The Qalabotjha Secondary School’s u.15 boys’ team from the Free State town of Villiers will represent the province in this year’s national final of the Copa Coca-Cola football tournament. The team is destined for Bloemfontein from 28 to 30 September.Qalabotjha will play host as the province winner and exciting prizes are lined up for the Free State boys, should they reach the national final. The overall winner is guaranteed R60 000, the runner-up R30 000 and the third-place achiever R25 000. The gutsy Qalabotjha team from the Fezile Dabi Region qualified on the basis of being the Free State champion. The school claimed the 2017 provincial title after a narrow 4 – 3 win on penalties over its home-town rival, the Lesaona High School, during the provincial final in Bloemfontein on 27 August. The team of Qalabotjha beat the schools of Inoseng (Xhariep) and Louis Botha in the group stage. Although Lesaona lost one game in the group stage (1 – 0 against the Thibella Intermediate School), the team made it through thanks to a superior goal advantage. Lesaona hammered the team of the Mamello Secondary School in Lejweleputswa with 3 – 0. The provincial final featured six schools, including the newly-crowned champions Qalabotjha and the runner-up Louis Botha. This is Qalabotjha’s first provincial title and the school is hoping to make history by winning the national trophy, to achieve what has been done by Harmony High School, the 2008 winner and Louis Botha, the champion in 2012.