Tuesday, March 29, 2011


It’s official: Coca-Cola has partnered with top South African house music label Soul Candi to bring, DJ Terence Parkah, Giggs Superstar, Shimza, Dr Duda, to the national finals of Copa Coca-Cola.

Copa Coca-Cola national finals, the soccer tournament aimed at finding SA’s strongest Under 18 team, take place this weekend in Kimberley. Galeshewe Stadium will be a hive of activity from 31 March to 2 April when the nine Provincial winners clash for the title of the country’s top high school soccer team. 

As if the action on the pitch is not enough, top DJs from Soul Candi will be entertaining the crowds after the matches on certain days, bringing the two South African passions of the beautiful game and music together at one event.

The soccer starts on 31 March at 8.30am and fans can expect non-stop action on the field through to 6.30pm. 
Then on Friday, 1 April, DJ Shimza will play between 4.30pm and 5.30pm, and immediately after the final on Saturday, 2 April, Terence Parkah, Giggs Superstar and Dr Duda will give a full on 3-hour concert from  2 – 5pm. 

“I am really looking forward to rocking Galeshewe stadium with some Soul Candi magic and seeing SA’s future football stars in action,” said Dr Duda. “Come join us as we bring football and entertainment to life!”

But the entertainment does not stop there!  Throughout each day there will be 200 Soul Candi CD’s to be won and the first 500 people into the stadium on 31 March and 1 April will get to have their picture taken with Lucas Radebe and the DJ of the day.

On the field of play it is a question of who will be the 2011 Copa Coca-Cola Champions.  Gauteng’s Johannesburg High School, the current trophy holders, are not in the running after being knocked out at the Provincial Finals.  This leaves the title wide open and the soccer action promises to be electrifying as the top nine teams battle it out for the prize money of R150 000 for first place,        R100 000 for second place and the R60 000-worth third place. These lump sums are to be spent on a school legacy project of the school’s choice. The schools represented at the nationals have also already each received a R40 000 cash prize for simply making it this far in the tournament.

“The national final will be an event not to be missed,” says Themba Nobanda, brand manager of Coca-Cola South Africa. “We have pulled out all the stops to make sure that this year’s event is a memorable one. Coca-Cola is a sponsor of sport to the highest international level and, as such, we know the business of entertaining crowds at such events. This year will be no different.”

While spectators wait in anticipation for the finals to start, the teams have been focusing on preparing for the tough competition ahead. Underdogs Mohloli High School from Sharpeville are the favourites for this year’s title in light of their surprise-victory over the Esselenpark School of Excellence.

“This is the first time we have played in the Copa Coca-Cola and getting through to the finals was a huge achievement - something we did not expect,” says Mohloli Coach, Tebello Kheswa. “Facing one of the top football youth academies in the country, the School of Excellence, in the Gauteng Provincial finals was a daunting task. But the guys have proven themselves and are now focused on the final.”

The team’s manager, Sello Tshabalala, explains the strategy that got Mohloli to the nationals. “Although our school is relatively unknown, we have been playing friendlies against any team that would face us - even some Under 23 teams,” says Tshabalala. “Our squad has been practising since schools closed last year, and when we go into a competition, we don’t go nervous - we go prepared.”

Mohloli High School team captain, Themba Mokoena said, “We are looking forward to the finals, I am not sure of what to expect as it is our first time there, however I believe that we are fully prepared. I know we have been classified as underdogs and newcomers but I believe many will know us by the end of the tournament. 

“We have worked really hard to be where we are now and our goal now is to reach the finals and go back home with the silverware, explained the 17 year old goalkeeper.”

Besides the generous cash prizes that are up for grabs, Coca-Cola has joined forces with SASFA to use the tournament as a platform to find South Africa’s next big soccer stars. Former Leeds and Bafana player, and ambassador of the Copa Coca-Cola, Lucas Radebe, along with a host of other big names have had their eyes open for any promising new talent for the professional leagues. And between Isaac Shai, Seputla Nhlapho, Yster Ndlovu and Robinson Seakamelala as well as referee analyst, Sylvester Ndaba, no talented player will be denied the opportunity to prove himself as worthy of playing in South Africa’s big leagues.

