa.co.za

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