Friday, June 23, 2017
Provincial winners a step away from a possible trip to the Danone Nations Cup world finals in the USA
The nine provincial champion schools that will be competing in the Danone Nations Cup national finals have been identified and among them are Phaphama Intermediate School and Roodepan Primary School, representing the Free State and Northern Cape.
The national finals take place at Reiger Park, Boksburg, on Saturday 1st July.
For Roodepan, this is not the first time that they will be at the national finals tournament. They made it through to this stage twice. In 2014 the Kimberley School came 6th at the nationals and in 2015 they were 5th.
But that is the past and looking at this year both teams have an equal chance of winning the nationals. Phaphama may not have the national final experience, but their coach, Lekwa Mokoining, is a well-qualified youth coach and he owns his own soccer club, Future Stars FC.
He formed the club in 2014 and most of his team also play for the club, so they get extra coaching and training.
Mokoining has a Level D coaching certificate from SAFA, which he obtained in 2016. “Having this qualification has made a tremendous difference as it has helped me design and implement the right training programme. The players can avoid any injuries during their matches, and it teaches players the basic skills of soccer such as passing the ball and communicating well on the field.”
For Roodepan Primary, preparing for the nationals has not been easy. Many of the players are also in the school’s rugby team, so finding time for practice sessions has not been easy. And the two sports are very different.
Team manager, Enricho Chapman, says, however, that they have managed to iron out many of the problems that emerged during the provincial finals, particularly the lack of goals scored and scoring opportunities.
“We will be relying on our midfielder, Graham Davids, who is the best player in the team. He also plays rugby, so he has not managed to get in enough practice time, but we are looking for a big contribution from him.”
The school that wins the national title will travel to New York in September to compete in the Danone Nations Cup world finals
The provincial champion schools are:
Eastern Cape: Isaacs Booi Primary School
Free State: Phaphama Intermediate School
Gauteng: Acron Park Primary School
KwaZulu-Natal: Mophela Primary School
Limpopo: Haggai Combined Private School
Mpumalanga: Sekhulile Primary School
Northern Cape: Roodepan Primary School
North West: Mmamitlwa Primary School
Western Cape: Idas Valley Primary School