So get to Galeshewe Stadium from 31 March to see your music and soccer heroes live, and to be part of the crowd that will bring the house down at the biggest event of the Copa Coca-Cola so far.
“Football development is key to the future success of our National Team,” said Lucas Radebe.  “Copa Coca-Cola is aimed at bringing top players in the country together to play in a competitive environment and to look for talented youngsters who could be developed into future stars.  I am looking forward to Kimberley to see what is on offer at this age.”

Gauteng: Mohloli High,
Mpumalanga:  Freddy Sithole High,
Northern Cape: Kakamas High,
Eastern Cape: Ndamase secondary,
KwaZulu-Nata: Groudville High,
North West: Sol Plaatjie High,
Free State: HTS Louis Botha,
Limpopo: Benny’s care academy and Western Cape Sports School from the Western Cape clash for the title of the country’s top high school soccer team.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Kgwahlele Primary School win the Limpopo Danone Nations Cup Provincial Final

Kgwahlele Primary School from the Waterberg region were crowned  Limpopo’s Danone Nations Cup Provincial champions this past weekend, 26 March at Seshigo Ground C in Polokwane  after beating Lerale Primary School from Mopani region 3 – 2 on penalties. The game was tied at 1-all at the end of regulation time.  Kgwahlele Primary School will now go on to represent their province at the Danone Nations Cup National Finals to be held on the 11th June in Gauteng.

Kgwahlele coach, Lerumo Kekane, could not contain his excitement after being crowned the Danone Nations Cup Limpopo champions.   “This is the second time we have played in the Danone nations Cup and getting through to the finals was a huge accomplishment, something we have been wishing for.  It was not easy having to face the best under 12 teams in the province, the team that I believe was our main stumbling block was Benny’s Care primary, but I just told my boys to go out there, enjoy the game and not worry about the other teams.  That’s exactly what they did and we won. Now we are going to focus on the bigger challenge; the national finals.” 11 year-old Vincent Setsiba from Kgwahlele, was top goal scorer of the day with three goals.

North West and Mpumalanga are the next Provinces to host their finals on 16 April 2011 at Ikageng Stadium in Potchefstroom and Ackerville Sports Ground in Witbank respectively, followed by the Northern Cape on 07 May at the Galeshewe Stadium, Kimberley.

The Danone Nations Cup World Final is the biggest soccer tournament for children between the ages of 10 and 12 in the world.  Every year there are 40 countries that participate and currently all countries are holding qualifiers to find the one team that will represent each respective country in the World Finals.  In 2010 all countries converged on South Africa and in 2011 Spain will host the tournament. “This tournament has become so popular that many more countries than 40 apply to participate but due to logistics Groupe Danone has decided to keep the number at 40,” said Sandra Dorville, Communications Manager, Danone South Africa.  “Our aim in sponsoring this event is to touch the lives of as many youngsters a possible around the world and encourage them to live healthy lifestyles.  The tournament is now in its 11th year and to date we have reached over 15 million people around the world.”



Kgwahlele Primary School 1 vs Lerale Primary School 1
Benny’s Care Primary School 0 vs Dorothy Langa 2
Mafemane Primary School 5  vs Kgwahlele Primary School 0
Lerale Primary School    3 vs Benny’s Care Primary School 1
Dorothy Langa Primary School 1 vs  Mafemane Primary School
Kgwahlele Primary School 2 vs Benny’s Care Primary School 1
Lerale Primary School 0 vs Dorothy Langa Primary School 1
Benny’s Care Primary School 1 (0) vs Mafemane Primary School 1 (2)
Dorothy Langa Primary School 0 vs Kgwahlele Primary School 1
Mafemane Primary School 0 vs Lerale Primary School 2

1st – Kgwahlele Primary School – 12 pts
2nd – Lerale Primary School – 9 pts
3rd – Mafemane Primary School – 4 pts
4th – Benny’s Care Primary School – 4 pts
5th - Dorothy Langa Primary School – 0 pts

Kgwahlele Primary School 1(3 P)vs.  Lerale Primary School 1 (2P)



Second time participants in Copa Coca-Cola, Western Cape Sports Academy from Kuils River, were crowned the Western Province Copa Coca-Cola Provincial winners after beating Modderdam High School from Cape Flats 3 – 0.  The finals took place in Mitchell’s Plain in Cape Town under the watchful eye of former Bafana Bafana captain, Lucas Radebe.

