An uphill battle is expected when the defending champions of the Copa Coca Cola u.15 Northern Cape football tournament comes to Kimberley’s AR Abass Stadium to impose their authority on Saturday (22/07).
The five schools competing for top provincial honours includes the hosts Kimberley Technical High School, Concordia High, Carlton van Heerden and the Gamohana Intermediate School.
The defending champions, Orion High, are confident that they will cruise with ease when facing the other teams and successfully defend their hard-earned title.
The Northern Cape remains one of the most overlooked provinces in the country and the youngsters from this part of the country believe in the power of programmes such as the Copa Coca Cola.
The programme has been applauded for its potential in attracting talent scouts and development coaches from big teams in the country.
It will be a dream come true when the scouts may spot one or two rare gems this coming weekend, as they did with Rivaldo Coetzee from Namaqualand, who is currently with Cape City and the national squad, Bafana Bafana.
The Northern Cape arm of the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) assures the community of Kimberley an all-out affair of quality football as they prepare to welcome all the teams to this festival of opportunities.
All systems are in place and competent referees will be at hand to run a clean and smooth tournament.
Doors will open at 09:00 for the public to come and witness the best of the best schools in the Northern Cape for free.
Elikana Mutsharini, the Northern Cape Sasfa vice chairperson and Copa Coca Cola coordinator, urges members of the public to fill the stadium for this extravaganza.
“We are in a comfortable position because we have been consistent as a school,” says Christy Matthews, team manager of Orion High.
“These lads have been playing together for more than three years, as they have represented the school at this level in the other schools football programmes.
“It is a good thing that these games take place whilst the schools are in recess and they had ample time to practice, because practice makes perfect.
“We have secured support from all stakeholders in our province to come support these games.
“They are about the pride of our province,” said Aubrey Isaacs, the second deputy chairperson of the Northern Cape and NEC member of Sasfa.
Meanwhile Simba Marumo, the Copa Coca Cola ambassador, will also be present during the games to give his support and to choose a deserving player to be selected to join the national team.