Schools get new soccer challenge next year

2015-09-15 06:00
Shamiel Kolbee, director of Africa Youth Events, has unveiled plans for a “top 8” high schools soccer tournament next year.

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Shamiel Kolbee, director of Africa Youth Events, has unveiled plans for a “top 8” high schools soccer tournament next year. PHOTO: joe pillay

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Organisers of the MRP Foundation high schools league in Mitchell’s Plain plan to introduce another unique tournament for school soccer.

A one-day, eight-team knock-out tournament will compliment the already popular 32-team cup tournament.

Shamiel Kolbee, director of Africa Youth Events, which is responsible for promoting the development of high school soccer in Mitchell’s Plain, says they have been discussing the concept of the top eight tournament at length with his executive committee and that “it is in the pipeline to perhaps start the 2016 school season”.

“Although we haven’t spoken to potential sponsors yet, I am very optimistic our marketing team will come up with quite a few corporate business partners that will throw their weight behind this adventure and lucrative competition,” he says.

“Besides the grand challenge trophy up for grabs, prize money should also be sorted to compensate perhaps all eight competitors participating.

“Thus the teams from the previous season’s league (2015) ending in the first eight places on the log will participate at the start of the new season.”

He adds that some high schools are very excited about this top eight competition and will be start with work in October to kick-start planning and the logistics of the tournament.

18 March next year has been scheduled provisionally, with the first of four quarter-final matches to start at 09:00. The semi-finals are proposed to start at 11:15, followed by the third place play-off at 13:00.

The cup final has been proposed to take place at 14:30 that same day.

The eight high schools that will be engaged in an open draw will be: Cloetesville, Beacon Hill, Aloe, Tafelsig, Woodlands, Portland, Mondale and Spine Road

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