“Today was tremendous fun for me,” said Radebe. “Firstly I managed to have one-on-one time with all eight  teams that participated and therefore all the players and I found this experience exhilarating as I caught a glimpse of what 18 year old footballers are all about. There was a great deal of positive thinking and what I like so much about the Western Cape people is their sense of humour.  One of the players even came to me asking if I wanted his signature as one day he will be a star and I can get in first! Spending time with youth that has passion and drive and the will to achieve was encouraging and I feel that our football future looks bright.”

Radebe also spent time with the fans:  “Mitchell’s Plain has a problem with the youth using drug and belonging to gans so I spent a large part of the day speaking to the youngsters about living an active lifestyle, setting goals and following a plan of action.  If today I could have inspire and changed the life of  just one youngster I will feel happy.”

But football took centre stage.  Defending champions, Cloetesville High School looked the team to beat after winning all their league games, but they crashed out in the semifinals by the Western Cape Sports School 5 – 3 on penalties “Cloetesville was a well disciplined and enthusiastic team,” commented Radebe.  “But football is also a game of chance and luck and today was not their day.  But credit must go to the Western Cape Sports School who finished second in the Provincial Finals last year.” 

The school has only been in existence for a couple of years and this is their first win in a high profile tournament.  “Our school focuses on sport and this win is just the start of good things to come,” said  Sesanda Nkuhlu, Western Cape Sport school, Head of Sport  “I think that one of the key advantages we had today was the boys fitness.  Being a sports academy the players practice every day and we are always playing competitive games which helps build confidence and gives the players that edge over the competitors.”

Scouts from Ajax Cape Town made an appearance, but were cagy in giving out any information. 

2010 winners, Cloetesville did not go home empty handed and Ryan Wagenaar took home the top goal scorer award for his 5 goal record.

“Copa Coca-Cola creates a wonderful opportunity to get young aspiring players to focus on what they love: playing football and developing their skills as well as living an active lifestyle,” said Themba Nobanda, Coca-Cola Brand Manager.  “This sponsorship provides Coca-Cola with the platform to reach future South African football stars, role models and decision makers and we encourage them to set goals. What was so good about this weekend was to see teams that have never competed in a previous Copa Coca-Cola doing so well which means we are broadening our base.”

Western Cape Sports School wins R40 000 as the Western Province Provincial winner with the National Finals being their next challenge happening at the Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley from 31th March to 2nd April. The national winner will take home R150 000 worth of school or sport equipment for their school.

Gansbaai High School  1  Bastiaanse High School  5
Western Cape Sports School  3  Portlands   1
Robinvale High School   1  Modderdam High School   2
Cloetesville High School    6  Murray High School    0
Gansbaai High School   2  Robinvale High School    1
Murray High School  0   Portlands    1
Western Cape Sports School   (1) P5   Cloetesville High School   (1) P3
Bastiaanse  High School  0  Modderdam High School     2
Bastiaanse High School 0         Cloetesville High School 4
Western Cape Sports School     Modderdam High School

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


The last Copa Coca-Cola Provincial Final will happen at the Lentegeur Stadium, Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town on Saturday, 26 March, where eight Regional high school winners will fight it out to be the school to represent Western Province in the National finals.  Players and fans can expect an action packed entertaining day that will be further enhanced with a visit by ex Bafana Bafana captain, Lucas Radebe. 

“Copa Coca-Cola promotes on-going youth development through our active lifestyle platform,” said Themba Nobanda, Coca-Cola Brand Manager.  “It is not just about winning, but about respecting diversity, forging friendships, and harnessing the extraordinary power that football has to unite people.  Lucas is a true role model who has played the game at the highest level.  He knows what it takes to get to the top – and stay there - and is therefore an ideal Copa Coca-Cola  ambassador.”

Copa Coca-Cola, explains Nobanda, is also about feeding new players into the existing structures of South African soccer to create a legacy in the sport. Besides the cash prizes to be won, the tournament creates a platform for high school players interested in a professional soccer career to be seen be scouts from SAFA as well as from PSL clubs.  
The Western Cape Provincial finals kick-off at 9am on Saturday and the battle will be between; Robinvale Secondary School from West Coast Region, Gansbaai Secondary School (Overberg Region), Marray Secondary School (Eden Region) Cloetesville Secondary School (Winelands region).   Bastiaanse Secondary School (Karoo Region), Western Cape Sports School (Cape Town Region), Moderdam Secondary School (Cape Town Region) and Portlands Secondary School (Cape Town Region). All schools this week will be trying to dethrone last year’s Western Cape champions Cloetesville High School.

But Cloetesville coach, Chris Joubert, hopes that his team will retain its top position, considering they have successfully defended their title in three out of the four years they have been playing in the tournament. “We have lost some of our keys players that did so well last year but have found some promising new talent,” he says. “We remain positive and go into these finals with a positive outlook. We are a proud team from a proud school, all we can do is play our best and see what happens.
“Keep an eye out for Damien van der Rheede, one of our top defenders. He and striker Ryan Wagenaar are definitely going to cause a stir on the pitch, Joubert adds. “Wagenaar has already been noticed by a number of Johannesburg-based teams and I think this year will be his chance to prove himself.”

The ultimate winner on Saturday will join: Mohlodi High School (Gauteng), Freddie Sithole High School ( Mpumalanga), Groutville High School (KwaZulu-Natal), Kakamas High School (Northern Cape), Ndamase Senior  Secondary School (Eastern Cape), Benny’s Care Academy (Limpopo), Sol Plaatjies High School (North West) and HTS Louis Botha (Free State) at the National Finals scheduled for Kimberley from 31 March to 2 April.

All nine Provincial winners receive R40 000 just for making it as far as they have, and the National winners will receive an additional R150 000. Second place and third place get to take home R100 000 and R60 000 respectively; these lump sums are to be spent on a legacy project of the school’s choice.

“Coca-Cola realises that a successful football legacy cannot be left for the next generation without a strong development programme in place to identify talent that can be nurtured,” says Nobanda. “These youngsters will turn into professional footballers and role models - and bring success to future national teams.”
With the Western Cape concluding the provincial finals, the National finals are next up. Regardless of who wins on Saturday, all the finalists will be known and it will be all-systems-go for the intense, high-pressure, high-quality football that the National round of the Copa Coca-Cola is known for.

Media Enquiries:
Themba Nobanda
Brand Manager
Coca-Cola South Africa
082 215 1823
Pearl Ndlazi
083 232 1389

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2011 Danone Nations Cup: Provincial finals kick off in Polokwane

In the eyes of a child, the boots of their National soccer hero seem way too big to fill, but there is a tournament that puts experienced players on the stands and the young talent on the field. The Danone Nations Cup gives youngsters the chance to make the shoe fit and become soccer stars in their own right.

The Danone Nations Cup has become the biggest soccer tournament for children between the ages of 10 and 12 and the 2011 qualifiers are currently underway in all 40 countries that will be participating in the World Finals happening in October. In South Africa there are approximately 3 000 primary schools that compete and the 2011 first Provincial final is set to happen on Saturday, 26 March at Seshego sports ground C in Polokwane.

The reigning Limpopo champions, Dorothy Langa Primary School (Capricorn region), are at it again this year, but Kgwahlele Primary (Waterberg region), Mafemane Primary (Sekhukhune region), Benny’s Care Primary (Vhembe region) and Lerale Primary (Mopani region) are keen to dethrone them.

Manager of the Dorothy Langa team, Enos Hlako, is confident that his squad will perform well again this year. “This will be the third consecutive year that we have made it to the Provincial finals, and I am sure we are going to do very well this year,” he comments. “These small boys will make your head spin when you see them play! We know the route to the top and we have the assets - now is the time to show what we are made of and to get to the National final.”

But winning a spot at the top is not the most important objective of this tournament, according to Sandra Dorville, Communications Manager of Danone South Africa. “The mission of Group Danone as a company is to bring health through food to as many people as possible,” she explains. “In this day and age it is very important to start teaching the value of a healthy diet at a young age.”

“What we wanted to do when we launched the tournament was to promote healthy eating habits by means of having fun and leading by example. In other words, while the children are involved in the tournament they will learn the value of good healthy food,” says Dorville. “We also emphasise the values of team spirit, respect and fair play to our developing young footballers.”

Last year’s national Danone Nations Cup winners, Sinenzuzo Primary from Hamandale in KwaZulu-Natal, received an unusual prize in the form of food gardens planted at the school and at each team member’s house.  Not only do these organic gardens bolster food-growing efforts in the area in the long-term, but they are already producing crops that contain the vitamins and minerals that kids require as they grow.

The excitement all starts at Seshego sports grounds in Polokwane on 26 March at the Limpopo Provincial finals. Spectators are welcome. Come see tomorrow’s stars starting their career today under the watchful eye of Kamohelo Mokotjo. The defending midfielder now playing for Dutch club Feyenoord also previously played in the Danone Nations Cup and is South Africa’s ambassador in the competition this year.

This year’s world finals of the Danone Nations Cup will be hosted by current FIFA World Cup champions, Spain, in October. There, the winner of each country (40 in total) will play it out for the world title. Each team is flown to and accommodated in Spain, compliments of Group Danone. Each country decides how they find their winning team, but most countries select through their school system. 

“Since its inception in 2000 the Danone Nations Cup has grown from 8 participating countries to 40.  Logistically we cannot take in any more countries so it is a case of first come first serve. South Africa has been involved since the tournament started and we hope to keep the momentum going and give our youth many more years of excitement,” said Dorville.


Benny’s Care Academy from Vhembe Region were crowned the Limpopo Copa Coca-Cola Provincial winners after beating Makgoka High School from Capricorn region 5-4 on penalties after neither team managed to score during regulation time. The finals took place in Malamulele stadium, Giyani, on Saturday 19 March.

After being knocked out at the district phase of Copa Coca-Cola last year, Benny’s Care Academy were not tipped to win in 2011, but the players seemed to have taken up the challenge and from the first game of the day they showed confidence and determination and fought hard to win the tournament.

Benny’s Elias “Tiego” Mphothi, won the goalkeeper of the tournament: “This is the start of great things to come for our team, and we are looking forward to the national finals. We came here prepared and we were match fit to face any opponent.” Many of the Benny’s Care pupils who were playing on Saturday are also part of the Benny’s Sports Development Academy; founded in 2004 - two years after the birth of Benny’s Care Academy - with the sole purpose of developing football excellence in young boys. The Academy has been involved in a number of development tournaments over the years and has won a number of titles. At the moment Benny’s Sports Development Academy has over 400 boys, aged between 7 and 20 enrolled at the school.

Makgoka High School took home two honors:  Top goalscorer and Player of the Tournament awards, both going to central midfielder, Thabiso Kutumela. “Even though I am disappointed about the final score, I am comforted by the recognition which is a reflection of good team work. I would not have done it on my own and give my team mates credit for helping me. “  

Benny’s Care Academy wins R40 000 as the provincial winner and will join Mohloli High School (Gauteng), Kakamas High School (Northern Cape), Groutville High School (KwaZulu Natal), Ndamase Secondary School (Eastern Cape), HTS (Free State) Freddie Sithole High (Mpumalanga) and Sol Plaatjie High (North West) at the National Finals to be held at the Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley from 31th March to 2nd April. The national winner will take home R150 000 worth of school or sport equipment for their school.

Kgwana High School 2 vs Mohlamme High School 1

1st Semi Final:
Makgoka High School (2) p4 vs Phagameng High School (2) p3

2nd Semi Final:Benny’s Care School 5 vs Kgwana High School1

Final:Benny’s Care (0) p5 vs Makgoka (0) p4

Other Copa Coca-Cola provincial finals played on the day at various Venues:
Free State: Match 1: Thabovuyo High School 0 vs Harmony High School 5
Match 2: Hts Louis Botha School 8 vs Nkgopoleng High School 0
Match 3: Ntsu High School (0) 4p vs Harmony High School (0) 2p
Final: Ntsu High School 0 vs Hts Louis Botha School 5 

North West:Match 1: Eletsa High School (0) 3p vs Thuto – Boswa Secondary School (0) 2p
Match 2: Sol Plaatjie Senior Secondary School 1 vs Kgononyane High School 0
Final: Eletsa High School 1vs Sol Plaatjie Senior Secondary School 2

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fixture List for the Danone Nations Cup South Africa

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13-Jan-11Registration opens
18-Feb-11Registration closes & consolidation of fixtures
02-Mar-11Kick off in all circuits
26-Mar-11LimpopoSeshego Ground CPolokwane
12-Mar-11WaterbergMookgopong StadiumMookgopong
12-Mar-11CapricornSeshego IndustrialPolokwane
19-Mar-11SekhukhuneMagakala GroundsJane Furse
05-Mar-11MopaniNkowa Nkowa StadiumNkowa Nkowa
17-Mar-11VhembeMalamulele StadiumMalamulele
16-Apr-11North WestIkageng StadiumPotchefstroom
26-Mar-11Dr K KaundaSannishof StadiumSannishof
26-Mar-11Ngaka M Molema Mafikeng
26-Mar-11Dr RS Mompati Setlagole
26-Mar-11Bojanala Rustenburg
19-Mar-11Gert SibandeKinross Sasol ClubKinross
12-Apr-11Bushbuckridge Thulamahashe StadiumBushbuckridge
13-Apr-11NkangalaMhluzi StadiumMiddelburg
23-Mar-11Ehlanzeni Barberton 
07-May-11Kwa Zulu NatalGrosvenor Boys High BluffDurban
12-Mar-11AmajubaAbar ParkLadysmith
19-Mar-11UmzinyathiSport GroundsEnquthu
11-Mar-11UthunguluEsikhawini Sport CentreEsikhawini
12-Mar-11ObonjeniSport GroundsHluhluwe
03-Mar-11VryheidDumbe Sport CentrePaulpietersburg
10-Mar-11UmgungundlovuAB Jackson GroundsPietermaritzburg
19-Mar-11UthukulaSport GroundsBergville
10-Mar-11IlembeRecreation GroundsStanger
10-Mar-11UguMarburg GroundsPort Shepstone
12-Mar-11Sisonke Kokstad
18-Mar-11PinetownAnderson ParkDurban
10-Mar-11UmlaziUmlazi Durban
07-May-11Northern CapeGaleshewe StadiumKimberley
23-Apr-11PixleyProteaville Sport GroundBritstown
23-Apr-11JTGSports GroundsKhathu
23-Apr-11Francis BaardWarrenton PrimaryWarrenton
23-Apr-11SiyandaPaballelo StadiumUpington
23-Apr-11NamaquaSports GroundsOkiep
14-May-11Free StateMangaung OutdoorBloemfontein
30-Apr-11MotheoMangaung outdoorBloemfontein
30-Apr-11Fezile DabiViljoenskroonViljoenskroon
23-Apr-11XhariepJargersfontein GroundsJagersfontein
16-Apr-11Thabo MofutsanyaneBlue Gum Bosch StadiumQwaqwa
21-May-11Western CapeBellville South SportCape Town
 Cape TownNyanga Sport groundsCape Town
 EdenPacalstsdorp Sport groundsGeorge
 OverbergHermanus SportfieldsHermanus
 WinelandsCloetesville SportfieldsStellenbosch
 West CoastSandanhabay GroundsSandanhabay
28-May-11Eastern Cape East London
06-May-11OR TamboNgqeleni SSS GroundsNgqeleni
04-Jun-11GautengEldorado ParkEldorado Park
 Inter District  
 Inter District  
11-Jun-11National FinalsEldorado ParkEldorado Park